Review: Victim Six (Sheriff Detective Kendall Stark #1) by Gregg Olsen

Print Length: 408 pages
Publisher: Pinnacle Books (February 1, 2010)

From  The bodies are found in towns and cities around Puget Sound. The young women who are the victims had nothing in common--except the agony of their final moments. But somebody carefully chose them to stalk, capture, and torture...a depraved killer whose cunning is matched only by the depth of his bloodlust. But the dying has only just begun. And next victim will be the most shocking of all...


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

No matter how many times I tried to get into this one, I just couldn't. And the sad thing is it wasn't just any one reason either, but a combination of them that made them hard to overlook. 

To start with there was just so much going on that I often had trouble not only figuring out who was who, but who was saying what. It became distracting and frustrating as I had to go back time and again and re-read passages. I also felt absolutely no connection to Kendall - there were times when I questioned not only her motives but her intelligence as well. 

Sure, the reader was privy to the knowledge of who was behind the killings ahead of the detectives, but that didn't excuse the way they seemed to bumble about. It made me wonder how exactly they became detectives in the first place when the obvious seemed to be overlooked. 

Finally, the graphic, borderline snuff film quality to the killings when seen "through the killer's eyes" was just too much. I am all for violence when it moves the plot forward, but this did nothing but try and shock the reader. 

Overall, this was not a good introduction to this author for me. At this time it is doubtful whether I would read more from this author or not.

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