Saturday, December 12, 2009

Victim Six-Gregg Olsen

Victim Six
Gregg Olsen
Pinnacle, Feb 1 2010, $7.99
ISBN: 9780786020447

In the Puget Sound area, Samuel and Melody Castile abduct Celesta Delgado. They rape and torture her before killing her. Victim number two is Marissa who receives the same treatment from the married couple. The count rises as the married couple stalks, hunts, and kidnaps their targets.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kendall Stark knows a vicious serial killer-rapist is on the loose. At the same time the cop fears the worst is happening in her county, Melody’s sister Serenity thinks her brother-in-law may be a killer; at a minimum she knows he is a lunatic. She fears for melody’s safety, unaware that Samuel has selected her as Victim Six and that her sibling is not just aware of her spouse’s murders, but a willing participant.

Victim Six hooks the reader due to the up front and in person deep look at the killing couple as the fast-paced story line comes across with an odd duality of feeling on one hand the story seems over the top of Mt. Rainier and on the other the tale seems plausible. This dichotomy demonstrates why Gregg Olsen is so good at suspense thrillers as readers will believe the Castile duo could have been the villains in the Frighteners as much as Disturbia. Well written and exciting from start to finish, fans will be hooked even knowing who the killers are early on and anticipate the sibling showdown. With a slick final twist, Victim Six is a super serial killer thriller.

Harrier Klausner