Hopefully this gets better - I'm already irritated with the MC. LOL
She has to answer 2 questions correctly. Second question is what is her best friends cell phone number? Correct answer would be I don't know. Who memorizes phone numbers other than the house/main phone? And it takes me years to memorize that. I never even had a boyfriends number memorized. I always have phone numbers written down.
What more can one possibly say about Chris Carter's brilliant choice and brilliant style of writing? There really is nothing more to say than what I've already said, for Chris Carter really knows how to bring his characters to life, and simultaneously make sure that none of them is truly safe, besides his super-hero crime unit detective that goes by the name Robert Hunter of course, who's the biggest star of this truly amazing thriller novel series. This novel, titled, The Caller deals with cancer of today's society and our addictiveness to it, our narcissism, and our ignorance and our arrogance of our own selfish actions. So believe me when I say this, this is quite a read, and after reading this, you will wonder yourself about this cancer, if it can be stopped or cured someday and replaced by something far more intelligent and far more safe. I have to say though that I wasn't surprised at all by the final reveal and by the ending of this novel, and I sort of knew what was to come when Robert put the pieces together and solved the puzzle that solved the crime and brought the killer to justice. So if you haven't already read any book of this series, I strongly recommend it and suggest it that you give it a try, for Chris Carter has proven himself to be one of the best thriller writers of our age.
I am sure I am not the only one who was disappointed when The Caller (8th outing for Robert Hunter) was not published last July and we the faithful had to wait a further 6+ months before the great Detective Hunter of the LA ultra violent crimes unit was confronted once again with a seemingly unstoppable and deranged serial killer. Hunter is not like any detective I have met before, he is highly intelligent possessing an over active mind that rarely allows him time to relax. He enjoys alcohol but not in the falling down "sozzled" way, rather his tipple of choice is single malt scotch whisky which he savours and sips....."Hunter reached for his glass and brought it to his nose. The smoky and complex aroma of the golden liquid made him smile again. He picked up a water jar and poured just a little more than a few drops into the tumbler, before finally sipping his whisky. Smooth sweet vanilla, with sooty smoke coming to the fore and a long honeyed ember finish..."
A sadistic killer is once again targeting victims in downtown LA, and his methods of execution are both bloody and ingenious. Rather than use immediate torture he makes a video call to someone very close to the victim and asks that person 2 questions. If the friend is successful in answering then the victim lives but a wrong response results in him or her having to watch a horrific and callous murder. What sets Chris Carter's books apart from his rivals is the methods that the perpetrator uses to silence his victims. We have a face destroyed by glass fragments, a head crushed in a vice, a skull penetrated with a chisel and hammer...He brought the chisel and hammer back to Cassandra's head. This time he positioned the chisel just a little left from center, and only about an inch up from her forehead........Up went the hammer. Down it came BANG...." The fact that the author studied psychology and criminal behaviour and as a criminal psychologist worked with many serious offenders means that he can display his knowledge through the brilliant and determined Detective Hunter. My Favourite character in The Caller is Mr J (Jenkinson) married to the lovely Cassandra, who falls victim to the "demon" (I'm not spoiling the story by sharing that with you) We discover that Mr J has a hidden occupation, one that his wife was not aware of, he is a hit man for the mob, and when Cassandra meets an untimely demise Mr J is on the case.....So with Detective Hunter chasing the demon before he strikes again and Mr J demanding revenge the scene is set for a fantastic conclusion...a perfect ending that bought a smile to my face with a beautiful closing observation......
Yes Chris Carter's stories may not be deep, observational and character driven but by god they are great fun to read and once started impossible to stop. The front of the UK hardback edition states "as compelling as a box-set thriller" and that is a great description. I hope I do not have to wait 18 months before joining Detective Hunter and his colleague Carlos Garcia on another thrilling outing!