Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: The Rosary Girls


The Rosary Girls
Richard Montanari
Ballantine Books
Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city–over the edge.

Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.

Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.

My Review:  This is another author that is new to me. I found this book while on goodreads and read the above description. I thought I would give it a try because it is in my adopted city. So, I picked up a used copy of it. I was not disappointed. This was a dark and fast paced crime story that pulls you in and keeps you guessing till the end. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I liked how the author introduced them and then build on the foundation and back story of them. Not giving you full background before the story develops.
    The roller coaster of a ride that was this book was outstanding. I held on to my seat for dear life. I am now a fan of Mr. Montanari. I was captured by every aspect of this book. The crimes, the mystery, the characters, and their struggles.

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