Smoky Barrett #1 Skyggen
Title: Shadow Man
Series: Smoky Barrett #1
Author: Cody McFadyen
Published in English: 2007
Dansk titel: Skyggen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2012
Finished Reading: November 2019
Genre: Thriller, Crime & Mystery
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead but her life was shattered forever.
Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose?
She’s about to find out.
In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him: a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.
The killer videotaped his latest crime, an act of horror that left a child motherless, then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.
Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother—and a merciless killer’s next victim.
My opinion on this work is a serious case of confliction. At one point, I find this extremely interesting and exciting, but one particular scene destroyed my reading experience.
I enjoyed the story and it certainly had some tense moments where I didn’t wanted to put down my book for any reason whatsoever. I never really felt a connection with our main character Smoky; she seemed like any other lead role in the genre of crime.
The other characters seemed generic and way to overcome by their emotions. Never ever have I read a book where people vomited and fainted so much.
If you can look past the characters faults and whatnot, you’ll enjoy the read if you like the genre of course. The mystery itself was good and not at any point in the book did I guess who the killer was.
Let’s just say I was surprised.
I’ve read a few times that people find the book to gory and brutal but that’s just part of the genre and in my opinion it wasn’t immensely or excessive.
At times, I found the language to be a bit crude and I felt like skipping some of the trash talk since it’s not up in my alley. The best part of this book is without a doubt the beginning. I was a little stuck in terms of reading and it brought my lust back out again, unfortunately it didn’t quiet keep up the level toward the end.