Author: Marcus Sakey
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review By: Shana
Another rousing thriller from Sakey, but this time instead of SF twists it is the paranormal that makes a crime procedural something more. It appears to be present day and a sniper is terrorizing Chicago. With the body count in the upper teens and no solid leads, we meet two FBI agents (Will Brody and his supervisor, Claire McKoy) who are struggling to track the killer. Also par for Sakey's course is that these two characters are falling in love and that they are equally capable in a fight. The twist here is that when one of the characters falls victim to the sniper they find themselves in some sort of afterlife, known by its denizens as the Echo.
What follows is some serviceable world building, interspersed with flashbacks to a few centuries ago where a human with psychopathic tendencies slowly becomes a monster, and a larger plot of powerful beings who pull threads in the real world leading to horrendous permutations of violence, hatred, and disaster. The book moves quickly, includes some steamy sex scenes, smart dialog, and a love story accompanied by supernaturally charged fights. In the end, Sakey feels a bit rushed and resolutions a bit pat, and the most interesting characters (the mostly unseen former humans who pull strings) are left mostly un-illuminated. Still, a fun way to spend a few hours.
My love of reading was sparked in 3rd grade by the promise of personal pan pizzas via the BOOK IT! Program. Hmmmm... any chance that someone might give adults free food for reading? Asking for a friend...