Sunday, June 14, 2009

Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 397
Challenges: none
New-to-me author? No
Author's website

Simple Description
James Chilton is owner and writer of a blog that talks about political and sometimes not political happenings in the California area. He has blogged about local projects that might not be as great for the area as people want you to believe. One of his latest ones is about how a car crash on a local highway caused the death of 2 teenagers. Is it the government's fault that the section of highway isn't more safe? When people start leaving negative comments on this post about the kid who was driving the car, things start to get out of hand. The kid is a teenager who doesn't have a lot of friends and games a lot. Roadside crosses start to show up that have a future date on them, they are announcing a death, not remembering a death. The teenage boy is quickly the #1 suspect when he disappears along with his father's gun. Kathryn Dance is the lead investigator for these killings. She brings in computer guru from outside the field office to help hack into the computers of the victims and suspect and help her and her co-workers get a better understanding of how social networking works these days.

While this is all going on, Kathryn's mother is arrested and then released on bail for doing a mercy killing. So Kathryn has several things going on and you get a couple different stories within this book.

Why did I read this book?
I had read another Deaver book and really enjoyed it, so when I was offered the chance to review this one I jumped at it.

What I liked most:
The story kept my interest. I thought there were a lot of twists and turns and liked that there were two different stories going on at the same time. I think it just made the main character more believable. She does have other stuff going on in her life, not just this case.

Was there something I didn't like?
Not that I can remember.

Do I recommend the book?
I do. It's not the first book featuring Kathryn Dance, so maybe you should start with the first (which I'm too lazy to look up and provide the name of). However, if you don't, you can still follow this story and enjoy it. I thought the computer/social networking aspect was fun. I don't know if that's because I am an IT person or not, so not sure how much other non-IT people like it.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris


bermudaonion said...

I haven't read any of Deaver's work, but I would like to. I do like to read series in order, though, so I would want to read the others in the series first.

Lezlie said...

Kathryn Dance shows up for the first time in a Lincoln Rhyme novel (The Cold Moon), in addition to the one featuring her before this one that you mentioned, which is called The Sleeping Doll.

I can't wait to read this one! I love Deaver's work.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - I normally prefer to read a series in order, but I found that I deviate from that more and more. I think this is only the 2nd book I've read by the author and enjoyed I bet you would too.

Lezlie - thanks for providing the info for my readers! I appreciate it.