I started reading Mr. Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series several years ago and became an addict. He has now added another series starring Kathryn Dance. She works for the California Bureau of Investigations. She’s a mom and a widow whose husband was killed in the line of duty as a police officer. Prior to joining the Bureau, she was a jury consultant. Kathryn has a unique honed talent. She’s a human lie detector. She studies body language to get a read on the individuals being interviewed in connection with her investigations.
This story takes place over three days as Kathryn is on vacation in Fresno, CA. Her hobby and love is recording unknown artists and loading them to a website (with their permission of course). Kathryn decides to pay a visit to her friend and rising country star Kayleigh Towne (who to me sounds suspiciously like Taylor Swift). Kayleigh is preparing for a concert in her hometown and is being relentlessly pursued by a crazed fan. Yes, a stalker.
Mr. Deaver is a wonderful writer and he can turn his stories on a dime. I’ve yet to figure out who the real bad guy is in the novels I’ve read thus far. I always think I have it figured out but darn it if he doesn’t change directions and I’m left hanging. The mystery aspect is there in XO, the descriptions are great, the storyline is okay. This novel just felt like it was missing a spark or something.
Usually when reading a Jeffrey Deaver novel, I can’t put it down. It’s entrancing. This one not so much. It felt too contained and scripted. Surprises, yes but you could feel them coming. I like the unpredictability of his novels and this one just didn’t do it for me. I found myself skimming through several areas. Never done that before with one of his novels. I always buy his books in hardback but after this installment of Kathryn Dance, I might get future novels in this series in the Kindle edition. At this point I’m not sure if Kathryn is a character who should have her own series. I’m not giving up on her though.