They Never Die Quietly - D. M. Annechino (Thriller)
Released February 2010
Here's the thing about D.M. Annechino's They Never Die Quietly; you can't go into the book expecting a mystery. This is a suspense/thriller, plain and simple. You know who the killer is from the get-go and along the way you gain insight into what makes him tick. The main difference for me is that despite knowing his past, I never liked him. I couldn't find any empathy towards his actions.
Detective Sami Rizzo and her partner Al Diaz are assigned to crack the case of a serial killer. Somehow he manages to take women and their children, hold them hostage somewhere before nailing them to a large wooden cross and cutting their hearts out. Readers are introduced to the killer, Simon, from the start. So there are no surprises there.
When Sami meets Simon while volunteering to feed the homeless, she is instantly drawn to him. He's charming, attractive and works at a local hospital as a physical therapist. When Simon asks her out, she hesitates but quickly accepts. By ignoring her gut instincts, Sami's life is in jeopardy.
I've read plenty of novels over the years, and will admit that the opening line caught my attention. "I lie naked on the makeshift crucifix. Along the underside of my arms, down my spine, against the back of my thighs, I can feel splinters from the rough-sawn wood prickling my tender skin."
The story is creepy. As the storyline played out, I was drawn into each victim's story. I did feel that Sami's actions were questionable at times, but every human has faults, so I can't state that every detective would have been a little smarter. I do know that when I dated, people always knew the name, phone number of the person I was dating and they knew were I was going. For a detective to have simply given her mom a first name and nothing more seems a little irresponsible.
In this economy, price matters. While I appreciate the difficultly that comes from writing and publishing a book, the cost to the consumer is equally important. I have this thing with paying more than $10 for a paperback book. If I'm paying more than $10, it has to be a book I'll read over and over or a hard cover version. That said, if you can find a copy of They Never Die Quietly on sale, I definitely think it's a worthy read. If you have to pay the full $15 asking price for the paperback version, I'd wait until you can find it a little cheaper because it isn't a story that would find its way to my keeper shelf.