Full Tilt by Rick Mofina
Release Date - February 2015
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
When teens come across a woman on fire, police never expect the case to take a very dark turn. In the hospital, the badly burned, dying woman tells the lead detective "there are others." Soon enough, a second body is found. What appears to be a murder-suicide becomes a journey into a madman's mind as more bodies appear.
For journalist Kate Page, the case becomes a priority. Two decades earlier, Kate's parents died. She and her sister were with foster parents when the car they were traveling in went off the road and into the river. Kate's sister was never found. Now, her sister's necklace has turned up at the first crime scene. Her gut instinct that her sister survived now seems to have validity. As police refuse to share more information, Kate decides to look into the murders, the disappearance of a girl who would have been around her sister's age, and see if she cannot unravel the truth.
From the moment I began Full Tilt, I was hooked. The story is mostly Kate's, but there are chapters were you get to see into the killer's mind and even some of the victims' insight from time to time. The suspense keeps you on your toes, and while it's apparent who the killer is, the fun in this story comes from the characters trying to outsmart him.
Along the way, there were a few decisions made that I didn't understand. I couldn't get how police or Kate were blinded to things that jumped right out at me. However, they were never enough for me to lose interest.