Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: Hangman by Faye Kellerman

High school senior Chris Whitman confessed to murdering his girlfriend to spare beautiful, vulnerable Terry McLaughlin from having to testify at his trial. Years later, when the truth set Chris free, he married Terry, changed his name to Donatti . . . and became a professional killer. Now Terry's missing, Donatti's disappeared—and their teenage son, Gabe, has no one to turn to except his mother's friend, LAPD Detective Peter Decker, and Decker's wife, Rina Lazarus. The last thing Decker wants is Terry's sociopathic husband back in his world. And the hunt for Terry must share center stage with another case when a young nurse's body is found hanging from the rafters at a construction site. Caught between two troubling investigations and an increasingly precarious home life, Decker and Rina must make a difficult decision about sheltering Terry's son . . . even as the shadow of a serial killer falls across their own imperiled family.

The story has two main plots. Peter Decker again has a troubling new case that involves a body that had been found hanging from the rafters at a construction site. His trusted police officers Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver is once again called to investigate. The second plot deals with Gabe Whitman, an extremely talented teenage boy, his mother left him to the only person she knew that would take care of him, Peter Decker. Caught up with police work and baby sitting, Decker must find balance between these tasks presented to him. His hands are full...

How can I begin to review this book? I mean, Hangman was soooooo good! Faye Kellerman is in full force with this novel. From start to finish I can't read it fast enough. I especially like the storyline of Gabe/Chris/Terry. These three added spice to the entirety of this book. Of course, Rina and Peter can do without them but still, new characters is loads of fun. Faye gets better and better with every book she produces. The newest book is already out, Gun Games, and I can't wait to read it. It focuses on Gabe and a bunch of rich kids. I'm sure it's going to be a hit!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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