Wounds was a fun book to read, but one easily forgotten. In the week since I finished the book and the writing of this review, I have had to spend too much time reminding myself of the plot and characters in the story. For the person looking for nice weekend read, Wounds may fill the need. However, it will never be a classic revered for generations.
A dead Protestant seminary student, a dead Jewish cantor, and a seminary professor all stand at the center of this mystery. But at the same time, the secret to finding the murderer goes back years - to the night of a high school prom. A night that many would soon forget because of the pain it caused. It soon becomes obvious that decisions made a lifetime ago still hurt and would have repercussions in the present for the seminary professor and a police detective assigned to the case.
As the book ends, this reader still wonders whether either could find forgiveness for the decisions made.
But there might not be more to the story. Might the seminary professor and the detective find themselves thrust together to solve a future murder that could haunt the environs of San Diego. If so, I will look forward to reading the continuation of their story.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Alton Gansky in his new book, "Wounds" published by B&H Publishing Group brings us into the life of Dr. Ellis Poe.
From the back cover: A crime of passion
A man's lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego's botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim's skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures.
A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death.
Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man's corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels.
The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don't want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes.
But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own.
Get ready for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller. There is a serial killer on the loose in San Diego and the police are hard pressed to discover the killers identity. The bodies are piling up, the M.O.s are different and there, seemingly, is no pattern unless you count the multiple puncture wounds. And what connection does Dr. Ellis Poe have with all of this? Alton Gansky knows how to craft suspense. So much is going on within the pages of "Wounds" and the characters are so real that you care for all of them, well at least the good guys. There is more to the story that I didn't mention but you didn't really expect me to tell you everything did you? Otherwise you might not want to read the book and I wouldn't want you to pass up an opportunity for a terrific read. "Wounds" is a book that you will want to start early otherwise you will be up very late as you will want to finish it. I highly recommend it.
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It's the week before Easter, and a student from San Diego Theological Seminary has just been found murdered in a manner that is both brutal and unique. Carmen Rainmondi is the police detective assigned to the case, along with partner Bob Tock. And one murder with no leads soon turns into two, then _
Ellis Poe is a professor at the Seminary, and is both surprised and worried when Carmen Rainmondi turns up to interview him about the victim. Because he recognises her. She's the image of her sister, who he saw murdered years ago. Ellis sees that Carmen is still tormented because the murderer was never foundÃ¢â¬âperhaps because he never reported what he saw. Yet it seems that Ellis might hold the key to this case.
This was one of those books that:
a) You shouldn't read alone in the house;
b) You shouldn't start just before bedtime.
I didn't make either of these mistakes, thankfully, because once I started, I just couldn't put down. Not only is there the mystery over finding the murderer before he strikes again, but there is the elephant in the room of what Ellis hasn't told Carmen about her sister. Ellis was the archetype of the college professorÃ¢â¬âintelligent, highly-principled, but a total wimp. He knows what he should do, but he's afraid to do it.
One thing that was slightly weird was the last line. While it fit the storyline, I don't think it was a good last line (but it would have made a great last line in a prologue leading into a sequel). That's another annoying thingÃ¢â¬âWounds is published by B&H, who have just cancelled their fiction line, which almost certainly cuts out the possibility of a sequel. A shame.
All in all, Wounds is an exciting thriller, albeit a bit gory in places. It's not preachy-Christian (although there is a bit of preaching in the funeral service), and of the main characters, only Ellis is a Christian. There is an underlying theme of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. It's so subtle that a non-Christian probably wouldn't even notice, but it's there. Recommended for thriller fans who don't mind a few dead bodies.
Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I love a good police detective novel and this is a good one.
Carmen is a homicide detective with the San Diego Police Department. Twenty eight years ago she was planning on med school and becoming a doctor. But then her sister was murdered. That changed Carmen's life. She went into law enforcement and everyday she thought about getting the person who killed her sister.
It appears that a serial murder is plaguing the city. Horribly tortured men are left in unusual locations. One of the men was a student at a seminary. When Carmen interviews one of the professors, Dr. Poe, she has no idea the two of them are linked by the tragic death of her sister. Dr. Poe sees a possible connection between the gruesome murders and Carmen elicits his help. The suspense builds as the murderer sets his sights on Carmen.
This is a unique Christian murder mystery. At first I had a bit of trouble with the gruesomeness of the murders. Reading this book is not for the weak stomached. However, I was amazed when Poe made the spiritual connection as to why the victims were tortured as they were and why their bodies were placed in precise locations in the city. Then it all made sense. And I was amazed that there was a spiritual lesson about the gospel in a murder mystery.
So, the novel is a bit gruesome. But when you finish the book, you'll understand exactly why it had to be that way. Gansky has woven a unique and spiritually enlightening murder mystery. He's on my reading list for future novels for sure.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.