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This book starts off with Detective Jessica Balzano getting a phone call saying "One God. Seven churches. You will find the first of the dead at Amber and Cumberland”. She thinks it's some kind of a hoax but has to investigate. When she arrives with Kevin Byrne they discover a man bound with barbed wire. Very shortly after, he dies.
Kevin is now a big brother to a preteen (Gabriel) boy with no family. In an attempt to keep him free from the gangs responsible for his brother's death Byrne is recorded holding a gun to the forehead of the gang leader.
The antagonist's identity is pretty clear from the beginning. Her abusive upbringing and eventual escape with a traveling evangelical ministry and her rape and pregnancy by the minister leave her with warped religious beliefs. The murders are all being committed in abandoned churches, again with very distorted reasoning.
The story is not to figure out who it is but how it's solved. It's the workings of the Philadelphia PD and the machinations of a disturbed mind fitting together like puzzle pieces.
I really enjoy Montanari's writing style. His books move along at a fast pace, his characters are very believable and fleshed out. You get a total picture of them both working and not and their inner thoughts and fears.
Scott Brick does an outstanding job narrating (as always).i HIGHLY RECOMMENDED this book.
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The Killing Room is Book 6 in the 9 novel police procedural Detectives Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne series by Richard Montanori. The novels are set in Philadelphia. The release in audio this week of The Killing Room means the entire series is now available in audio format. The only other novel in the Balzano and Byrne series I have listened to is Book 8 titled The Doll Maker which I rated 5 stars.
I have no issue with dark, psychological thrillers; indeed, I listen to many. However, I did not especially like The Killing Room even though the story is compelling at times. The mysticism, which is central to the story, in overbearing. Outstanding narration by Scott Brick is much better than the story deserves.
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