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“Paul Cleave writes the kind of dark, intense thrillers that I never want to end. Do yourself a favor and check him out.” —Simon Kernick, internationally bestselling author of Payback
“Collecting Cooper roars on at breakneck speed, pitting not two, but three deadly adversaries against an inexorably ticking clock.” —Bookpage
“Horrormeister Cleave… will scare you to death, or at least to the point of keeping a night light on.” —Kirkus Reviews
Serial killers collide in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Adrian, a former mental patient at Grover Hills who was left to fend for himself when the institution closed three years ago, needs one more thing to make his collection of serial killer memorabilia complete: an actual serial killer. He targets Canterbury University professor Cooper Riley, who has placed the winning bid online for a severed thumb, waylays him and cages him up in his basement, where he plans on bringing him a wonderful gift: a victim. Cooper naturally denies that he's a serial killer, but that's not quite the truth, since he's spent years avenging the mauling of his testicles after a rape went wrong. The victim Adrian picks and abducts is Cooper's student Emma Green, who the year before was nearly killed in a DUI accident. Desperate to find her, Emma's father calls on Tate, the man responsible for her accident, an ex-cop just released after four months' incarceration. Tate's search uncovers the truth about the Scream Room at Grover Hills and leads him closer to Adrian, who can hardly wait to watch his confined serial killer doing what he does best as Cooper contemplates whose freedom means more to him, his own or Emma's. The gory finale features an eyeball skewered by a safety pin, many bodies buried on farmland and several serial killers dispatched, with one still on the loose.
Horrormeister Cleave (Blood Men,2010, etc.), who is surely indebted to John Fowles'The Collectorfor aspects of his plot, will scare you to death, or at least to the point of keeping a night light on.
Posted July 27, 2012
Posted July 24, 2011
Collecting Cooper is the first book by Paul Cleave that I have read. A little research tells me that all of his books are set in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cleave portrays Christchurch as the worst place on earth to live, a city full of serial killers and people down on their luck. It made me wonder if Christchurch is as desolate a place as portrayed. Apparently, Cleave is asked this question often. It is the first question in the Q&A on his website. The answer is that he thinks Christchurch is a fantastic city. Cleave has written a page turner full of disturbing violence and mentally unstable characters. The story is told from alternating character perspectives, including Emma Green, Theodore Tate, Cooper Riley and Adrian Loaner - the former mental patient. As a reader, I felt for Tate despite his questionable past. What I did not realize is that Tate is featured in Cleave's other books. The books are not portrayed as a series but apparently some characters overlap. I would like to read Cleave's other books to learn more about Tate's history before he went to jail. Collecting Cooper is out on July 26th, and I definitely recommend this read to anyone who enjoys reading about crime/serial killers and can stomach reading about violent crime. The one aspect that got to me is that animals are killed in the story. I can read about violence towards people, but I am sensitive to violence towards animals. Go figure. Many thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for providing me with a free e-Galley for review, via Galley Grab.
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Posted June 25, 2011
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