When Lily Dietz, an ambitious yet short-tempered Asian-American NYC homicide detective, and longtime partner John Fremont begin to work a unique but gruesome murder case, cryptic clues in the evidence start to link with Lily's dark and troubling past-one deeply imprinted with many psychological and emotional issues.
Borderline manic-depressive and a self-destructive alcoholic, Lily is strikingly beautiful and spoiled by her younger brother, CJ, a NBA All-Star basketball Knicks player, due to guilt uprooting from their own family history; separations of heart-wrenching losses and disappointments. The hunt for the killer escalates when the detectives discover more than one murder. Someone with cruel and twisted intentions motivated by a taste for sophistication yet also depravity is targeting and brutally mutilating Asian-American women. And somehow, the murderer knows Lily far too well.
Soon the game of cat-and-mouse becomes a thrilling chase from beginning to end, where Lily's reality and the people in it begin to doubt her, not only as a detective but as a person. Who will be able to save this damaged soul? Or who will be the one to destroy it?
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Lily Dietz is a homicide detective in NYC. Together with her partner John Fremont is she investigating the brutal murder of an Asian-American girl. When another body turns up it starts to make clear to Lily that the murders somehow are connected to her and something that happened to her in the past. It doesn't make it easier that she is working close together with her ex that is now married to her best friend Janelle. This a debut novel and I think that Suzanne Spiegoski has done a really job with the book. I had some problems getting into the story in the beginning, not that it was bad, just some words here and there felt a bit odd, but after a while the story took off and the writing felt much more evenly. For most of the book the story was OK. I wanted to know what the connection was between the murderer and Lily. Why was he obsessed with her? But I had some problems with her partner and ex boyfriend; John Fremont, he is a character that just is so unlikable that I can't understand why any women would want him, especially after I found out why he left Lily and then found out what was the reason for his married problems with Janelle, Lily's best friend whom he's been married for some years now. But I could live with that, Lily had her problems too. She's an alcoholic and have some mental problems not to mention family problems. She is a mess, and this serial killer problem isn't making her life any easier. But even though the story was mostly good I had some real problem with the ending. Beside the fact that it was predictable did Lily make some quite illogical decisions that were just so frustrating that I couldn't believe that she; as a cop didn't think about calling in for back up before she rushed in to save the day. Even though I enjoyed reading the book, the ending knocks of a half star. It was tragic yes, but I mostly felt that Lily should have handled everything a bit different. But that's just me, other may find the ending more to the likening than I did. In the end I want to say that Suzanne Spiegoski has done a good job, how I feel about the book is just my thoughts and even though I felt that there was things that just didn't work with me was it a good written book and I would very much read more from her in the future.
Wow! I should probably end my review right there. That seems to say it all. So many emotions reading this one. Mystery ... yes. The usual cast of characters ... yes and no. There were homicide detectives and a really bad guy .. but everyone in this book seemed to be ...more. Lily Dietz and John Frement are homicide detectives. They have been partners for a long time; at one time they were lovers, but John is now married to someone else. Lily is a network of unresolved issues ... a dysfunctional family, a father who she can barely tolerate, a brother and his family she loves, but it just doesn't seem enough. She has a hot temper and drinks to 'cool down'. She isn't into long relationships, preferring very short ones so that no one sees beyond the steel exterior she purposely shows to the world. Young Asian women are found dead ... tortured and murdered in gruesome ways. It is only after the second body is found with a note that Lily realizes her past has caught up with her and now her family and those close to her are threatened. This is more than 'just' a murder mystery. It tells the story of a woman, all the good and bad. As I began reading, it seemed a little slow to me ... it starts with a basketball game. But as I kept reading, the characters just popped out at me and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The ending just blew me away ... it was one I had not even considered. Suzanne Spiegoski is a new author to me. She graciously sent me a free digital copy in return for an honest opinion. I am so glad I did not pass up the opportunity. I do hope this author graces us with more stories to come.