Disclosure: I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Two years ago, Detective Sami Rizzo narrowly escaped a brush with death at the hands of a serial killer. After apprehending the killer and bringing him to justice, this life-changing event compels her to resign from the police force. In her heart of hearts, however, she struggles with the decision. But a second serial killer—a well- respected doctor gone astray—uses his charm to seduce his victims and then performs horrific surgical experiments on them. In a final act of depravity, he scatters their mutilated bodies throughout San Diego County. Feeling a sense of duty and obligation, Sami Rizzo appeals to the police chief and mayor, and they reinstate her as a homicide investigator. As the body count grows and the killer’s experiments become more and more brutal, Sami follows one dead-end lead after another, while trying to deal with a sickly mother and a turbulent relationship with her lover. But then the killer makes a crucial mistake: one of his victims survives. Sami does everything to protect the barely alive victim, but the killer has a different plan.
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Resuscitation is an addition following They Never Die Quietly; however, I do not feel you have to have read the first book to follow this one.
Resuscitation starts approximately two years after the end of They Never Die Quietly so the reader can really start fresh if they wanted. I, however, hate nothing more than not reading a series in order (which is why regardless of my long list of books to review, I started the third book last night!)
The one thing that turned me off about They Never Die Quietly was the sexual violence. I don’t want to say it was graphic, because I didn’t feel it was descriptive. It was just… wrong. Mentally twisted. However, the author commented that he toned it down for the following books.
I agree, the sexual violence wasn’t as bad, but it was still present. Again, not graphic or descriptive per se, but not ‘normal’. While I found it troubling, I did not find it as much of a turn off this time.
Both books were thrillers more so than mystery. For the most part, we knew who the ‘bad’ guy(s) was/were in the books although I will say – Resuscitation threw me a HUGE curve that left me in awe for quite some time.
Overall, I enjoyed Resuscitation and cannot wait to finish the third book!
About the Author
Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.
His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.