Monday, February 21, 2011
The Sacred Cut by David Hewson
Book: The Sacred Cut
Author: David Hewson
Recommended To: Dan Brown Fans, Serial Fiction Fans
I was given this book by a friend who recommended it as a thriller/mystery. That is exactly what this book is. Evidently David Hewson has several books that follow one character: Nic Costa, who is a police detective in Rome.
In this book, a body is found during a crazy snow storm with an ancient symbol carved into its back. You soon find out that this is the most recent in a string of similar murders and it is up to Costa, his partner Peroni, and a female FBI agent to figure out "who dun it."
This book started off pretty slowly, but it had some good action that kept the reader guessing. I like that the Costa and Peroni characters are serial. I love reading books where the characters repeat themselves - see Daniel Silva's Gabrial Allon series - because then I don't have to get to know the characters again and again every time I pick up a book by that author. I'm looking forward to reading more of David Hewson.
I gave this book a B- because although some of the plot was different, the book was really predictable. I found myself guessing, correctly, what was going to happen before it did. I also thought that Hewson's writing style was a little hard to get used to. Maybe this guy had a word limit in a past life because some of his sentences were so choppy that it was hard to pay attention to what was going on in the story.
I think this book is a good read for someone interested in a quick thriller/murder mystery.