Belfry Press (Sept. 24 2010)
394 pages - 3.99 $
I have to say that once again, the cover attracted me, because it is quite disturbing. Then this book is the new edition of a book that has already been successful in the past. So I thought that I did not risk much by reading Hush!
What's your greatest fear?
It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.
What's good about it?
I liked the combination of cop and criminal psychologist whose true identity is hidden (even if the identity is mostly hidden from the cops, since we understand very quickly who she is). The characters are well written and complement each other well. The writing is fluid, it's an easy and quick reading. There's nothing complicated, we are dealing with a psychopath that we discover very early in the book. Yet Hush has a few surprises here and there. The possibility that Max's son is Ivy's is very well done, the mystery lingers (well, I won't give you the answer, you need to read the book!)
Hush follows the traditional structure of the thriller, all the ingredients are there and well used. It's a race against time against the madness of a killer with a lousy and weird sense of empathy. Hush, it's also the traditional story of a love/hate relationship between mother and son, repeatedly used in thrillers, but still effective. So nothing very surprising, but still a good book because of Anne Frasier's quality of writing.
In a nutshell
A good novel, a race against time and well-written characters. It is a 3.5 / 5 for me.
Disclaimer: An e-galley of this title was provided to me by the publisher. No review was promised and the above is an unbiased review of the novel.