Lincoln Rhyme #1
SYNOPSIS: Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics — until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City’s past — and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone. – via Goodreads
I have wanted to read this book since I watched the movie way back in the day. I loved that movie, it was something I watched over and over. Recently I stumbled across this and decided it was finally time to take the plunge and look into the book once and for all. Plus I figured if it was worth a read, I would have a new series to pursue, which I always enjoy.
Right out the gate, I really enjoyed Deaver’s writing style. It flows, doesn’t beat around the bush, and it is fast paced. The Bone Collector grabs you early and draws you in and keeps you hooked. Deaver also introduces a fantastic character with Rhyme, one who is surly and grumpy and angry with the world, and you can totally understand why. He is ridiculously smart, too, and I think that is great. Amelia Sachs is also a character you cannot help but like, and the interactions between her and Rhyme are fantastic. The slew of side characters are also solid, definitely contributing to the book.
I particularly appreciated the humour in this book – it is witty, sharp and very sarcastic, which definitely appeals to me. There were a few times where I felt the smile taking over my face. The Hardy Boys, especially, brought in quite a bit of comedy, as well as the interactions between Thom and Rhyme. The novel barrels along and drags you, the reader, along for the ride, missing no beats and entertaining throughout. Amelia and Rhyme have a complex relationship, too, which I respected throughout. The dynamics were not simple ones, and they clicked really well. It did not come across as forced.
The Bone Collector is a suspenseful read that is well worth your time. Deaver creates an remarkable character with Lincoln Rhyme and presents a gruesome, yet intriguing unsub, and the back and forth between Rhyme and his investigation and the killer’s point of view work for this. I truly look forward to seeing where these adventures will lead.