It’s a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he’s got helpers.
As The Pretender’s disciples perpetrate their sick homages—stretching police and the FBI dangerously thin—Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is to be in mortal danger, and she won’t risk losing anyone she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the rising body count are taking their toll—she’s beside herself and ready to snap.
The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her is drawing close. Close enough to touch…
You may remember when I reviewed Ellison’s The Immortals back in October. Well, this is the next installment in the Taylor Jackson series and it’s just as spine tingling.
Taylor is still a target for The Pretender, a serial killer who’s obsessed with her. She’s still stressed out after having killed a teenage murderer and she knows she’s not as sharp and observant as she needs to be. But there’s just so much going on in her life that it’s hard to take it all in, much less make sense of it.
When mass murders take place across the U.S. – in trails leading straight to Nashville – Taylor learns they are somehow linked to The Pretender. She just doesn’t know how they relate to her, or when or how he will strike. What’s worse is discovering he’s been watching her closely for a long time and knows things about her personal life that endanger everyone she loves.
J.T Ellison has hit another homerun with So Close the Hand of Death. She’s taken the shocking subject of serial killers, put her own twisted angle on it, and given us a taut thriller with equally taut underlying personal currents.
If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, don’t worry, each book can stand on its own merits. But if you choose to go back and read from the beginning, it will certainly enrich the experience as well as provide hours of lovely, nail-biting tension. This is definitely a must read for all mystery/thriller aficionados.
All The Pretty Girls-2007
The Cold Room-March 1, 2010
The Immortals-October 1, 2010 (Review)
So Close the Hand of Death-Febuary 15, 2011