About the Book:
Homicide Detective Sami Rizzo is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a grisly crucifixion. Driven by warped religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious, Simon abducts “chosen ones” and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await their crucifixion.
Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues. But her obsession to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. Ego trumps reason. In the end, Simon outsmarts Detective Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim. To save herself, she must employ all her resources—both physical and intellectual—to outwit the villain at his own game.
This was a bit of a gut twisting thriller for me. It seriously had me queasy at moments and rushing through the end to see what would happen.
Annechino twists a gory tale about a man who believes he is working for God's purpose. The author has the talent to make you cringe, yet want to keep reading. His research of serial killers worked to his favor as this was a frighteningly real look into the mind of a twisted man. This book touches on the strength of mothers and what they would do to save their children. At times it was hard to read just because of the emotional factor. Scary!
Overall, a good thriller...Annechino is a talented writer who can pull emotion out of this reader.