Monday, 11 November 2013

Rapture: Sins of the Sinners by AC Henley and Fran Heckrotte

Detective Agnes Kelly-Elliot is an excellent and methodical cop. She works in Ft Worth Police Department. She knows her job inside and out. Agnes is also a closeted lesbian and unfortunately for her, her desires could become her downfall, losing her her family and the career she’s worked so hard to build.

There is a serial killer on the loose killing young lesbians in Texas. He or she has been dubbed the Rapture Killer by the press, due to seemingly religious and maybe ritual sacrifices. The Rapture signaled Christ’s second coming.

Ranger Cochetta Lovejoy is arrogant, headstrong and egotistical. She has been assigned the Rapture Killer case. Cochetta thinks she knows who the killer is. In fact, she’s quite sure of it. She’ll do whatever it takes to see the killer incarcerated. Even if this means cutting corners and manipulating judges, police chiefs and other detectives.

When Cochetta arrives at the scene of another of the Rapture Killer’s victims, she comes face to face with the person she is sure committed the murders. The person who had once scared her badly.

Agnes is at the scene of the Rapture Killer’s latest victim and comes face to face with a woman she thought she’d never see again. What Agnes didn’t know was, her life was about to be turned upside down and inside out due to the one encounter she’d had with Ranger Lovejoy in Houston.

Cochetta launches a vendetta to secure the arrest of Agnes. Is Agnes the serial killer? Will she confess? Or is she innocent? There’s only one way to find out, wait and see if the murders continue or cease with Agnes out of the way.

This is without a doubt one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read in it’s category. The plot is intricately and seamlessly woven together and well thought out. The storyline is well written. It’s a fast paced, edge of the seat, nail biting, page turner, from the first page right through to the last page. It’s intense, it’s full of suspense, it’s grisly, it’s gruesome, it’s a very real, true to life, gory read. I loved it.

The late AC Henley and Fran Heckrotte between them have created a masterpiece. I’m still reeling from the story several days after I finished it. 

Agnes, Cochetta and all the rest of the characters are well formed, multidimensional and interact really well together. So well in fact, that it’s like being amongst the characters. From the colorful descriptive dialogue, I found myself transported along watching as the story progressed, rather than simply reading it.

I particularly enjoyed the build up and suspense throughout the book. The author’s have ensured that the reader could feel the range of emotions experienced by all the characters. The utter despair felt by Agnes, the dislike and self righteousness felt by Cochetta, when she was on her ego trip of being the big shot ranger who knows best. The one thing that struck me the most, was how we get to see inside the mind of a serial killer. It was deep, dark and quite simply horrifying. Which of course, made the book all the more enjoyable for me.

I wish I could say I could look forward to more from these two author’s, but I can’t, which makes me very sad. So, suffice it to say, that this is in my re-read folder, to be read again to savor without the pressures of knowing the ending.


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