The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
Date Read: May 2014
Genre: Forensic Thriller, Thriller
The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.
When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.
Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking - a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face - hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission?
As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable....
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Series: Lincoln Rhyme #11
Also by this author: The Bone Collector br> br>
Also in this series: The Bone Collector
Listened for Review (Hachette Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.25
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver was a good setup for the next book but this one fell a little flat!
Story Thoughts: I know just a few weeks ago I did a reread of The Bone Collector because a)it really is one of my all time favorite thrillers and b)I knew that it was mentioned in The Skin Collector. Oddly enough, other than me enjoying the reread it really wasn’t necessary. On the surface this has all the typical Lincoln/Amelia sleuthing involved. The story wasn’t bad but in some ways it was pretty predictable. Also Lincoln has gotten a little bit cocky in his “no evidence to back it up but I am sure this is going to happen” supposition (and he is always right which is possibly the most annoying because that just wouldn’t happen). It wasn’t until after the bad guy was caught that I was surprised. Which was a little unfortunate but now I can’t wait till the next book. The best sleuthing came right at the end! Also, I have to say that one thing I found distracting in this story is you could tell what Jeffery Deaver was mad at in the world (particularly in the world of publishing). That being said, it was still a pretty solid story.
Character Thoughts: I have said this before and will say it again: I don’t think you are supposed to like Lincoln (narcissist, stubborn, overbearing) or Amelia (offish, stubborn, stale in personality). They are a great forensic team though! I love how they get the job done (most of the time). I base my character ratings on the bad guy where this series is concerned and in this case The Skin Collector just didn’t “wow” me. Now at the end I found out something that made me go “Oh now this is good” but without giving anything away, I can’t explain why that still didn’t change my mind about Billy in particular. In fact, it made me think he was even more “lame” than I originally thought. That being said, there were still a few compelling twists (Deaver is excellent at them) and really in a long running series sometimes you are going to have an off character that just doesn’t resonate with a reader or two.
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini /Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
Edoardo does an excellent job with this series and he delivered this audio pretty darn good. My only complaint is with the character of Billy (The Skin Collector). I am not sure if it was how it was written or how it was chosen to be narrated but his parts were particularly drawn out. I think it threw off the pacing a bit. However, I will be getting the next one on audio because overall I love how Edoardo delivers this series!
Final Thoughts: Overall I love this series! This one bad guy didn’t work for me but I guarantee other people will find him compelling! Jeffrey is a great storyteller and you can’t go wrong by checking him out!