Monday, May 09, 2016

Book Review: The Basement by Stephen Leather

Genre:Psychological Thriller
Published by:Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:11/29/2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Source:Kindle Unlimited


New York City. With a population of almost nineteen million people, it's easy to remain anonymous ? even if you're a serial killer, torturing and murdering beautiful young women. The killer has another victim right now, locked in a basement somewhere in the city. For NYPD detectives Turner and Marcinko, it's their job to sift through those nineteen million and narrow their list to the one before it's too late. And they?re sure they have the right man in their sights. Fusing alternating viewpoints with devastating precision, Leather's top-notch thriller dives deep into the mind of a demented killer as tension mounts immeasurably. Turner and Marcinko's prime suspect is screenwriter wannabe Marvin Waller. He is becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of success and the cops think he might be channeling his anger into murder ? yet he doesn?t seem to be at all concerned that they are hot on his trail. As Turner and Marcinko close in on Waller they have to wonder: is he the killer? And if he isn?t ? who is? Only time will tell ? and time is one thing they do not have. An unrelenting vice-grip of suspense and fear, The Basement is the ultimate shocker with a shattering climax that will leave you battered, bruised, and broken.

My Thoughts

I can totally see why author, Stephen Leather, is one of the most successful thriller writers in the U.K.; this book sunk it's hooks into me and I did not come up for air until I had finished the whole thing from start to finish.

Fast-paced, the plot is engaging and full of surprises. I was surprised at the depth of the characters since this is only a novella and 127 pages doesn't leave a lot of room for character development but Leather somehow had me looking at these people like they could be a person living down the street. How he did it with so little details about the characters I don't know? I think it must have come through the dialogue and that that is how you really get to know them. Sometimes no one is as they seem and this twisty, edge of your seat book proves that. I just loved it and will be adding more of Stephen Leather's work to my to be read lists.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller. If you loved Gone Girl then you will love this quick read! You can find it here on Amazon for purchase or if you are a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber you can read this book now for free.

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