Sunday, August 18, 2013

Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

Alex Prevost is beautiful. The type of beauty that all the guys notice. Thus at first Alex showed no concern when she noticed a man following her. That is until it was too late. Alex was walking home when she is suddenly grabbed from behind and thrown into the back of a van.

She awakes to find herself in an abandoned warehouse. Her captor orders Alex to strip and puts her in a cage. He leaves Alex suspended six feet in the air. He tells Alex that he wants to watch her die. She will die a slow death. That is unless the rats get her first.

Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has been sent by his boss to help out with the kidnapping of Alex. Camille is good at his job. It is just that after the kidnapping of his wife who was eight months pregnant, Camille has no interest in dealing with cases unless the death is final for the victim. However Camille will do everything in his power to try and find Alex alive.

This book is the second one in the Verhoeven trilogy. I have not read the first book but this one can be read as a stand alone novel. I give it up to the author for writing a really, good story. Two for the translator for translating the story well. It did not read choppy or that it was written in another language.

Also, I like that time was spent equally on the investigation and the kidnapping. With alternating chapters for Camille and Alex. Sometimes I read a murder or suspense mystery and you will not believe how many times the focus is spent on the investigation and not the crime. It is like the author does not want to spend too much time on the crime for fear of giving away too many details about the suspect and the reader figuring it out too early in the story. To tell you the true, most readers who are a fan of this genre will have figured it out anyways or occasionally will have not figured it out but will keep reading until the end if the story is good. This book had great characters and a nice storyline.

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