The Competition

In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.

A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don't add up. Could it be that the two "killers" were themselves victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose? When someone starts dropping clues that another horrific crime is in the works, Rachel and Bailey scramble desperately to profile their suspect and prevent another killing--before it's too late.

My Review

This book is my first introduction to Marcia Clark and Rachel Knight. Luckily this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I really liked this book. While the story line was a little hard to read as I can remember hearing about the Columbine shooting and than there was the Connecticut shooting. So any time that I read a story that is closely similar to read life it is hard. But only for a brief moment as I can detach myself and remind myself it is just a story. This is a good sign and testament to the author that the author can write and tell a good story.

The dynamics between Rachel and Bailey were great. They worked and moved well together as a pair. They feed off each other and made each of each other stronger. This book is a quick read. This was because the author wrote the characters so well and I felt like nothing was lacking in the story. In regards to the investigation. The ending was good as well. I will probably go back and check out the prior three novels.


Carol said…
I have this one, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to see it's good - and can be read as a stand-alone.

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