Victim Six

Victim Six
Gregg Olsen
Reviewed by Keith B Walters
Thu, 03/11/2011

This is not just another serial killer book. With Victim Six, New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsen has created the script for what could be one of the best films on the subject ever made, or, with its superb episodic structure, a great television event – if in the right hands.
Its number may be Six but in many scenes this out-Se7ens Se7en, and if you thought a head in a box was as bad as things can get, take a breath and think again – this is not for the faint-hearted.

Set in the area of Kitsap, Washington, Detective Kendall Stark has her own share of life’s problems, including a special needs son, and now she has stumbled, along with her partner Josh Anderson, on a series of victims that appear to be linked.  The killer is savage and mocking, keeping local news reporter on The Lighthouse paper, Serenity Hutchins, up to speed with his evil acts.

This is not a comfortable read, but the structure of the book works so well, it reads like a case unfolding (no doubt a skill developed with Olsen’s true crime books), with the reader uncovering the details at more or less the same speed as the investigators. A taut, disturbing and, at times, very grisly read, but one that does its job and serves everyone well: its investigators, its victims and its readers.

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