Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Death Angel by Linda Fairstein

I have finished reading the fast-paced Death Angel by Linda Fairstein. This is the first novel I have read by her but this isn't the first novel she's written. Death Angel is 15th in the Alexandra Cooper series. Alexandra is an Assistant DA for the Manhattan Special Victims Unit (yes like Alex Cabot on Law and Order). The latest case she's been called in on involves a girl found dead in Central Park in one of their ponds/lakes under the watchful eye of the Bethesda Angel.

Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace help to investigate the murder along with Alexandra. Before long, a second attack makes the trio think that they may have a serial killer on their hands similar to a past offender that Alexandra helped to put away. Then Fairstein introduces a few other red herrings to keep the reader guessing. I had no clue who was the killer. I appreciate that deeply. There's also a simmering scandal in the background that seemed like it could be more interesting than the actual initial murder... but maybe there will be more there in future Cooper novels.

What I loved most about this novel is the plethora of information that Fairstein gives in reference to one of the most famous parks in the world. I had no idea that Central Park had such a jaded history and I can't thank Fairstein enough for bringing that information to me in the form of educational entertainment. What's also great about Death Angel is that it feels like she gave a lot of information about the characters. Usually by a series 3rd installment, let alone a 15th, authors get a little lazy with the character development or providing background info.

My one gripe about this novel is that Alexandra's voice was very bland and absent of emotion. I didn't find her to be that interesting. Although I wasn't too impressed with Alexandra Cooper, I will read more by this author. Once I have the chance I will definitely go to book one and catch up on anything I missed, and didn't catch up on in Death Angel. 

 In conclusion, my first experience reading Death Angel by Linda Fairstein has me interested in reading more in this series. Existing fans of this series will be happy with this addition. I recommend this novel to fans of suspense mystery lovers.

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