Thursday, 18 June 2015

Crossing Lines by Keith Houghton

Sometimes standing still is all that stops us from falling down

I absolutely loved the first book in this series Killing Hope and therefore went into this one with high expectations. Crossing Lines follows recently retired celebrity cop Gabe Quinn who is still reeling from discovering who The Undertaker was and the fact that The Undertaker is still out on the loose. He is also still trying to find a previous serial killer who has haunted him known as The Maestro. The Maestro killed Gabe's wife and remains at large. Add to that another person who is hell bent on getting even with Gabe and Gabe certainly has his hands full. After surviving an attempt on his life from a new enemy Snakeskin, Gabe is called in by the FBI as The Maestro has struck again.

If there is one thing that Keith Houghton does really well it is surprising the crap out of you over and over again. As soon as you think you have something figured out something else happens which just spins you out. I admit Gabe frustrated me in this one and that is where the half star deduction between books has come from. It was unbelievable how much he was able to get away with. In this book and the previous book if Gabe hadn't been lying so much and withholding so much information then maybe they would've made more progress and less people would've been killed.

I like that we got the victims chapters thrown in throughout the book as well. It offered a different perspective to the story and I spent most of this book trying to figure out who the victim was. I was wrong twice and only just figured it out as Gabe was finding her. I would've liked some chapters from the killer and would've liked to have seen an appearance from The Undertaker but otherwise this book was fantastic. I loved the surprises and can't wait to see how it all ends in Taking Liberty which i'm hoping to pick up soon.

3.5 out of 5 Stars!

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