Review: The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver

Good Morning All,

Happy Thursday everyone. I’ve probably mentioned this before but Thursday is my favourite day. It’s when I feel like the weekend is within reach and everyone knows that Friday isn’t a real work day. I’m in a good mood today. Work is going well, I’m going to get out for a run at lunchtime and I generally feel well. Hope you guys are all sporting good moods today and if you’re not; it’s ok!

Book πŸ“–

My challenge for this year is to get through the Jeffery Deaver Lincoln Rhyme Series. In between ARCs I’m trying to get one of them in a month (the odd month I’ll have to double up). This month I read #2; The Coffin Dancer.

Description πŸ”–

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are back on another high stakes case. There is a contract killer running around eliminating victims and changing his appearance so often, the team cannot keep up. They only have one clue to work from; he has a tattoo of of the grim reaper dancing in front of a coffin. And so the killers is named The Coffin Dancer.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

Just like how the first book threw the reader straight into the action, there is no hanging around with this second instalment. I loved that the book picked up from the first one and jumped right into the next case. That said, I do think you could probably get away with reading this as a standalone book and not struggle too much.

I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath reading this book, it was so fast paced and packed with detail it required 100% attention. This was not at all difficult to achieve as I was glued to the book from start to finish and couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen next.

Characters πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬πŸ‘«

I loved the development of the relationship between Rhyme and Sachs. They had already established a successful working relationship in the first book and in this second book, the cracks start to show. There was a lot of tension between the two characters and there were plenty of moments that I thought this would hinder the investigation.

One of the victims in this case really interested me. Percy was a very strong minded character to the point where she knowingly put herself in danger and seemed like she wasn’t willing to cooperate with the investigation team. Her reaction to tragedy also really interested me. She seemed more distraught at the thought of losing her plane than losing her husband.

Writing Style ✍️

I was a bit more clued up about what to expect when going into this book so I was able to see past some of the technical detail without dwelling too much on not understanding it outside and out. Knowing what to expect however did not detract from how very tense Jeffery Deaver is able to make a story.

There was a point towards the end of the book when I had a “surely not?!” moment. So much so, I read the same page about three times to make sure I’d understood it properly. I loved that there was no apparent tee up for this and it was thrust upon me as a reader. I felt like it made me work for the answer rather than gently being eased into it.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸ…

So much tension, so many twists and all of the chills. I am loving this series and I cannot wait for the next case. 2 down and 12 to go. See you soon Lincoln!


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