AMERICAN WOMAN is the author's third novel. The story is full of violence with an ending that will definitely surprise you. I didn't care for all of the violence but the author is very talented keeping the reader's interest, while at the same time, making their hearts beat wildly from the sheer terror of what was taking place. Even after you finish reading you still feel that terror from the book.
The story begins with Alexandra Hemingway kayaking on the Hudson River. She had just found out she was going to have a baby. This woman is no ordinary woman. She is a NYPD detective, sharp mind, quick wit and has an interesting past. She is six foot tall and prevented a mugging by breaking a man's wrist, and shot his accomplice with her own gun.
The NYPD is faced with a serial killer. They try to solve the case but these murders are not random, they are planned with connections. Hemingway and her partner Phelps are in a race to find this murderer and put him away before he hits again.
While Hemingway is a woman driven, she is still a vulnerable woman. This book is not for the light of heart or with a weak stomach. The murders are of children and very horrific. The author doesn't stop, he goes the whole nine yards. The author keeps the reader guessing until the final end. Will the mystery be solved? Will the reader be wrong and again the murders take place? Will the murderer finally be put away for good or will he continue his hateful and terrible spree?
A little interesting note: The book was originally published in the U.K. under the title RIVER OF THE DEAD. That seemed to me to be an appropriate title instead of AMERICAN WOMAN. AMERICAN WOMAN reminds me of the Guess Who song.
This book will stick in your mind for days on end. I would only recommend this book to those who like the real nitty gritty murder mystery story.
A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity—the negative charge of bad things to come—but everyone hopes it’s just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra “Hemi” Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up.
Not for the faint of heart—American Woman is a relentless ride that takes you through the fractured world of a nascent killer. And you will never feel safe again.