Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review: Think of a Number

In his debut novel, Think of a Number, John Verdon offers readers a thrilling intellectual mystery. The story intertwines demons of present and past into a novel that will keep you turning the page to find out what happens next.

Dave Gurney is a retired  celebrated NYPD homicide detective who, with his wife, has retired to the picturesque countryside in the Catskills. When Dave is approached by a former college friend, Mark Mellery, asking for help with some mysterious letters that have appeared, he finds himself embroiled in a case that sends him down the familiar path of catching killers. Unable to settle into a quiet country life, Dave throws himself into the case, pushing aside the regrets and choices of his earlier years.

After a series of murders, puzzling clues leading to literally no where, hidden messages and bizarre circumstances Dave becomes a consultant aiding the investigators in the search for the perpetrator who plays mind games with his victims (and those trying to catch him), frightening them immensely, before ending their lives and leaving more clues. 

The plot was full of baffling notions that left my mind wondering what could happen next. The ending was one that I really didn't see coming. Although there were some parts of the book I felt were a bit over the top, it did keep me reading late into the night.

To learn more about this book, check out the book trailer and the publisher's site

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review by TLC Tours and the publishing company but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.