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Review: The Christopher Killer (Alane Ferguson)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 2008)
ISBN: 9780670060085
Source: borrowed copy from a friend
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The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mystery, #1)Fascinated by forensics, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney persuades her father, the county coroner in sleepy Silverton, CO, to take her on as his assistant. But she never expects her first case to involve the death of a friend! Rachel Geller, a beautiful young waitress, is found strangled in a field with a Christopher medal around her neck—clearly marking her as the fourth victim of a serial killer. Cameryn is determined to help find Rachel’s killer, and attending the autopsy gives her the first clue. But as she follows her instincts and gets closer to the killer, Cameryn suddenly finds herself on the verge of becoming his fifth victim!


I am so proud of myself for reading outside of my normal genre. The Christopher Killer is a realistic forensic murder mystery… A far cry from my normal fantasy books. Even though this is not my usual type of read, I enjoyed it.

One of the things I noticed right away about this book was the level of detail that went into developing the plot. If I were writing a forensic mystery novel, I would base my entire content off of what I saw on CSI and Law and Order. Seriously. The author spent a lot of time doing her homework to make sure that her details and facts were accurate and believable. That really made the difference in this book.

The plot was well developed and had a nice twist at the end that I am anxious to see develop more in the remaining books. The characters complimented one another nicely and were believable. Cammie was not perfect, which made her perfect. I love reading about smart main characters, but it’s not believable when a seventeen year old knows everything about life. Those of us that are over the age of seventeen know how ridiculous that concept is. But Cammie wasn’t like that. She was super smart and crafty, but she also thought with her emotions. She was conflicted, which made her a great main character.

There really wasn’t much of a relationship aspect in this book between the characters (at least not romantic relationships). Cammie’s family dynamics were interesting. I’m sure that will continue to develop in the future books, adding to the complicated subplot in the book(s). I am also curious to see what happens between Cammie and Justin (if anything). There seem to be sparks, so I hope my gut is right!

If you are the type like always gravitates towards contemporary reads, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s not a mushy summer romance book, but it is 100% believable (and that’s scary). If you’re like me and tend to stick with one specific genre, it’s time to branch out and try something new. Live on the edge! You’ll enjoy The Christopher Killer.
 
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