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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Source: Library
Publication Date: 04 May 2006
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN:   0670060089
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
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Place(s) Traveled to: Silverton, Colorado // Durango, Colorado
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Forensics Mystery Series Order
Book 1: The Christopher Killer
Book 2: The Angel of Death
Book 3:  The Circle of Blood
Book 4: The Dying Breath

First Line: “Yes, I can be there in half an hour. Any idea of when he died?” Cameryn’s father murmured into the telephone.

If you spend any amount of time with me then you soon learn that I love a good mystery. If its in a book, movie or the latest crime drama on tv then you can be sure that I’ll be interested in it. So when looking through my libraries online catalog, The Christopher Killer‘s description really caught my eye.

The story started out good enough but then somewhere around the middle it sort of fizzled out. There were spelling errors in the text that just kept distracting me from the story. If this was an ARC I could overlook them, but this was a finished book so they are harder to ignore. The language of the story was also very old fashioned and came across as much older than a teen voice. It was also very repetitive sometimes saying the same thing in two consecutive sentences. Take this sentence as an example “Yes. I work with my father as his assistant. I’m assistant to the coroner.” This was at the end of the book and it seemed that every time the main character met anyone she mentioned that she was the assistant to the coroner. 

The phrasings throughout the novel were just always so stiff and awkward and often characters would know things that weren’t disclosed to them. Which also distracted from the story. I also found it hard to believe that a seventeen year old seemed to be the only one who was able to make the necessary connections that broke the case. I also didn’t like that often once a character was introduced they were rarely seen again in the book. This was most notably seen with Cammie’s dad and her best friend Lyric. The only character that was consistently seen throughout the book was Cammie’s love interest, Dectective Justin Crowley. 

I initially really liked the tension between Cammie and Justin but as with the rest of the story things just sort of fizzled out in the middle and his whole purpose in the book changed. It became this left filed sort of plot point that often lead to me rolling my eyes. There big mystery reveal as well as the family mystery also had me rolling my eyes as well. 

The Christopher Killer started out with such promise and then it turned mediocre. I really wished that the build up in the beginning was able to last throughout the novel. That Cammie and Justin could have had the chemistry similar to Meg and John After in Jennifer Echol’s Going Too Far. But maybe that chemistry will build over the course of this series. I was disappointed in this book and I am not entirely sure that I will continue on with this series. I think it will all depend on whether or not my library has them available or not.

2 Responses to “The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson”

  1. BookChic

    Oh no! I keep seeing this book whenever I go into my local indie and have been wanting it for a while. But I’m a bit more hesitant about it now.

    • Megan

      My forensics teacher actually had us read this book in class as an assignment, because it is so forensically accurate. I’ve since read all 4 of the books in the series and really enjoyed them.Yea, there are some spelling errors. I’m in AP Lit. and I just corrected it in my head as I read it. Any spelling errors that were in the book are in part the fault of the publishing company too because part of their job is to read the book and fix any spellings before it prints. Regardless of the few personal annoyances pointed out by this blog, if you think the plot line of the story sounds interesting then I think you should at least give the book a chance. If you’re worried about spending money on a book your unsure of check it out from the Library and give it a try, then if you don’t like it you can return it. I personally read regardless of online blog reviews. But maybe that’s just me.