Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book Review: 'Vile' by Debra Webb


Vile picks up immediately where Vicious left off. A blonde haired little girl is left on the sidewalk of Birmingham, AL with a note attached to her dress given instructions to be taken to Deputy Chief Jess Harris.
What parent would leave their child unattended on the city street? Does the abandoned child have something to do with Eric Spears?
Jess has her plate full with issues – someone is trying to frame Dan, Dan’s mother is against their relationship, her pregnancy and of course Eric Spears. Eric Spears’ location is unknown but the evil around Jess continues. Along with the body count on the rise, keeping Jess and the Birmingham Police Department very busy.
This is a bittersweet series for me. I enjoy the suspense, the build up to the next level of Eric’s twisted mind, but on the flip side the stop and go is like rush hour traffic…tiring and frustrating. Can I just go ahead and get to where I am going? Eric seems to be unstoppable and always ahead of the police detectives. He had little to no actual appearance in the novel but is a strong presence. I have to admit that maybe there is a sick side to me. The author has Eric as a strong, dominant male that has followers willing to do his vile deeds and I am in awe of him.
A detective’s job is never done, and when you are dealing with the twisted mind of Eric Spears anything is bound to happen. Every person is set in place and has a purpose. Bits and pieces mentioned in earlier novels come together in Vile. Amanda Brownfield was chosen by Eric Spears because of the connection she has with Jess. While reading I had to stop a few times and credit the author on doing such a good job on tying in pieces from previous novels; A sign of being very organized in this well thought out work.
I am a fan of the Faces of Evil series. The author does a great job in keeping the readers attention, and the suspense of not knowing what will happen next is a great ingredient for a novel. The book displays believable characters living and working. The work relationships, and the personal relationships among the characters have the book playing out as a television series. The novel not only focuses on the police investigation, it also shows the characters in a real light, with real people issues; which is another good ingredient for a novel.
Vile is a balance of Jess and her personal life as well as her work life. The author has Jess as a believable character. A woman in a male dominant line of work, dealing with work issues and other life factors that women face. Now that Jess is starting a family I look forward to seeing how the author will consolidate that into the life of Jess.
As with all the prior books in the series, Vile is a suspenseful thrill ride for any mystery fan.

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