Corktown by Ty Hutchinson (Book Review)
Plot: In the quiet Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, a mutilated body has the residents nervous and for good reason. Detroit Metro Police recognize the handiwork of the serial killer known as the Doctor. But there’s a problem with that. They locked him up seven years ago.
Because of her expertise with serial killers, FBI agent, Abby Kane, is tasked with figuring out how this madman is able to kill again. When she visits The Doctor behind bars, he swears he’s innocent and not the psychopath everyone thinks he is. Oddly enough, Abby believes him.
My Review: I got this one to review for free from NetGalley awhile back and just finally finished reading it. I’m not 100% sure how I felt about it either.
The main character is a young Asian woman from Hong Kong who’s husband had been murdered before the book started. She was a detective there and failed to find her husbands killer. She is now an FBI agent. Raising two children with the help of her husbands mother. The author tried to make her this complete badass, but for some reason she just didn’t seem right to me. Some authors can capture that “badass” feeling well, and I personally felt it failed with Abby Kane. I wanted to like her, and I wanted to think of her as this hot shot kick ass chick, but it just wasn’t working for me.
So Abby is called in to catch a killer in Detroit. A killer who is using an MO from a case years before, a case in which the killer was supposedly caught and jailed. From the beginning the old case and the new case are entwined because of the killers MO, but things aren’t adding up. The more Abby and her partner dig, the more things don’t add up. And all the higher ups are telling Abby to stop investigating the old case files as the killer has already been caught. But Abby believes the wrong man was arrested in the first place and she believes there is a giant cover-up going on that reaches high into government officials.
I like serial killer books, cat and mouse chases, police novels, and things like that. But I’m not really into books dealing with conspiracy theories and cover-ups and stuff like that. In fact, that’s why I stopped reading Patricia Cornwall’s Kay Scarpetta novels. After reading 8 or 9 of them I just got frustrated with it always being some sort of conspiracy. With Corktown, I guess I just didn’t really care too much for the reasoning behind the killings, and the cover-up angle. It deals with a company and a select few people trying to cover something up and overall to me I just didn’t care for it.
Overall: Some of the murder scenes were quite gruesome and sexually descriptive. That sort of thing doesn’t bother me too much, I guess I’m a little desensitized to it. But if that type of thing bothers you then you could want to skip the book. There are a few more books to the series of Abby Kane’s but I wasn’t all that impressed with her character, so I think I’ll skip them.