January 9, 2016

Book: Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , — krishnafromtoronto @ 9:44 pm

image“Angelmaker” is killing a girl and plotting the death of her brothet at the preface. Ties in later.


Justin, a man who deviated into bad ways,  is arrested for killing a teenage girl but his sister Erin is convinced that Justin is not a killer. When the lawyer himself who was hired to defend Justin bows out, she knows that she is in trouble.


What bad descriptions! The thoughts of the characters and indeed the entire story telling has a feel of a teenage story level. Initially.


The killer kidnaps the wrong woman and is livid with rage. The detective has a crusade against bad guys because. – wait for it –  his own wife was murdered by a lunatic.


The twist is weak. You can see who the Angermaker is from miles away. Nevertheless, this is a fairly interesting story, especially the back story of how Mann’s wife got killed due to his harassing the drug lords in LA prior to his move to the town and how his daughter got hurt.


When another girl goes missing in his new place and when he discovers that Laurence McAllister had terminated an unwanted pregnancy with John Huggins, Mann is certain that he knows who  the killer is but the Angelmaker has already trapped the suspect and is slowly killing him.  After trying to kill Erin and failing, the Angerlmaker again tries to kill Erin in Hopewell and again fails but both times arranges so that John Huggins is the suspect.


John Huggins himself is now suspected to be dead and Mann’s hobo brother comes to tell them why Erin is disbelieved. It is the work of a US Senator who wants Justin take the rap for a crime he did not commit.


The AngelMaker gets antsy about Mann looking too deeply into the murders and plans a fire at Mann’s house. In the meanwhile Mann gets an important clue: One of the missing girls, Shelly Quinn was a lesbian and so could not have had sex with Jack. By now, we already know that Jack himself has been murdered by the AngelMaker.


We get to know the identity of the AngelMaker and see the person kidnap Becca and prepare to kill her. The same modus operandi of having a mask made of the face. Nick Mann inches close and now focuses on Margaret when he realizes that she is a lesbian too.


When Calvin accidentally sees the AngelMaker in action with Becca and runs away, the AngelMaker only realizes that someone saw the whole thing and panics. The only solution is to bait Nick Mann with Erin and kill them both, as well as the other loose strings before starting a new life with a new identity. I do not want to give the suspense away even though I said it is weak and so my  descriptions here are deliberately vague.


The tension is there, the book is interesting, the descriptions are good. This is an entertaining book to hold in one’s hand, and you get the satisfaction of having read a good thriller.


The last hundred pages are tense and are on par with the best of thrillers. Kate can really ratchet up the tension and make you turn pages with no hopes of putting the book down. A nice thriller to read and it definitely does not disappoint.


The end where the Angelmaker traps Erin as a bait for Nick and takes him to Nick’s own cabin, the part where it slowly dawns on Nick about who the killer is what the motive is, the part Calvin plays in giving a vital information, the staged death of Maggie to make it look like she is the killer, are all done very well. Fun to read.


7/10. Could have been better if the dialog and descriptions were a bit deeper.

– – Krishna


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