Wednesday, January 17

Find Me By Carol O’Connell

Review by Theodore Feit

 

As this novel opens, a body is discovered in Mallory's apartment.  Is it murder or suicide?  Mallory has disappeared, and her detective partner, Riker, has fears that Mallory has or is beginning to crack up.   Meanwhile, she is traveling to Chicago in a souped up 'Bug" to begin retracing her father's travels along the mother road, Route 66.

 

When she arrives at the beginning of the famed Route she immediately becomes embroiled in a murder and begins assisting a Chicago detective, delaying her trip.  It seems wherever she goes, friends and admirers of her foster father abound.  This is the beginning of a plot that intertwines her travels in quest of her father and a serial killer.

Riker and a psychologist begin trailing Mallory in hope of "saving" her if, indeed, she is in trouble.

 

The story progresses along the Route as Mallory traces landmarks listed in letters from her father and graves of more than 100 six- or seven-year-old girls, victims of the serial killer whose bodies are being dug up by an FBI task force.  Along the route are a gathering of parents led by a defrocked priest-psychologist seeking their lost children.  While the caravan progresses, the killer takes to murdering adults as well.

 

The duality of the plot—Mallory seeking her own self as well as the serial killer—makes for an interesting interplay.  It is a haunting combination.  The complexity of the tale is overwhelming, and the revelations—one by one—are mesmerizing.  And it doesn't end until Route 66 does.

 

Recommended.

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