Author: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Genre: Mystery Thriller
About the book: It’s the twentieth book in the Pendergast series that follows FBI Agent Pendergast and Coldmoon as they investigate a case in Savannah. Fifty years earlier, D.B. Cooper hijacked a flight with a fake bomb and collected a ransom before parachuting from the plane and disappearing into history. The agents try to determine whether the recent murders with the bodies drained of blood are somehow connected to the unsolved skyjacking mystery.
I received a reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: The premise caught my attention because I was curious to see how the two different cases were related. I haven’t read any of the other books, so I didn’t realize this was a series.
Characters: I didn’t fall in love with the characters right away, but both Pendergast and Coldmoon grew on me over time. I thought the authors would tell the story from Pendergast’s perspective, but I like that more chapters are from Coldmoon’s point of view in third person. In my opinion, this choice made Pendergast a more interesting and mysterious character. There are a lot of people and moving parts.
“And so I will return to my past—the destiny I was meant to have…”
Writing: It’s 400 pages, and most of the chapters aren’t too long. The writing is descriptive, but the pacing picks up at the end. There are some graphic and violent scenes, especially as the story progresses.
Final thoughts: I enjoyed the ending the most as it answers many questions. This horror mystery blends historical and fantastical elements together. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out Bloodless.