Claude Bouchard – Vigilante

Vigilante - Claude BouchardI really didn’t have high hopes for this book, for two reasons. Firstly, it was a part of the ‘9 books for 74p’ bundle that I bought on my kindle. Secondly, the latest reviews on Goodreads seemed to suggest that I should run for the hills and avoid this book like the plague.

But I have no idea why, because the book was full on suspense and intrigue and kept me guessing right up until the very end, and I thought it was fabulous!

The book centers around a vigilante serial killer who has so far killed more than twenty people, leaving behind no trace of who he could be and leaving the police utterly baffled with no possible leads. The vigilante only kills people who he feels ‘deserve to die’, people who deal drugs, or have committed crimes in the past. The book opens with the vigilante killing two men who have just dragged a woman into an alleyway. Because of this, the local newspaper reporter tends to write articles which praise rather than condemn the killer, and questioning why the police can’t identify him. But then the vigilante gets brave, and sends an email to the police and the newspaper reporter with details of his latest crime.

From then on, the vigilante continues to send messages taunting the police and giving the reporter tips for new articles. But the messages can’t be traced, and the lead detective decides to enlist the help of a local computer security investigations firm to catch this guy before he kills the entire criminal underworld of the city and moves on to more undeserving prey.

Throughout the book, we switch between the cop, the security investigator and then glimpses of the vigilante preparing for his crimes. But when we’re seeing the vigilante, it’s never revealed who it is, and judging on the clues that you get throughout the book, it looks like it’s going to be one of two possible characters. I thought I had a pretty good idea of who it was, but as usual, I was wrong. I need to get better at this I think!

As I said before, I thought the book was fabulous, I don’t know why the other reviewers seem to have a problem with it, I don’t know if they’ve just read more of this type of book than I have and therefore have more experience of what they are like, but any book that can keep me flipping pages in a desperate need to get to the end is alright in my book!


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