Book Review: Think of a Number by: John Verdon

Think of a Number: A Novel

Publisher: Crown

Publish Date: 6 July 2010

Origins: Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Blurb: Arriving in the mail one day is a taunting letter that ends with a simple declaration: “See how well I know your secrets – just think of a number”. Eerily, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial-murder investigation. Brought in as an investigative “consultant”, Gurney soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that have local police in awe. Yet, with each taunting move by a seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney feels his tragedy-marred past rising up to haunt him, his marriage approaching a disastrous precipice, and, finally, a dark, cold fear building that he’s met an adversary that can’t be stopped.

Review in 5: Page-turner, Enthralling, Edge of your seat, Twisted, Powerful

Review: Dave Gurney was a police detective who captured a few big name serial killers, but he’s now retired, working on art projects and trying to settle into country life with his wife…until a college friend contacts him with an odd situation and some creepy notes.

“Do you believe in Fate?” is how the first note starts. This question draws Dave Gurney into the web of the man who is playing a very peculiar and fatal game, a web he might not escape from in time.

This book is an exciting read, which pulls you in from the first word, and digs its claws in deep. I’ve found this to be one of the most original mysteries I’ve read in a long time. Gurney is a complex character and the way his mind works is fascinating as he unravels the tangled threads that have knotted around him. I highly recommend this book!


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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this one. Glad it lived up to the hype :)


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