I was able to snag this delicious little book from the author Barbara Copperthwaite, and I was super happy that we got in touch. Flowers for the Dead is a crime thriller, but it’s also a psychological thriller in a way. This book is different than anything I’ve read recently, and the reason for that is that we as the reader, know exactly who the killer is from the very beginning, and we know about his backstory, what makes him the way that he is, and why he is targeting the women that he is killing. I thought this was a terrific way to change up the game in a thriller novel.
Adam is a disturbed man, who will murder anyone who decides that they don’t want anything to do with him. His first murder victim is Julie, who we see taking a run by herself one morning, Adam is there to knock her down with a blunt object, and we witness her last dying thoughts as he crushes her windpipe. This, although disturbing, was a really interesting and fresh way to tell a story. I really enjoyed how the author puts you in the mind of the victim, and the murderer.
I like that as a reader, I was able to follow along with the detective and the police force to see how they uncover evidence, collect their data, and how they run their lives, while I knew exactly who did the deed, but I had to wait and find out what was going to happen to him. This made me feel like I was watching a movie or a television show.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and the reason for that is sometimes I felt like it was a little bit too disturbing, but that doesn’t take away from the content of the book at all.