Review published on August 10, 2017.
For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him… once.
I have read several C.J. Box books before but this was the first Cassie Dewell book that I had read. I was familiar with C.J.’s style of writing and knew it was very “American” . Not having read any of this series before did not detract from the story and it was easy to follow with out knowing the back ground of Cassie.
It was a fast paced, quick moving novel that I enjoyed. It did not have loads of confusing characters and did not keep jumping from place to place which I find a lot of psychological thrillers do. It was just following Cassie’s story hunting the Lizard King and the Lizard King’s story.
Along the way Cassie loses her job as chief investigator in the Bakken County, North Dakota, sheriff’s department, but she is still obsessed in catching the Lizard King, with or without the police’s help. The Lizard King has kidnapped two ladies and two boys (from Cassie’s town), which makes her even more determined to track him down.
The novel is gripping, captivating and exciting and you are constantly wondering if she will catch the killer or whether he will manage to escape. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to C.J. Box fans and fans of psychological thrillers.
Maxine Wetherall 5/4
Paradise Valley by C.J. Box
Head of Zeus 9781786693181 hbk Jul 2017