Monday, December 21, 2015

Resuscitation by D.M. Annechino

Resusictation

Review of They Never Die Quietly (Book one) - HERE

Review of A Piece of You (Book Three) - HERE

Synopsis - 

Two years ago, Detective Sami Rizzo narrowly escaped a brush with death at the hands of a serial killer. After apprehending the killer and bringing him to justice, this life-changing event compels her to resign from the police force. In her heart of hearts, however, she struggles with the decision. But a second serial killer—a well- respected doctor gone astray—uses his charm to seduce his victims and then performs horrific surgical experiments on them. In a final act of depravity, he scatters their mutilated bodies throughout San Diego County. Feeling a sense of duty and obligation, Sami Rizzo appeals to the police chief and mayor, and they reinstate her as a homicide investigator. As the body count grows and the killer’s experiments become more and more brutal, Sami follows one dead-end lead after another, while trying to deal with a sickly mother and a turbulent relationship with her lover. But then the killer makes a crucial mistake: one of his victims survives. Sami does everything to protect the barely alive victim, but the killer has a different plan.

Review - 

Resuscitation is the second of three books I am reviewing by this author featuring San Diego homicide detective Sami Rizzo. Each of the three offer truly creepy serial killers who off their victims in unique ways and are driven by strong personal motives. As a psychological thriller, this book is just over the line, enough to get your heart pounding but still let you fall asleep at night.

Two years have passed since Sami almost met her end at the hands of a serial killer. She has walked away from the police force - something her dad asked her to pursue on his death bed - and headed back to school to study Social Work. She was now married to her former partner, Al Diaz. When the police discover a mutilated body, Sammi is torn. It's time to admit she isn't enjoying her studies and missed being a detective. With the support of the police chief and mayor, she heads back into the office and onto the trail of a new serial killer. Diaz has been called away on a family emergency, so his character has only a minor role this time around. 

One of Annechino's strengths is creating believable creepy serial killers. In Resuscitation we are introduced to Julian, a successful cardio-thoracic surgeon with a failing marriage and an intense drive to attain serious recognition for his skills at the highest levels. When he receives notification that his research grant has again been turned down because it needs more data, he makes the horrifying decision get that data through research on live people. They are picked up through random encounters starting in bars, and Julian lures them in knowing full well none of them will survive the ordeal he has planned. It's not so bad when they are fully anesthetized, but the story crosses into truly disturbing when Julian begins working on them while chemically paralyzed but wide awake and in excruciating pain.

Again, Amazon reviews run the full range. I think it all comes down to what you want from this genre.  Do you like creepy serial killers that just cross the line - disturbing but not super gory? Then this series is for you.

Buy the book: Amazon

Meet The Author - 

To read an interview with the author click HERE!


D.M. Annechino author picDaniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.

​His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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2 comments:

  1. Marilyn, Thanks for the great review of Resuscitation. I appreciate your efforts.

    D.M. Annechino

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