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Make Them Cry by Kevin O'Brien

Make Them Cry
Make Them Cry
Kevin O'Brien
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Pinnacle Books; First Thus edition (May 1, 2002)
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A fast-paced thriller follows a diabolical serial killer who terrorizes the streets of Seattle, collecting the bones of his victims in order to construct a monument to insanity. Original.
  • Gardagar
Okay, first of all - let me say that this author blows me away! This was my fourth book from this author and I haven't been terribly disappointed with Mr. O'Brien yet. I do have a small bone to pick with him over the predictable nature of this story, but it really is small and, honestly, predictable or not, the suspense more than makes up for that disappointment.

This author is an expert of twists and turns. Every single book I've read from Mr. O'Brien - up until this one - left me hanging up until the very end. I mean, every single time you think you know who the killer is, he finds a way to pull the rug out from under you. And this is the trend with this author.

Until this book - somewhat.

Like usual, Make Them Cry started out with someone meeting their unfortunate demise (and that's another thing I love about Mr. O'Brien; it takes no time to get to the action. The opening pages of his novels always starts out with an unfortunate victim - terrible for the person, of course, but wonderful for the eager reader). And as you progress through the story, you learn that there is a ritual associated with the killings - I won't say what because that would be somewhat of a spoiler. The main protagonist characters in this story, Father Murphy, Pete Tobin, and Maggie Costello, have parallel story lines that ultimately combine into the main story as they together try to investigate the mysterious deaths of past students who attended the Our Lady of Sorrows seminary - including the recent one involving Maggie's brother - John.

I'll admit that at first I was a little thrown off by the religious setting of the story. It's not so much that it made the story a bit tamer than what I'd come to expect from this author, but just because I was used to the troubled domestic drama from the other three novels I'd read from Mr. O'Brien (Killing Spree, Final Breath, Disturbed). Initially, I just didn't think this story would have the same feel.

But once this story got going and strange alliances were formed, I really started getting into this. Which brings me to my only disappointment and that's the predictable unveiling of the killer.

I don't know if maybe I'm just so familiar with this author's writing style or what - but even with the twist and turns I've come to love with his books, I knew the killer's identity almost from first introduction. And the little twist at the end, while for someone who might have been new to a Kevin O' Brien book might have thought it was a "wow" moment - it did little to nothing for me. Like I said, this author is an expert at leading you down one road one minute before leading you down another the next, so naturally everyone is a suspect in his novels. This one was no different and needless to say when the truth comes out, you'll find that if you were deductive enough, you might have made the association with one identity with another.

I gave this book four stars when I would have given it five just because of how easy I predicted the identity of the killer. However, I don't disagree with those reviewers that gave it five. Mr. O'Brien is a hell of a storyteller and is one of my absolute personal favorites. That isn't to say that just because I predicted the killer as easy as I did that someone else will as well. Either way, this book was so full of plot twists and suspense that there's just no way you couldn't enjoy it.
  • Gnng
This was the first Kevin O'Brien book I'd ever read, and to be honest, I only bought it because the Kindle version was very cheap (about 1/3 the cost of most other Kindle books I've bought) and I tend to like the kinds of books O'Brien writes (mysteries/thrillers/suspense novels). I found the beginning of the book pretty slow -- in fact I kept switching to another book because that one was so much more interesting. The O'Brien book got better in terms of keeping my interest, i.e. O'Brien's writing got better and faster-paced, but I got VERY annoyed at the characters as I found them to be quite unrealistic -- the priest, his superiors, the students at the school. Maggie was the only one who felt like a real flesh-and-blood person to me.

I also found the intense attention paid to gay sex among the seminary students to be boring and, well, annoying again. I am not homophobic at all -- i.e., I would have found similar characterizations of heterosexual characters just as annoying -- but many of the passages just seemed to be adolescent gay porn (i.e., not explicit, but long passages where the characters commented breathlessly on other characters' hard bodies, talked about their erections, etc.). Not what I really wanted or expected to read.

But the biggest problem was that I figured out who the killer was basically as soon as he was introduced pretty early in the book. The characterization of this person just made it more and more clear that he was the killer. And the "surprise" about his identity at the end wasn't surprising at all. I LIKE to be surprised so this was very disappointing. It was also disappointing that there was no attempt to explain his actions, other than he was a socoipath (other reviewers have commented on this as well).

All in all, a very disappointing book. Sorry, I really wanted to like it -- I LOVE finding new authors and then gobbling up everything they've ever written. When I bought "Make Them Cry," I also bought 2 others by O'Brien for my Kindle since they too were very cheap. I hope they are better than this one, otherwise I may never finish them.
  • Madis
There aren't many "crime-with-a-church-background" books written these days..... at least not that I have found. But I always enjoy reading those because I always feel there is a particular line between good and evil that needs to be observed when religious overtones course thru a book. This one was very well written. As the story unfolds, several characters are dangled as possible suspects, but the page turner keeps you wondering where what you think you know will take you next. I wouldn't call it an edge of your seat type of thriller, but it is engrossing with the intensity of thoughts swirling in the mind of the investigating priest, and the edgy possibility of a hint of romance.... A bit different but worth the read.