A woman – so young and ripe – lies amid a detritus of pine needles and dirt. Her hair is matted to her face with a mixture of blood and tears and she screams again before subsiding into body wrenching sobs. Her voice is slightly slurred as she begs, “Please, stop. Please, I want to go home. Please don’t do it again.” A pair of black gloved hands comes into view. They hold pliers. The girl screams again. Lovely.
Successful artist Caleb Everett lives each day with a real-time film inside his head, playing … murder. Since he was a child, Caleb has been able to see into the minds of killers. Working alongside veteran Homicide Detective Jack Rafferty, Caleb now uses his unique ability to balance the scales of justice.
With a new case afoot, Caleb is himself being targeted by a killer, and with attractive journalist Makayla Dawson on the scene, it becomes a race against time to save them all. With the odds savagely stacked against them, will this case take apart everything Caleb holds dear?
Title: Take You Apart
Author: T.J. Spade
Series: The Everett Files #1
Genre: mystery, suspense
Although for me this was slightly predictable and had a few too many exclamation marks, I highly enjoyed it. It was well-planned and executed, deliciously dark and thrilling, and had a little romance on the side. I was desperate to read on and find out whether my suspicions were correct and how he story played out, and I was not disappointed. It held my interest enough to really want to read the sequel.
The paranormal aspect was a nice touch, giving this a little something extra than the typical suspense/murder mystery. I feel like the story was gripping and excellent, but it was the characters which let it down slightly, not quite being complex enough and the relationship between Mak and Cal not feeling totally real.
Despite its flaws, this is an excellent story and I would absolutely recommend it.