Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Bred to Kill by Franck Thilliez

In the shocking sequel to runaway international bestseller Syndrome E, Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have reunited to take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research center outside Paris. But what first appears to be a vicious animal attack soon proves to be something more sinister. What was Eva secretly researching? Was she tracking three fanatical scientists who control a thirty-thousand-year-old virus with plans to unleash it into the world?

With his unmatched ability to inject cutting-edge science into his novels, Thilliez draws on genetics, paleontology, and the dark side of human nature to create this smart, adrenaline-fueled thriller. Bred to Kill moves from the rain-slicked streets of Paris to the heart of the Alps to the remote Amazon jungle as Lucie and Sharko work to solve the murder—before whoever killed Eva comes for them.

From the library.

Having recently read the first of the author's books, Syndrome E, and vaguely enjoyed it I was intrigued to see this "sequel" available at my local library and picked it up.

This story also featured Lucie and Sharko, who remained rather unlikable.  Sharko was a bit more sympathetic this time around but Lucie was still repellant.  Thankfully, Lucie did finally admit to her role as a truly horrible parent so her character did make some progress.

The story itself was okay.  It wasn't quite as intriguing as the previous volume but it was still good enough to continue through to the end.  There was nothing spectacular about it, but nothing truly horrendous either.  I was really rather neutral about it.  The science was interesting, and rather terrifying at points, which did keep me more engaged than I would have expected.  There was also a rather large reveal about 7/8ths of the way through the book regarding Lucie's twins which was a true "wow" moment.

Overall, this was an interesting read, but nothing I would fight someone for over the last copy.  If you happen to see it and you have nothing more pressing on your TBR pile it's worth a look.  It is highly recommended that you read the previous book first though so things will make a lot more sense.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan said...

Hmmm... I think the whole Zoo TV show, burned me out on killer animal stories.

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