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Two Graves by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

June 10th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: December 11, 2012

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from For twelve years, he believed she died in an accident. Then, he was told she’d been murdered. Now, FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast discovers that his beloved wife Helen is alive. But their reunion is cut short when Helen is brazenly abducted before his eyes. And Pendergast is forced to embark on a furious cross-country chase to rescue her.

But all this turns out to be mere prologue to a far larger plot: one that unleashes a chillingly-almost supernaturally-adept serial killer on New York City. And Helen has one more surprise in store for Pendergast: a piece of their shared past that makes him the one man most suited to hunting down the killer.

His pursuit of the murderer will take Pendergast deep into the trackless forests of South America, to a hidden place where the evil that has blighted both his and Helen’s lives lies in wait . . . a place where he will learn all too well the truth of the ancient proverb:

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

The Pendergast novels are some of my favorite mystery/suspense reads and I couldn’t believe I missed the release of this one (I blame it on the fact I no longer have a bookstore to go browse the new releases).   Fortunately I came across it at the library and dove right in.  I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this one.

The overall story about the Nazis running these experiments even through today was intriguing and the action kept moving along at a nice page.  However, one of my problems with the book was a lot of it seemed irrelevant to the serial killer/Nazi experiment storyline.  There was a side story about Corrie Swanson who is sent by Pendergast to stay with her father when she stumbles upon some of the Nazi papers.  The papers were the only tenuous tie to the main story and nothing really comes of it.  Her story runs its course and never ties back in so it felt like a waste of pages.  Then there was another side story about Constance and her former doctor’s obsession with her identity.  Again it seemed totally irrelevant to the main story, in fact Constance only comes into play one time with advice for Pendergast and otherwise could have been removed from the story as well.

What I did like was seeing the normally unflappable Pendergast fall apart after he loses Helen again.  It was shocking to see Pendergast seriously lose it and he journey to claw his way back out of his pit of depression.  I really like D’Agosta and the story really started moving much more quickly once he got Pendergast involved.

In the end I really enjoyed reading Two Graves but it doesn’t rank among the best of the series and could have been pared down without the two side stories.

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