Hush by Anne Frasier is about a serial killer nicknamed, the Madonna Murder, who kills unwed mothers and their infants. After making his kills, he leaves a snow globe playing the lullaby “Hush Little Baby.” Ivy Dunlap, the victim that got away, joins the police investigation to help bring her baby’s killer to justice.
This is author Anne Frasier’s first novel, and I found it to be a great attempt. The killer was multi-dimensional, and well written. So were the peripheral characters. The one character who I felt needed a little more development was Ivy.
We learn what happened to her at the hands of this madman 16 years ago, and her motivation for stopping him was clear. However, little is known about her past before the big event. The loss of her baby was a tremendous blow for Ivy to suffer, but I had a hard time believing she had no one in her life who would have missed her if she had died.
The other problem I found with the book was the resolution of the secondary storyline. I found this part of the story to be very interesting, yet it was left hanging by the end of the book. My other complaint is the climax between Ivy and the Madonna Murderer. It was very short, and I found it to be somewhat disappointing. Overall, I found the book to be enjoyable, and it piqued my interest in the author enough to want to read more of her novels.
My next book of 2012 will be Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris, book 10 in the “Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries.” I began these books back in 2008, but haven’t got around to reading the last two novels. Partly due to my dissatisfaction with how the television show has ruined some of my favorite parts of the books.
Dead in the Family picks up with Sookie and Eric’s relationship still going strong, while they both deal with the fallout from the previous novel. Her brother Jason finally has his life together, but of course more problems arise for the other important people in Sookie’s life.
Despite the problems I have with the HBO’s True Blood, I have always enjoyed reading the novels, and expect to enjoy this one just as much as the others. I also checked out the 11th book, so I’ll most likely be doing back to back reviews of everyone’s favorite Bon Temp vamps. Until next time Fangbangers…