by Paul Cleave
Genres: Suspense thriller
In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder. Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled "The Coma Cops" by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn't killed him, but, almost as deadly, it's switched off his emotions. When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, the bodies of two more rapists surface. It's hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer. There's a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that's exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they're battling something they never would've expected: each other.
Fall is the perfect time of year for a good suspense thriller and Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave delivered in spades. Suspenseful, with twists and turns Five Minutes Alone, takes you into the minds of several characters in a cat and mouse game. What would you do if you had five minutes alone with the person who hurt you or yours?
Five Caffeinated Reasons to grab a copy of Five Minutes Alone
- Cleave weaves a clever tale of suspense as a killer helps rape victims get revenge against their attackers. The plot is tight, and moves between perspectives as Cleave builds his spider web and characters find themselves trapped.
- Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate known to the media as the “Coma Cops” are finally recovering. Tate is back on the duty, and he and his wife are working to recover from their loss. His life is complicated and messy. Carl however is walking around with a bullet lodged in his head. He’s alive, but it’s a ticking time bomb. He now finds himself permanently retired. Cleave did an excellent job of fleshing out these characters and exposing their flaws and weaknesses. While I didn’t care for either of them, I did find myself completely immersed in their stories.
- If you or your loved one was attacked by someone and forever changed, would you want your five minutes? Cleave presents an interesting question as victims are afforded the opportunity to seek revenge.
- The plot was well-paced, with twists and turns that closed the characters in. Secondary characters added depth to the story and gave it believability. Five Minutes Alone was a nail-biting, page-turner, and I found myself holding my breath as the cops closed in on their suspect.
- Cleave allowed us perspectives from both the killer and Theodore notching up the tension. We are privy to what each knows. The final chapters were none stopped action as the tension increased.
Five Minutes Alone was an engaging thriller. A true cat and mouse game of wits and deception.
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