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JUNE 21, 2010
Devil's Feather ~ Minette Walters

reviewed by CarolK

Minette Walters seldom disappoints me and this read was no exception. Devil’s Feather is psychological suspense at its best.  What would it feel like to be a victim of a terrorist kidnapping, to be kept in a cage for several days, to be blindfolded and wonder if you will be raped, or beheaded? This is just what happens to Connie Burns, Reuter’s reporter. While working on a story in Sierra Leone about five women brutally murdered, she suspects a British mercenary. She has met this man before under different names and is certain he is using the backdrop of war as a cover for his sadistic murders. In a confrontation with him, he warns her not to cross him. Connie could not know to what lengths this man would go to make good on his threat.
What I really loved about this book was how well Walter’s portrays monsters that prey, their victims, and explores the role of what it takes to be a survivor. I learned a thing or two, also. I learned that the mastiffs in the Hounds of the Baskervilles were actually a mastiff/bloodhound cross and that they are scarier than the mastiffs belonging to a main character in Devil's Feather. Though Jess’s dogs are massive in size and look ferocious, they are less to be feared and less ferocious than expected.
I was intrigued by the definition of Devil's Feather coming from the Turkish and translating as "a woman who stirs a man's interest without realizing it; the unwitting cause of sexual arousal. This passage, at the beginning of the book drew me right in. Having read many of Walter's novels, I was right at home with her style of story told with use of emails, letters, newspaper stories and the like. She does this so well.

Characters you'll care about, a fast paced story; I couldn't put it down!

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