Where do you run when blood cannot be trusted?
A retired investigator. A single mother. A rebellious son. A murder that rocks the uneasy peace between an informal settlement and a crowded, urban street. The race is on to find the killer – and to protect a small community’s most vulnerable members from harm.
Bianca Mori’s “Snakehead” strays a bit from her steamy, romance territory, but it’s nonetheless exciting, riveting, and memorable.
There are different POVs in the story, but all are written in third-person. If you’re a fan of Criminal Minds, then “Snakehead” is a thrilling read.
At first you read about these people: the retired investigator, the single mother, and the rebellious son. You think you know what’s going to happen, but it’s not until the final few chapters that you go, “Oh, so it’s…”
In just less than a hundred pages, Mori has woven a story about forgiveness, new beginnings, and dangers lurking where we least expect them.
I love that Mori’s characters, scenes, and setting all contribute to the danger and the local culture. Max, or Mang Max, as he is affectionately called, still keeps in contact with his former protégé (now 50 years old and is the police chief). He constantly talks with his goddaughter about rice desserts (kakanin).
The friendship between Max and his former apprentice, the single mother (Claire) and her strained relationship with her son (Victor), and how all these characters interact all contribute to the sleepy mood of the town, where the unthinkable is just hanging around the corner.
If you hate grotesque and macabre killing scenes, then you’re in luck. “Snakehead” had the suspense and dread, but didn’t fail to depict the situation of the victims (i.e. they were high risk victims, who lived in the slums and by the grace of luck).
And the killer was unhinged as fudge! I won’t say anymore, but it was quite the surprise.
What made this story a memorable one was how everything came together like puzzle pieces. It doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but it does leave a lingering scent of mystery that deserves to be picked up for a sequel.
Bianca Mori is the author of “One Night at the Palace Hotel” and “Tame The Kitten.” She is interested in exploring power in romance and enjoys reading about demimondaines, pin-up girls and Jazz Age personalities and hopes to reinterpret these in her stories. She lives with her family and a hyperactive pug.