Guest Review: Five by Ursula Archer
A woman’s corpse is discovered in a meadow. A strange combination of letters and numbers has been tattooed on the soles of her feet. Detective inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the local murder squad quickly identifies the digits as map coordinates. These lead to a series of gruesome discoveries as she and her colleague Florin Wenninger embark on a bloody trail – a modern-day scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden caches. The “owner” of these unofficial, unpublished geocaches is a highly calculating and elusive fiend who leaves his victims’ body-parts sealed in plastic bags, complete with riddles that culminate in a five-stage plot. Kaspary herself becomes an unwilling pawn in the perpetrator’s game of cat and mouse as she risks all to uncover the motives behind the murderer’s actions. Five is definitely not a book for the faint-hearted, but it delivers great suspense, unexpected plot twists, and multi-dimensional characters.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
I was excited to read this book when I read the summary, but I was sadly disappointed. The plot was very slow and never seemed to peak. It took the main characters forever to figure out each and every clue, which is understood since the clues were much more complicated than they needed to be.
I also found the main character, Beatrice, to be annoying and kinda stupid. She had plenty of personal distractions along the way, her ex-husband, her kids, and her colleague, Florin, who she was clearly attracted. Her traumatic past that is hinted at throughout the entire book but we don’t actually find out what was so traumatic until near the end of the book, which makes the rest of the book confusing when something triggers her past.
I had a huge problem with the lack of organization. There were no chapters in this book, which I found very frustrating. The book was also very depressing.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
2.5 out of 5 stars (it was okay)