Torn Apart is a roaring-paced, action-packed thriller right from the very first page – a page which sets the scene of a dark and cruel underworld where human life is valued less than a ride in a car.
This sophisticated story centers on Detective Emily Thompson who has become the serial killer’s pinup. The whole Naperville police department is turned inside out as a brutal gang of drug smugglers crashes like a hurricane through their area. Events are stirred up further by a Naperville officer doing the wrong thing for the right reasons as he desperately strives to save his young daughter from a cruel and fatal disease. His actions set in chain events which threaten the lives of the officers and their young families as a tweeny is abducted for a paedophile ring and the ensuing chaos allows a serial killer to close in on Detective Thompson.
This story is not for the faint of heart as the gritty details observed by Gerick in his years as an Illinois reporter are used for the bedrock of his characters, characters who like the real world are both flawed and trying to do the right thing – as they see it. The attention to detail is superb, transporting you right into the thick of the shootouts accompanied by the tinkle of spent casings.
The storyline is by turns both thrilling and disturbing, reflecting the real issues that trouble urban America and the thin blue line trying to hold back the tide, making it impossible to put this book down before the adrenalin-pumping finale.
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