During a thirteen month period between 1976 and 1977, a string of murders called the Oakland County Child Killings occurred in the Detroit area. The killer was dubbed 'The Babysitter' by the press because of the way he bathed the bodies, cleaned and pressed their clothes before redressing them, and leaving them lying neatly arranged when he dropped off the bodies. He was never caught.
When a killer turns a small town in Michigan into his personal hunting ground, detective Nick Strattan and his partner Gwen Randall learn about the sordid side of the internet as they pursue a nameless killer who operates in total anonymity online to stalk his victims. But their investigation takes an eerie turn when they begin to see a pattern to the murders with a similarity to the Baby Sitter killings. Has he come out of retirement using the latest technology to find his next victims?
Final Moment is the hunt for a remorseless killer who preys on young girls through the online social network that we have become so used to living in. Together Strattan and Randall must defeat a sophisticated killer who has the uncanny ability to anticipate their every move, and stay ahead of them as he stalks his next victim. As their search intensifies, Strattan begins to realize how vulnerable his own teenage daughters are, and the urgency to get this killer off the streets..
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 4 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 4.75 out of 10
Plot: This compelling thriller features a sound central premise (connected to a real-life case), strong pacing, and gratifying plot developments. The lack of tidy resolution for individual characters provides nuance and verisimilitude.
Prose: Cowan writes in clear and economical prose that effectively evokes tension.
Originality: As a police procedural, Cowan's novel follows a familiar trajectory, yet details relating to how law enforcement--and perpetrators--use modern technology to their benefits, offers an intriguing element.
Character Development: Cowan offers convincing dialogue and a female protagonist who displays tech savvy, guts, and emotional depth. In contrast, the central adversary is not always convincingly presented.
Date Submitted: May 04, 2018