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Long time no blog post! I started my traineeship in October and some weeks at the end of the month were really stressful. But now I have some more free time and finally time to write again! I already posted the German article about Chris Carter’s The Caller in mid-October and now you can finally read the English version! A friend recommended the book as she couldn’t stop reading. I was curious and bought the book as well – and she was right!
Tanya is about to have a relaxed evening when her best friend called via video call. Of course she answers the phone and the horror begins: It’s not Katie who is calling but her murderer. He threatens to kill Katie if Tanya fails to answer two questions. The first one is easy but Tanya doesn’t know the right answer of the second and she has to watch her best friend being killed. Profiler Robert Hunter is surprised: The murderer stalked Katie for months but didn’t leave any traces. Then the next homicide happens in front of a smartphone camera and Hunter has to investigate harder: Can he arrest the serial killer before he murders another innocent person?
Wow, the story is so thrilling! I see why my friend couldn’t stop reading – I couldn’t either! And I had a first: I usually can stand a lot. Having dinner while I watch some getting killed? No problem! And reading about a crime is not so bad either as you don’t see the murder happen (or you just don’t imagine it 🙂 ). But this time… Especially the way Katie gets killed is really hard and I actually felt sick for the whole day after having read about it. Really terrible!
The protagonist is Robert Hunter and he also is the main character in several books before. But you can read the story without knowing the other books. There’s a little love story about him – it seems like there is no crime novel without a romance these days 😉 But this one is actually needless as it doesn’t contribute at all to the story.
The cliffhangers at the end of every chapters are suspense-packed and one reason, why I couldn’t stop reading. Another exciting moment is when we think we get to know the killer and we want to know how the story will continue. One husband who has to watch his wife getting killed, wants to murder the killer and we get to know his perspective. Who will catch the murderer first – Hunter or the widower?
It seems like the story is too short and the ending and how the killer gets caught seems to come too early – but as the book contains over 400 pages, I shouldn’t complain 😉 But I was actually expecting another murderer as the killer was really creative and even though I got sick by his killings, I was actually curious how the next murderer will happen. It was surprising who the killer is, I didn’t expect him to be a bad guy. The ending is thrilling but predictable.
I really, really liked the book and it won’t be the last one I’ll be reading by Chris Carter. My friend owns a couple of his books but as we now live several miles apart, she unfortunately can’t borrow them to me anymore. But you really have to read The Caller!
Have you already read the book? Or any other by Chris Carter?