‘I need your help, Detective. Fire or water?’ Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD’s Homicide Special Section receives an anonymous call asking him to go to a specific web address – a private broadcast. Hunter logs on and a show devised for his eyes only immediately begins. But the caller doesn’t want Detective Hunter to just watch, he wants him to participate, and refusal is simply not an option. Forced to make a sickening choice, Hunter must sit and watch as an unidentified victim is tortured and murdered live over the Internet. The LAPD, together with the FBI, use everything at their disposal to electronically trace the transmission down, but this killer is no amateur, and he has covered his tracks from start to finish. And before Hunter and his partner Garcia are even able to get their investigation going, Hunter receives a new phone call. A new website address. A new victim. But this time the killer has upgraded his game into a live murder reality show, where anyone can cast the deciding vote.
Book 5 in this series, overall it didn’t disappoint. This series is an easy read. They’re gorey, and Mr Carter does to a rather splendid job of the description of that gore! The pace of the story in this one was probably the best of the 5, with the ending actually finishing up nicely. I thought the story line was actually very interesting and reminded me a lot like the Diane Lane movie, Untraceable, especially the first murder method. I did however, have an issue with a few bits of the book. I’m aware that Mr Carter is also a psychologist which is why it was disappointing to read him write to term, ‘committed suicide’. Suicide is not illegal, and saying/writing that further contributes to the stigmatisation that is already so rampant, encouraging those who may be having suicidal thoughts more guilt and shame, when we should be reaching out to those people. You can read a little more about not using the ‘c’ word with suicide here. Another thing, it was the phrase that went a little along the lines of, “… it was like her brain was hardwired differently from everyone else…”, well of course it is, all of our brains are “hardwired” differently otherwise we’d all be the same. I’ve always said that this series was full of cliche’s, this one being no different, but all that aside, I do enjoy the series which is why I keep reading it and once again look forward to the next in the series.
I rated One by One: 4/5 stars