One couldn't guess that it's Reverend Black who has been the serial killer. For that, it's a satisfactory surprise. But other than that, I don't find myself totally emphatic with all the characters even though the author has written so much how the characters were thinking. I believe that the readers are the most intimate with Elizabeth Black whereas the character of Adrian Wall seems aloof in the novel. In the aspect of readers engaging with the characters, I think this novel is not very successful.
Near the end, it's very difficult to put down the book as the readers are eager to know how it all ends. Nevertheless, I don't like the ending. Though the good guys/girls are alive, Elizabeth, Adrian and even Channing Shore are kind of hiding far away in some desert ( I guess Mexico ? ). The author is not able or doesn't want to manipulate the details such that his protagonists can be released from any criminal charges at the end. It's a kind of disappointment as I've felt that the author has been very manipulative to make the novel suspenseful and keep us at the edge of our seats, and therefore he should be able to do anything :-)
At the end, the story ends with a lot of violence, pretty much like most other novels of this genre. I prefer those of Japanese detective stories in which the endings don't often rely on the violence, to get the bad guys killed or caught. Overall, I've felt that I have been watching how the author maneuvers the plots of his novel instead of immersing myself in various characters. I guess the characters depicted in this novel are not the most likable kind.
p.56 (1st line): "... and Beckett watcher her go." should be " ... and Beckett watched her go."....Continua