The Scavenger's Song by Sara Marie Hogg

The Scavenger's SongThe Scavenger's Song by Sara Marie Hogg



The Scavenger's Song introduces us to ace homicide detectives, Angus
Carlyle and Skeeter Sherwood. The Austin PD is stumped by numerous disappearances of young women in a seedy, neon-lit area downtown. The scavenger is doing his chilling, evil deeds, but no bodies can be found. Until they can produce bodies, technically, no homicides have actually been committed. One day the disappearances end. Where is the serial killer? His absence lasts for over ten years. When the scavenger finally sings, Angus and Skeeter are confident the case is arriving at its conclusion.
Now what did he do with the bodies? Bones begin presenting themselves in
the most macabre ways. The scavenger's method of disposing of the human evidence is not to be believed. Along the twisted, torturous path, Angus is maimed and Skeeter is almost destroyed. Can they claw their way back up to be productive and sharp once again? Let's hope so--a whole new series of murders is occurring right under their noses and they are probably the only ones who can make the madness end. Good detective work, hunches, psychics, long shots, the words of a bug man--they must hurry. Time is running out.


I thought the premise was unique. The beginning had me hopeful for an enjoyable read. But, the main characters, Angus and Skeeter, I just couldn't picture them being real. Maybe because I didn't feel like I got to know them enough in the beginning and then boom, it's ten years later. I felt the story was mapped out, I was guided all the way through, always knowing what was going to happen, and that tends to leave me restless and wanting to move on. I kept waiting for a plot twist or a surprise. Many points of the police scenarios didn't ring quite right, or seem possible. A couple examples - Skeeter saw her partner get shot in the leg and she was ordered on bed rest, house arrest, and had to be on medication? Seemed a bit drastic. Then there was "stubby" the torso, and the experiments which I can't say would never happen because I am not a forensic expert, but it seemed far fetched. I did think that making the tapes to use in later crimes was good, the way the remote control planes played into the story was interestingly creepy, and the landlord was suitably evil. I just had a hard time with this one. I honestly feel there were points of brilliance, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I am stuck between two and three stars. I didn't completely like it or dislike it. I find myself among four and five star reviews, and so therefore, the book may appeal to others more than it did to me.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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