Zodiac by Sam Wilson.
My copy: Pegasus Crime, February 7th, 2017. ARC (review copy), 446 pages.
Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Pegasus Books!
A starting new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years, where the line between a life of luxury and an existence of poverty can be determined by the stroke of midnight.
In San Celeste, a series of uniquely brutal murders targets victims from totally different walks of life. In a society divided according to Zodiac signs, those differences are cast at birth and binding for life. All eyes are on detective Jerome Burton and astrological profiler Lindi Childs—divided in their beliefs over whether the answer is written in the stars, but united in their conviction that there is an ingenious serial killer executing a grand plan.
Together, they will unravel a dark tale of betrayal, lost love, broken promises and a devastating truth with the power to tear their world apart…
I haven’t read a good thriller in a while. I forgot how much I enjoy the tension, action, and fast pace. Zodiac sometimes meanders, but everything is there for a reason. The chapters are short and snappy, and the information given is all fascinating. It’s a mind game to find a murderer, and while the victims seem pretty random at first — they couldn’t be more darkly connected.
Zodiac follows a few characters, but mainly Detective Jerome Burton, Profiler Lindi Childs, and businessman Daniel Lapton. There are more characters who tell the story, but these three are the important figures.
I never really liked any of the characters, but I did feel for them and grow attached to a few. You hate the people you’re supposed to hate, you sympathize with the ones you’re supposed to sympathize with. Lindi had a lot of color in the beginning, but she, and everyone else, got more depressed and serious as the story progressively got darker.
At first, the many different narratives seem unrelated, even though you know, of course, they somehow are related. When everything comes full circle and you understand the specific timelines the different stories are happening in, it’s really quite something. It’s also very satisfying, going, “Aha!” when everything completely makes sense.
The society where people’s zodiac sign determines their future is… grim. It’s really hard to believe such an idea could actually function, but I guess brainwashing and a very aggressive police force will do that. There is plenty of prejudice and stereo-typing to be found, and all the other social problems you’d expect when people are grouped and forced into a mold. There were also times where some of the brutality in the novel was exactly like what we see on the news in real life. Horrifying and corrupt, but in existence.
I really enjoyed Zodiac. It’s an easy read and a cool setting for a crime thriller, so a nice bit of originality. There aren’t many huge twists and turns, but the overall story is constructed very well in a way that really engaged me. I definitely recommend checking it out once it’s released on February 7th. ♦
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