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And even though you shift from one narrator to another and from present to past and back, you don't get lost because there's still a semblance of order in the way the "shifts" are made. I think it's a cool way of telling the story. In that movie, Bill Paxton plays a father whose "visions" led him to kill people who were "demons" as revealed by his visions.

Similarly, in Forgive Me, Alex, Norton the serial killer has a voice in his head telling him to torture random people.

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In the minds of these killers, they're not crazy and they don't believe what they're doing is wrong. It's crazy to think about what goes on in the head of a serial killer and this book shows us one possibility of what makes a serial murderer do what he does. This book also emphasizes another known fact--that most serial killers appear to be very normal people.

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When I first read the blurb I thought there was some kind of split personality thing going on. I was thinking ahead and wondering if maybe the "devil" and the "hero" are one and the same. I'm telling you right now none of the characters have dissociative identity disorder a. Either that or I watch too many police or detective and forensic shows happen to be my favorite stuff to watch, tsk. I know, I'm kind of rambling a bit.


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There's just too much fascinating psychological stuff in this book that appeal to me--the psychology of a killer, the psychology of a victim, the psychology of a victim's family. All very very interesting. There's also a good helping of emotions in this book, mostly on the part of Tony, so it's not just one whole clinical or psychological ride. I'm not sure how I feel about the twists, although they're good enough to surprise the reader. Most of the events in the book are something you can already guess from how the story is going and the twists are at least something the reader will not really think about until right at that point of their revelation.

When I read the last chapter, I thought about an alternate twist that would have made things much more terrible and heartbreaking, especially for Tony. I don't know why I thought that. I love-hate crushing endings. If you've read the book, let me know if the same idea crossed your mind. Things I like about this book : I actually like the alternating perspectives and shift from past and present.

I think this style is much better than doing a whole lot of flashbacks. I also like that this book wasn't too graphic or gory. I mean, the serial killer character did sick and terrible things, but the descriptions weren't too much for me. Just enough.

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Things I don't like about this book : There aren't too many things I don't like. Maybe the final twist. I don't know. I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and to those who are fascinated with serial killer stories. If you love Dr. Reid, I mean, Criminal Minds, you might love this book, too. I received a review copy of this book at no cost and with no obligations. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Diamond uses alternating points-of-view and alternating time frames to tell the story and while doing this really builds up the suspense in both time periods. I found the story horrifying and fascinating the way a great suspense thriller should be. Told from the points-of-view of the protagonist Tony and the antagonist Mitchell Norton is a very interesting way to frame the story.

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Tony is the ultimate good guy who's had hard luck in his life, but he's in love, he's taking care of his brother and life seems to be good. Mitchell is just a twenty-something not really going anywhere but not really hurting anything when the demons start to strike. I felt sympathetic to Mitchell to a degree until things started getting out-of-control, then I just felt like he was evil.

I was cheering for Tony during the book even with his brand of vigilante justice. I felt like the characters were very relatable for a suspense book. A lot of times times this genre doesn't concentrate on character development, but I felt like I got to know Tony, Frank, the Chief and Linda very well.

I really liked Frank and I really liked the other people that supported Tony in his life, the Chief and his Master at the dojo, these were all wonderful examples of the community at work. I think the thing I loved best about Forgive Me, Alex was the alternating time frames. Diamond tells the story going back and forth between when the initial murders take place and when Mitchell Norton is released from prison.


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The suspense really builds between both time frames even though the reader knows the ultimate outcome of The reader still doesn't know how the outcome happens and I found the story building up to that fascinating. Then the story in starts up as well and has a great suspense line of it's own as well as letting the reader catch up with the main characters and a few new ones seventeen years later. I loved this. It was never confusing as I thought it might be when I glanced at the table of contents and saw how it went back and forth between the characters and the years.

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The plot was very well-written and had me hooked from the first page. And I don't think this was an easy thing to do with the alternating time period and alternating characters. If you don't mind your suspense a little more on the grisly side description of the crimes then you will be okay with this. I did cringe a few times, but I was fully warned of the content of the book. It's not over the top and I have read much more graphic books, so don't let my word of warning scare you. It's about like a James Patterson type book in terms of descriptive crimes.

They felt real and their feelings were heartfelt. I wanted more of them in the end, so that outweighed the grisly aspect to me.

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There is much more to this book than the crimes. Forgive Me, Alex has an excellent plot, terrific characters and an ending that will stick with me for some time. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Though Komura's first physical appearance is delayed until after the midway point in the novel, his presence provides a unique twist to the traditional serial killer story.

After all, it's not every day that you combat your enemy with the wisdom of the samurai and the blades of the ninja. Komura has taken Tony on as his special student, As someone with a minor ninja fetish, I must admit that when Lane Diamond's Forgive Me, Alex introduced the character of Ben Komura, I was excited to learn more.

follow Komura has taken Tony on as his special student, teaching him aikido, jujitsu, karate and ninjutsu, as well as sword skills, history and more beyond the typical karate class world of belt acquisition and board-breaking. Komura's family tree can be traced back to the samurai, and although he is thoroughly American, he was also raised within Japanese traditions by parents who insisted on respect for their history and culture. In training with Master Komura, Tony has even learned how to walk silently like a ninja, so Komura insists he ring the chimes in his dojo when he is ready to learn--part of a game that is meant to let Tony know when he has finally defeated his master in stealth.

Of course, Komura is always one step ahead: he's installed security cameras and monitors the visuals as well as any motion in the dojo below his living quarters. Just as he is one step ahead of Tony physically, he is also able to display his mental dexterity when Tony asks him for help with his quest to destroy serial killer Mitchell Norton.

Norton has recently been released from a psychiatric prison after 17 years, and suspiciously similar murders in the small town of Algonquin, Illinois have begun again. Tony insists it is Norton, whom he refers to as "the devil"; Norton has already killed Tony's little brother, Alex, and attempted to take the life of his girlfriend, Diana, as well.