Mystery Mondays is a sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly and sometimes monthly review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next.
What do you get when you add two well known thriller writers together along with some of their well known characters all in one story? For countless fans of thrillers it would probably be a dream come true. For someone like me who ordinarily isn’t the biggest fan of thriller fiction, it was an eye opener to the different possibilities the genre has to offer. Even before I read this book, the concept alone was enough to know that I needed to review this book on my blog.
There are eleven stories in this collection, which is edited by David Baldacci a writer who is quite well known in his own right. Each chapter features a different collaboration between two well-known thriller writers, and starts off with an introduction that tells the reader about the two writers the characters they choose to include in the story, an explanation as to why the authours were paired up and finally in some instances we get a behind the scenes glimpse of the whole writing, collaboration and thought processes. I found these introductions extremely informative as well as a helpful guide to the characters which in turn enhanced my reading experience as there were only like three characters in this entire collection that I was familiar with. The introductions also showed that much thought was put into the pairings which made me appreciate this collection even more as the pairings worked extremely well for the on the whole.
Taken as a whole, FaceOff had me slowly changing my mind reconsidering trying out more thrillers though nothing too scary. There was a variety in the types of thriller stories in this collection from super creepy to bone chilling to fast paced procedurals, which is excellent for those who want to dip their toes into the thriller genre as it introduces readers to various different characters and from these stand alone stories you can decide based on the characters which series you would like want to pick up next. I know that after reading this collection, the list of thriller novels I want to read has grown substantially as I know I want to read more books with Patrick Kenzie, Malachi and Repairman Jack in them. All are interesting but remarkably different and unique characters who make this collection a highly recommended read for all.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.