Review: The Scar by Michael Weiner

  The Scar
  Michael Weiner; Kindle Edition
Published October 27th 2010 by Vanguard Press
As a homicide detective, David Seff witnesses some of the most gruesome things life has to offer. He puts his life in danger everyday that he comes to work, visits perilous areas most people wouldn’t step foot in, and deals with the scum of the earth. Catching criminals is what David Seff does best. This is why he was chosen to lead a task force to discover who shot and killed the well-respected Reverend Michael. At first the detective thought it was a random act of violence, but it turns out to be the first victim of a homicidal serial killer.Throughout the story, you will go back in time to the killer’s life as a boy and his desolate life at home with an abusive father, a terrifying encounter in New York City after running away from home, and the grisly murders. The hunt is on. Will Detective Seff catch the mysterious man causing hysteria amongst the people of Pennsylvania, or will there be no end to the bloodshed?
Goodreas on The Scar

“Sometimes the hunters become the hunted, and the strong become the weak. The powerful become vulnerable and the helpless gain their peace.” – pg.97

Well, huzzah! I was completely taken with the novel. I read it with a hunger only well written crime-stories seem to waken inside me. God, was it good!

Now, as I’m a frequent follower of crime stories of all kinds, TV shows, documentaries, reality-shows (Discovery ID was invented for me, I’m telling you ), I can say I sort of got a nose for picking out the killer. As I read the novel, I was constantly thinking, omg, this could be the killer; then, omg, no, this is the killer! But when the end came, I was thoroughly perplexed. Of all the ones I suspected, I never would have suspected the one that did end up being the killer. I mean, I was shocked! Wow!
And it was so beautifully tied together, everything came together like clockwork.
And honestly? After getting a glimpse into the killer’s past, I was sort of cheering for him. The life, the terror, all those horrible things to happen to someone so young still…I was hit by waves of goosepumps half the time.

The chapters dedicated to the killer’s life are incredibly touching; as a result of his troubling life, he becomes a vigilante serial killer, quite merciless in his distribution of justice. When I reached the end, I found myself wondering about how just or unjust his actions really are. Is it the right way to let law judge, condemn and punish? Sure; but when faced with forms of human evil, up-close and personal, is it not our primary instinct to seek our own justice? Nothing is infallible, except death. So, answer me this:

“But if you had the ability to see an individual’s iniquities knowing they were willing to do it again and again, and only you had the power to stop them, then what would you do? Would you stand by idly […]? Or would you do something about it?” – pg.152

Reflex response, I would notify the proper authorities; unless it’s my child that’s molested, or my mother that is raped, tortured, killed. Then? Then if I could, oh I would do something about it.
So in the end, I’m not sure how evil I find the killer; he is guilty of his actions, just like his victims are, but perhaps his evil rights the evil of others. Life is a delicate balance.

The characters were awesome. Just awesome, incredibly real, powerful, memorable. I think Detective Seff is going to linger in my thoughts for quite a while. He’s by far the most interesting one of the bunch, and one of my new favorite characters ever. When Michael Weiner created him, he was struck by genius, Detective Seff is that good.

I loved the writing; it flows beautifully, it lingers right where it should with just enough attention to detail without falling into the hyper-descriptive trap at all. It’s very animate, quick-paced, fabulous. My heart was drumming as the ending was nearer and nearer, I mean tension was so thick, you could’ve cut it with a knife. And then, came the ending. And I was blown away, totally blown away! God, how I liked the novel.

Now, quite gorgeous as it is, the cover gave birth to this looming curiosity, what does it hint to? I kept checking it out, now and then, in between chapters. Enigmatic to the very end, I made sense of it after I finished the book. I had the “a-HA!” moment only then.

I fervently encourage you to read this, if you’re a crime-stories enthusiast like I am, and even if you’re not, it will completely win you over. It’s smart, very well done, charming, intriguing – I mean, what else could you want?


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