Before I start my review, I would like to thank AmazonCrossing and NetGalley for allowing me to review Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Rage from AmazonCrossing through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Author: Zygmunt Miloszewski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (translator)
Date of publication: August 1st 2016
Number of pages: 412
Where the book can be found: Amazon
Part of a Series: Yes
What Series: Teodor Szacki
Entanglement – Book 1
A Grain of Truth – Book 2
Rage – Book 3
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
All eyes are on famous prosecutor Teodor Szacki when he investigates a skeleton discovered at a construction site in the idyllic Polish city of Olsztyn. Old bones come as no shock to anyone in this part of Poland, but it turns out these remains are fresh, the flesh chemically removed.
Szacki questions the dead man’s wife, only to be left with a suspicion she’s hiding something. Then another victim surfaces—a violent husband, alive but maimed—giving rise to a theory: someone’s targeting domestic abusers. And as new clues bring the murderer closer to those Szacki holds dear, he begins to understand the terrible rage that drives people to murder.
From acclaimed Polish crime writer Zygmunt Miloszewski comes a gritty, atmospheric page-turner that poses the question, what drives a sane man to kill?
Taking a line from the synopsis……What drives a sane man to kill? I mean, that question could easily be answered just by looking at today’s headlines. “She cut me off”, “He cheated on me”, “She grabbed the last pair of socks in the discount bin” as a few examples. I mean we have all heard them. But what this author did is backtrack from the killing and examined the circumstances from all angles. And surprisingly, it worked.
Seeing that this is the 3rd book in a series (and you all know how much I don’t like that), it could very well be a standalone book. There were a few references to past books (the journalist that Teodor had an affair with and a famous profiler) but other than that, this book was its own animal.
I did not like Helena (Hela’s) or Teodor’s characters. Hela came across as a spoiled brat and Teodor came across as a very cold, very unfeeling person. Even when he was comforting people, there was this edge to him and it made me, the reader, very uncomfortable.
The plot was fantastic and it was very fast paced. The two storylines (one about Teodor’s family life and the other one about the case/domestic abuse victims) meet up towards the end of the book. The way that the author did it, though, was great!!! To be honest, I couldn’t put my finger on the murderer/vigilante. It could have been anyone. The big twist at the end, though, was a surprise.
How many stars will I give Rage? 4
Why? While a very gritty, very fast paced mystery, I felt that the author kept the identity of the murderer/vigilante under wraps for too long. Other than that, it was a great read!!
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range? Adult
Why? Sex, a very descriptive scene (well 2 scenes) where you find out how to kill someone with lye balls, another descriptive scene where a man gets throat raped by a pole and some mild language.