Christopher Pike was one of my most favorite horror and suspense authors as a tween and a teenager. I spent many nights engrossed in his stories. They were so hard to put down!
A couple of years ago, I happened to come across a copy of Christopher Pike‘s Falling at my local library. I had thought he dealt only in the Young Adult / teenager realm so I was pleasantly surprised to find this book. Reading an “adult” Christopher Pike book was like reuniting with an old friend.
We start the tale off with Kelly Feinman, an FBI agent who is tracking down a dangerous serial killer by the name of Acid Man. They have a moment in the beginning where they tangle. A horrible moment that leaves Kelly scarred for life. Disapproving of her job, her husband takes their daughter and leaves. Kelly finds herself alone. Soon, she is put on another case. A kidnapping case.
Matt Connor is a broken-hearted man who finds out that his beloved girlfriend Amy cheated on him. Matt decides to plot revenge against Amy by stealing her infant son — Jimmy Techer.
Kelly and Matt cross paths — Matt is the kidnapper and Kelly is the FBI Agent on his trail. More than that, Kelly’s history with Acid Man returns to haunt her.
I literally could not put this book down. I read it in one day. The plot was well thought out. No plot holes or left over questions. There really is no question as to “who dunnit” in this book — because all of those cards are laid out on the table early on. However, Pike is masterful in the way he weaves each separate story together. I never thought I could sympathize with one of the “bad guys”… but I did find myself sympathizing with Matt Connor.
My Rating for Falling by Christopher Pike:
I would give this 4-1/2 stars really… maybe I need to make a graphic for that. Heh. 😀