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In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims-or Rhyme himself.THE SKIN COLLECTORThe killer's metIn his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation's most renowned investigator and forensic detective.Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims-or Rhyme himself.THE SKIN COLLECTORThe killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case. Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking--a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face--hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission? As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable......

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The Skin Collector Reviews

  • Harry
    2019-01-29 11:59

    Book Review:I'll start by saying that I've read some very good books by Jefferey Deaver: and those books are part of this series. I've handed out a few 5 star reviews for them and you should read them. And I can immediately conclude that thought by saying Jeffery Deaver has also written some bad books. This is one of them. If you look at the chronology of his writing career you'll find that long ago he wrote novels that in my opinion are mediocre. Then something happened. Deaver came out with his Lincoln Rhyme series, an instant success, starting with the Bone Collector, a major motion picture, and concluding in this latest installment: The Skin Collector. And therein lies the rub. Could Deaver and his publishers not have come up with a more creative title for the book? Was it really necessary to steal it from his first? And that's just the beginning of my bitchin' session...After The Kill Room which also failed in regards to the rest of the series, I am thinking this series is now dead. All the steam has gone out of the Lincoln Rhyme series, almost as if in tandem with the passing of my favorite villain, the Watchmaker (Rhyme reflects morosely on his passing in this novel). Perhaps someone can tell me if his Kathryn Dance novels have suffered the same fate since Deaver took a holiday from Rhyme between 2010 and 2013 to begin that series. And this instant mediocrity literally happened between #9 and #10 in the Rhyme series. Perhaps it's just writers fatigue with a series. I've seen it happen before (Connely has to be careful too, in this regard). Deaver, unfortunately kept on writing the Rhyme series. Like the pre-Rhyme novels, the characters are now flatly drawn - we saw this happen in The Kill Room and we see it in The Skin Collector - the plot is a hopeless mess where for over three-quarters of the novel Deaver takes us along a poorly inked timeline, only to suddenly drop the entire plot structure and introduce a brand new plot hastily put together to save face and force a badly concocted surprise on the readers. Characterization and the associated psychology of the characters make no sense at all and isn't believable (No one collects skin! And perhaps Deaver should read some of his Scandinavian colleagues' work for a better insight into the psychology of humans involved in crime - as a matter of lost inspiration). And as my friend Yelena points out: "[the] narrative had contrived and forced set-ups; page after page of exposition." Well, you get the picture. As a painter, I have had it happen that 3/4 of the way through a painting I can't make it work. It's a luminous moment for an artist, knowing he's gone down the wrong path for a work of art. I get a little pissed. And then scrape all the paint off the canvass and go sulk in a corner somewhere wondering if I have enough money left to buy new oil paints. I think I'm done with Jeffery Deaver.--------------------------------------------Series Review:I'm going to take a slightly different tack with this series review for the Lincoln Rhyme series. It is best explained as a personal journey where I've had to wade through some bad stuff, and some good stuff. It was also a journey hindered by both the publishers and the author.Jeffery DeaverIt started with the film The Bone Collector. That's how I learned about Deaver and his Lincoln Rhyme series. And since I'd already seen the movie, I didn't bother with the first novel in the series because when you're talking thriller/mystery half the fun is gone if you know the outcome. In any case, it was a personal decision to skip it: I jumped immediately into The Coffin Dancer and I was intrigued.Jeffery Deaver is the one author with that uncanny ability to develop plot twists and very complex characters that leave you stunned to the end. If you've seen the movie, trust me, the books are far more ingenious and developed as compared to what we were presented with on the silver screen. Reading his novels I am reminded to never commit a crime. The science has gotten too good. After reading the exploits of one serial killer, I moved on to the next one: The Empty Chair. Love, betrayal, distrust, animosity, coupled with dedication, science and a vengeance for justice moved this one along quite nicely (it pits Sachs vs. Rhyme).Having assimilated two novels so far in this series (I'm pretty sure the Bone Collector is as good, though I didn't read it), I began to see Deaver as this master at creating interesting and very unique villains (a bone collector, an insect boy...really?) His writing was astute, it took its time developing the serial characters that appear from book to book, and Deaver displayed an uncanny ability as to plot. I moved onto the next one The Ghost, and the next one after that; the enigmatic conjurer in The Vanished Man. So far so good. I'm pretty much gobbling up the novels at this point. You know the drill, munching on snacks, late night hours in bed, early mornings with a cigarette and coffee, during short breaks at work, in the car while in stopped traffic. Most who know me, know me to be a serial reader. I like really, really long stories that span mutiple books. I like to hang out with the characters from book to book. They're like family. It didn' take me long to get to where I needed to be.That's when I met the Watchmaker, perhaps Deaver's finest villain yet (IMO). Did I say I was devouring these books at this point? Yah, there's a point to that which I'll make shortly. I'd read The Twelfth Card and came up for air before attempting The Cold Moon in which the Watchmaker is featured. I mean, folks, when I got into that book, I was rooting for the Watchmaker! (As devious as Rhymes, if not more so!).Then The Broken Window came out and I began showing up a little late at work. Folks, if you think data mining and information gathering is a benign business, then follow along with Deaver as he shows you what havoc is created when data mining falls into the wrong hands. Scary. Or, have you read the news about what might happen if our electrical power grid is hacked? I'm sure Deaver read the articles. Let the author take you there in The Burning Wire. And right about then, something happens in Deaver's life. Not sure what it is. Wait, I do, he goes off on a tangent with the Kathryn Dance series...but no further Rhyme novel appeared until 2013: his The Kill Room. You can read my take on that one here. In this period, I too decided to see if he'd published stand-alones. I mean, they had to be good if the Rhyme series were any indication, right? And certainly a few of them (The Devil's Teardrop was highly acclaimed) I'd heard were good.I read a few of them...can't name them because they were that forgettable. It was as if I was reading a different author all together. Flat characters, ok dialogue, I mean...a couple of them I had to put out of their misery. Sad, sad. I just couldn't understand it. So, with a little digging I found out these were pre-Rhyme much older novels that had been republished by the publishers (I'm sure they were counting on sales on the back of the Rhyme novels' success). Nice shiny new covers, new art work and sucking up to the Rhyme series and the publication dates seemed to indicate they were recently written. My bad. I stopped reading Deaver.Then The Kill Room came out. At the time, the latest in the series. I couldn't resist. I knew it'd be good. All the other Rhyme novels were great so why not this one? And again, Deaver threw me for a loop. It was as if that younger less-accomplished author had come back from the dead. I gave the book a 3 rating, but perhaps I was being generous. Gone was the dynamic tension and empathy I had for the main family. Flat characterization, a dubious plot, a hurried ending, and the villain was just..."off".I tried my luck one more time and you can read that reaction above, at the top of this review. To potential readers of this series, don't let my journey dissuade you from reading some really great mystery/thriller novels. This is a great series up to the point mentioned; but a series that has, unfortunately, now fizzled.

  • Cheryl Whitty
    2019-02-16 08:59

    It's always a pleasure to read a new Jeffrey Deaver. The only problem is you have to finish, and then you enter a period of mourning. This is a classic Lincoln Rhyme thriller, it keeps you guessing to the end.

  • Gail Strickland
    2019-02-14 12:06

    Despite all the five star reviews of others, this one, to me, wasn't one of Deaver's best efforts. Maybe The October List left a bad taste, but the characters here seem one dimensional and the set-ups forced. To much was made of a connection to The Bone Collector that had nothing much to do with the main story line and seemed simply a way to set up a future book. Deaver can almost always come up with a nasty bad guy and doesn't disappoint there, but Lincoln and Amelia are beginning to get on my last nerve.

  • Andrew Smith
    2019-01-29 11:03

    A follow-up to the first Lincoln Rhyme story (The Bone Collector), in time honoured style it follows the tetchy forensic criminologist and his team as they chase down another bizarre murderer - this time one who tattoos his victims with poison. Some humour, lots of twists and regular recaps of the evidence captured so far. Yes, the format might be getting a bit tired but I do tend to take the view that if it ain't broke don't fix it. And ok, there are some unlikely deductions made by Rhyme and maybe too many twists for some - though if you're a regular follower of this series that'll be no surprise - and just when you think it's over you realise there's another 100 pages left...I've probably been a little generous in the marking but I feel that's warranted when it comes to Deaver. He's an inventive and entertaining crime fiction writer - one of the best, in my view.

  • Monnie
    2019-01-31 12:10

    Ah, the joy! Ah, the discovery of a book that's enjoyable at the beginning, the middle, and the end! And ah, the thrill of the chase!Yes, folks, Jeffery Deaver has done it again: Created an interesting (exciting, even!) book - the latest in his series featuring quadriplegic criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his friends, including the beautiful and talented Amelia Sachs. This one is even more special, it seems, because it involves a new killer who's apparently being inspired by the case that introduced Rhyme - The Bone Collector. This time, though, it's skin - not bones - that's the attraction for what is presumed to be a serial killer. His method of killing is bizarre; he tattoos his victims with mysterious "messages" - using ink that's laced with some kind of deadly poison. Message to me: Definitely not a fun way to go!As the case evolves, it becomes clear there's more to the story than death by design - and that, in turn, creates some serious situations for Rhyme, Sachs, their police cohorts and even the citizens of New York City. Can the team determine the real motive - and find the killer - before thousands are killed? And what are the ties, if any, to a former (deceased) nemesis?If I had a complaint, it's that Rhyme's methodology and deductions (which he swears are based on evidence, not intuitions) are a bit too right on the money to be believable; the leap from Point A to Point B tends to be a chasm no human - even one as talented as Rhyme - possibly could jump.But hey, it's all in good fun - and the result is another great novel from one of my favorite authors.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-19 16:05

    A serial killer is plaguing New York City. He creeps through the disused underground infrastructure of Manhattan which (unknown to most people) connects with the basements of various retail shops, restaurants, hospitals, office buildings, etc. Once the murderer snags a victim he tattoos him/her with poison ink, resulting in an excruciatingly painful death. The tattoos contain numbers and seem to be conveying a message, but the meaning is inscrutable. On the killer's trail is famous quadriplegic crime scene investigator (CSI) Lincoln Rhyme and his team. Rhyme's assistant, NYPD detective Amelia Sachs, trawls through crime scenes collecting evidence, which is analyzed in Rhyme's state of the art forensic laboratory. Rhyme believes this new serial killer has been inspired by a deceased serial killer, called 'The Bone Collector'. Meanwhile, another murderer Rhyme helped apprehend, called 'The Watchmaker', has recently died in prison. Hoping to uncover 'The Watchmaker's' associates, Rhyme sends rookie cop Ron Pulaski, undercover, to see who picks up the cremation remains. At the funeral parlor the inexperienced rookie bumbles around a bit, but manages to meet a person of interest.Wanting to learn as much as possible about tattooing Rhyme interviews an expert and gets a quick education in 'body modification', which helps the CSI profile the killer. This and other clues allow Rhyme's team to track the perp and to foil some attacks, but the killer always manages to get away. The murderer - who seems to be preternaturally clever and capable - is infuriated by this inteference and targets Rhyme and his crew. While this is going on Amelia has an additional worry. Nineteen-year-old Pamela, a girl with a horrible childhood that Amelia took under her wing, wants to quit college and travel the world with her boyfriend Sean. Arguments over this drive a wedge between the women and distract Amelia.The story is told in alternating sections, from the point of view of the killer and the point of view of Rhyme and his associates. The reader learns that the killer, named Billy Haven, is following instructions in a detailed manifesto and that his ultimate objective is bigger than than just killing people with poison tattoos. The story is skillfully told, with twists I didn't anticipate. On the down side, the complexity of the scheme that drives the plot REALLY REALLY strains credulity. I have a couple more quibbles with the Lincoln Rhyme series as a whole. First, in every book the serial killer goes after the CSI and his associates, which seems unlikely to happen in real life. (Just as an aside, this also bothers me about Patricia Cornwell's 'Dr. Kay Scarpetta' series, where the serial killer always targets the medical examiner and her family/friends.) Second, the Rhyme books have an 'incestuous' feel since we hear about the same serial killers time after time. Though this story is about Billy Haven (the tattooer), we also read a lot about 'The Bone Collector' and the 'The Watchmaker'. I kind of wish Jeffrey Deaver would let these guys rest in peace .Reservations aside, the book is an exciting page turner with a wide array of interesting characters. Reading previous books in the series would be preferable, but the book works okay as a standalone. Recommended for mystery fans, especially people who enjoy the Lincoln Rhyme series.You can follow my reviews at

  • Bonnie
    2019-01-25 15:03

    My rating: 2.5 of 5 starsA woman is discovered dead in an underground passage after being tattooed by poison with only a partial message “The Second”. Is this the second victim or is it only a partial message meaning that more deaths are in the works? The killer, known as Billy Haven, is seemingly killing at random and is constantly two steps ahead of the brilliant NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme. It’s discovered that the killer has not only been researching Rhyme and Saches and their past cases together but one case, in particular, receives the most attention; the one where it all began: The Bone Collector. The two killers modus operandi seem entirely different and the detective is left grasping at straws in an attempt to collect clues for one of his most difficult cases to date.I do so hate to criticize a lifelong favorite of mine but we all have our off days, right? I’ve been reading the tales of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs for well over a decade but this mystery was completely lacking in more ways than one. I found the killer tattooing people with poison to be definitely crazy and creepy and it kept me guessing for sure but there was a second storyline that was actually ongoing from a previous installment in the series where the man that Rhyme caught had just recently died in prison. It was completely unnecessary and forced setups that we all could have done without. The tattoo killer mystery keeps you completely in the dark for the majority of the story only to give you an ‘ending’, but oh wait! Just kidding. Forgot that pesky second storyline… okay, let’s just combine the two stories even though neither seems to have a single bit to do with one another. And then we’ll have the requisite bad guy at the end tell all to make it all seem super legit. I had a similar reaction to another longtime favorite of mine I read last year and it makes me wonder if I’ve simply read too many of these authors works and at this point I’ve become bored with their tried and true formulas or if they’ve just lost their spunk.Are there more installments to come? No doubt after that ending. Will I be picking it up? I’m a sucker for continuing a series after this damn long. I’d love to see Deaver get back to his roots where the bad guys were sick and twisted and the mysteries weren’t so bizarre and outlandish that they ended up falling apart at the end. The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair, and The Stone Monkey are the best of this series and I’d love to see more installments along those lines.

  • Carole Morden
    2019-02-13 11:14

    I like Lincoln Rhyme novels and enjoyed some of this book. I think Mr. Deaver is a bit tired of writing though as this seemed like eating the 11th cinnamon roll out of a dozen. The first couple are delicious. The next few are good, but by the end of the batch, they are getting stale. Normally he surprises me with twists and turns, this time everything was cliche. There were no surprises, no classic Deaver twists. Or if they were classic, I've read too many and they are all the same.

  • Sheila O'Flanagan
    2019-02-13 12:01

    I like Jeffrey Deaver's books but this one had no real tension and the plot just seemed to meander along. I never felt that either Rhyme or Sachs were in real danger and the subplot about the Watchmaker didn't make a whole lot of sense to me either. Lots of great books by him but this wouldn't have been a favourite.

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-02-09 14:05

    Jeffery Deaver's last book featuring Lincoln Rhyme, Kill Room, left me slightly underwhelmed. There was a lot of political comment in the book that I found myself glossing over. Deaver also took quadriplegic Rhyme away from his New York City townhouse to a crime scene in the Bahamas, but it just didn't work for me. It seemed forced and almost gimmicky. It was an okay read, but not a standout in the series for me. However, Deaver's latest book, The Skin Collector (#11) takes us back to what Lincoln Rhyme does best - and the type of story I like best - solving cases based on the evidence and minutiae gathered at a crime scene by his team. And Lincoln's superlative powers of deduction. The Skin Collector opens with a wonderfully creepy scene that introduces us to the perpetrator, Billy. It's one of those chilling prologues that promises a great read. And it delivered. Billy is a tattoo artist who delights in finding pristine skin for inking his cryptic messages. And his choice of ink is deadly. Billy Haven is clever - he's studied Rhyme's methods and leaves little if anything behind at his scenes. Yes, plural - Billy has a plan and it looks like he's taking inspiration from Lincoln's first case - The Bone Collector. Deaver employs the history of New York and it's tunnel and underground passages to great effect in The Skin Collector. I ended up checking out many of his references online - it's pretty fascinating history. I thought I had predicted where the plot was going to go about three quarters of the way through the book. But I was pleasantly proven wrong! Deaver inserts a twist, then a turn, then another twist - and I think there may have been another turn. There was one plot element that I found tawdry and icky and somewhat unnecessary involving Billy's aunt. But on the whole, it was an inventive storyline. Part of it is taken from current new stories, making it plausible and relative. The ending finished on a nice little aha, leaving the door open for further entries in a parallel story line. (Yes, I'm being deliberately obtuse) Familiar characters return - I'm growing quite fond of Ron Pulaski - and some interesting supporting players were introduced. I hope we see more of tattoo artist TT Gordon. 'Foster' daughter Pam can move away though. I find her attitude tiresome. Amelia is still razor sharp, but seems to have mellowed since solidifying her relationship with Linc. The Skin Collector was a return to the Lincoln Rhyme I enjoy. It's a good crime read, one to tuck in the beach bag this summer.

  • Gail Cooke
    2019-02-14 08:48

    Jeffrey Deaver fans are rejoicing as the acclaimed author has brought us a sequel to his best known and voraciously read thriller The Bone Collector. In that novel we were introduced to Lincoln Rhyme, our country’s best known forensic detective. He’s clever, intuitive, and persistent when it comes to solving the most puzzling of crimes. Rhyme’s mettle is tested in The Skin Collector. There’s a killer on the loose in NYC, well, not literally on the loose because he prowls the underground passages in Soho, just south of Greenwich Village. These tunnels crisscross the neighborhood - at one time used for transporting goods they’re abandoned now and perfect for the use of a mad killer, Billy Haven. Billy doesn’t violate his victims, flesh is of no interest to him; “ was skin that Billy loved.” To test it he would pinch a girl’s skin between his thumb and forefinger, admiring the small peak of skin that is raised and then allowed to flatten back. The sight of this would make him smile. But, of course, this was before he tattooed his victim’s flesh with mysterious messages using a tattoo gun filled with poison. Death came slowly and painfully. Eventually a connection is made between Billy and the Bone Collector, the infamous serial killer of a decade ago. Thus, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are drawn into the case. What follows is one shocker following another as Rhyme and the NYPD work against time to try to figure out where the killer will find his next victim and what in the world the seemingly indecipherable tattoos mean. Readers won’t doubt that they’re in the hands of a multi award winning thriller writer, a master of the genre after just a few pages of The Skin Collector. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-05 14:52

    THE SKIN COLLECTORThe killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case. Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims' tattoos? Does the killer's own inking--a fanged centipede sporting a woman's face--hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission? As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginablemy rating: 5 starsGoodreads challenge:2016 Choose Your Own ChallengeA book a family member got youwhat did I think of it:surprised me that the main character was and is a quadriplegic, there's nothing wrong with at ,it's just I've never read a book with the main character like that before and I've never pick up any of this series until now, which is why it kind of surprised me, but I have to say that still like Lincoln's character, love how he never let's anything stop him from doing what he loves . loved how the story was writing and that it kept me pulled in to it, loved how you think one thing was happing and then something else comes along. will be picking up more of this series.

  • Bill
    2019-02-07 09:50

    I am surprised the book is receiving some fairly glowing reviews. I have read all of the Lincoln Rhyme books--most of which are quite original and entertaining--but this one provides not a single new wrinkle, characters or relationships that have grown in the series, and a plot so reminiscent of The Bone Collector that I became bored quite quickly. I'm trying to determine if the author has lost his mojo or I just find his formulaic writing not to my liking any more. I'm guessing here but I bet the next Lincoln Rhyme book will be titled The Teeth Collector or the Blood Collector. I'll hold off on reading Deaver's next few offering in the hopes that the author can return with an original plot and some creativity among the good and bad guys.

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2019-02-16 11:07

    NYC has a new butcher hunting for human prey. Unlike The Bone Collector, Billy Haven is only interested in Skin. He's not interested in flesh. Near SoHo, he takes his victims underground to tunnels and strokes and pinches their flesh before turning his lethal tattoo gun on.Rather than using ink, he uses deadly poisons. The messages are cryptic. Rhyme and Sachs don't have much trace evidence to lead them to the identity of the Skin Collector. He's studied the Bone Collector well. And Billy has studied Lincoln Rhyme and his team, too. Like The Bone Collector, Haven will strike the team if they interfere with The Modification.We readers know whom The Skin Collector is from the very first pages of the novel. Rhyme doesn't. And, I'm not really a fan of open mysteries - that reason is a star down grade for me. But I was blown away at his motive! Oh the twists! And there is another sub-plot going on about another of Rhyme's nemeses and the novel ends with a cryptic phone call cliff-hanger. I can't wait to read the next Lincoln Rhyme book!

  • Marianne
    2019-02-08 12:54

    The Skin Collector is the eleventh book in the Lincoln Rhyme series by American author, Jeffery Deaver. Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his NYPD associates, Amelia Sachs, Ron Pulaski and Mel Cooper are called in to investigate the case of a serial poisoner whose intentional clues left on victims’ bodies are baffling, to say the least. As well, news of the death of his latest nemesis, The Watchmaker, sees Lincoln sending Pulaski on a rather dubious undercover mission. Deaver gives the reader plenty of information about poisons, about tattooing and about New York’s underground tunnels. As always, there is an abundance of twists and red herrings. Rhyme’s own lab does seem to manage to get results rather instantly, and occasionally, the lack of communication between various sections of the services seems incredible. Nonetheless, there are a few exciting climaxes.While the crime scene investigation sections and the examination of trace evidence bits are, as always, interesting, even gripping, the bizarre perpetrators are starting to wear the believability fabric just a bit thin: a man who kills his victims by tattooing them, not with ink, but with exotic poisons (a different one for each victim): all this in New York’s underground tunnels. Really? A reader’s suspension of disbelief will surely only go so far….. Not Deaver’s best.

  • Joann
    2019-01-21 14:01

    The son of a bitch did it again. Deaver messes with your head in the most exquisite ways. His specialty is misdirection, followed by a plot twist that stuns and makes perfect sense both at the same time. And even when you know it's his gimmick, and you think you're all skeptical and are avoiding his traps, HE STILL GETS YOU!And this one is a double whammy with some especially satisfying plot twists. It's been promoted as "the long-awaited sequel to The Bone Collector, but I didn't find it a true sequel so much as inspired by that book...kind of like the killer in the story.Fantastic, fantastic read.

  • KA
    2019-01-23 08:02

    Not as good as some of his previous books, though I can't really pinpoint why. I kept waiting to be wowed by it, but I never was, even at the end. The how's and why's felt generic and somewhat forced. Not a bad read - even Deaver's worst are page-turners - but not my favorite of his.

  • Luke Scott
    2019-01-31 15:11

    As a longtime fan of Jeffrey Deaver, I find having to write this review quite troubling. Mr. Deaver has long been one of the best writers for detective stories with Lincoln Rhyme and Katherine Dance (to say nothing of his early works with the handwriting analyst and others), but over the past few years, Mr. Deaver has developed a recurring theme I find distasteful and beneath him. (spoiler alert) The Skin Collector, which features a serial killer using tattoos and other modifications to kill his victims, veers off topic about three-quarters in as the villain is revealed to be more than a serial killer--a hate-filled Midwestern Caucasian Christian. While there is no doubt a number of religious fanatics out there, Mr. Deaver has went to this well a number of times in recent books, and it's getting more than a little ridiculous. To foster the idea that Christians are the most likely people to attack New York City (and of course these are Christians from the flyover states) is sad. To do this in one book is understandable as there are some wackos hiding themselves within Christianity, but multiple books? Mr. Deaver, please cease with this blatant attack on people who love their country and their neighbors. We are not all crazy loons--in fact, the loons are the exception. To continue using Christians as villains is beneath your phenomenal writing talents.

  • Henry Hyman
    2019-01-23 11:10

    A good read but with one glaring insane statement.A good read but with one glaring insane statement.MOST TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE WHITE, CARD CARRYING CHRISTIAN CITIZENS? While there are many misguided groups out in the US, they are NOTHING compared to the Islamists we face. The deaths caused by these disturbed parties PALES in comparison with the 3000+ slaughtered on 9/11, and the unknown number still to come. I will NEVER read another Deaver book. Left wing propaganda disguised in a good read.

  • Craig
    2019-02-02 16:10

    Interesting story that completely turns around towards the end and connects a previous villain, no not the guy mentioned on the book's back cover but someone more recent....also sets up what will presumably be the next book??

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-02-15 12:46

    - Δεν θα στα χωρίσω σε κατηγορίες, θετικά-αρνητικά κι αυτό για έναν και μόνο λόγο, που ουσιαστικά αποτελεί και το μεγάλο μειονέκτημα, αν μπορούμε να το χαρακτηρίσουμε έτσι, του βιβλίου. Είναι το 11ο βιβλίο μιας σειράς και αυτό έχει το εξής αποτέλεσμα. Να μην έχουμε μια πλήρη, σαφή και ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα των Lincoln και Amelia. Είμαι βέβαιη πως στα προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς, έχουν δοθεί στοιχεία που αφορούν τον χαρακτήρα κα8ι την προσωπικότητά τους, τα οποία εκ των πραγμάτων δεν θα γινόταν να επαναληφθούν. Εμένα, όμως, που δεν έχω διαβάσει τα προηγούμενα βιβλία και δεν τα ξέρω, μου έλειψαν. Μου δίνεται η αίσθηση της λειψής σκιαγράφησης χαρακτήρων ενώ είμαι σχεδόν σίγουρη πως κάτι τέτοιο δεν θα ίσχυε αν είχα διαβάσει όλα τα βιβλία της σειράς. Κατά τ΄ άλλα είναι συμπαθέστατοι και ειδικά η Amelia είναι εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα, ίσως και κάπως εκκεντρική και αυτό μου εξιτάρει την φαντασία και την περιέργεια γύρω από το άτομό της. - Κατά τ΄ άλλα το βιβλίο είναι εξαιρετικά καλογραμμένο, με τον συγγραφέα να “χτίζει” την πλοκή με σταθερά, όχι αργά αλλά ούτε και βεβιασμένα, βήματα, επιτρέποντας στο σασπένς και στην αγωνία να λειτουργήσουν κατασταλτικά και όπως ακριβώς θα έπρεπε σε ένα θρίλερ μυστηρίου. Κάνουμε δεκάδες σκέψεις, φτιάχνουμε δεκάδες σενάρια στο μυαλό μας, αλλά ένας μη έμπειρος αναγνώστης του είδους, δύσκολα θα φτάσει στη λύση του. Βέβαια, ισχύει ακριβώς το αντίθετο για τους πιο δυνατούς λύτες, αλλά αυτό δεν είναι απαραίτητα αρνητικό, αφού είμαι σίγουρη πως είναι συνηθισμένοι σε αυτό, όπως κι εγώ.- Αν και προσωπικά μου άρεσε, ως σύνολο, έχω την πεποίθηση πως δεν είναι από τα καλύτερα της σειράς κι αυτό γιατί, όταν έχουν περάσει τόσα χρόνια, όταν έχεις γράψει τόσα βιβλία με τους ίδιους χαρακτήρες και έχεις επενδύσει τόσα πολλά πάνω της, δεν μπορεί παρά να υπάρξει η φυσική φθορά που φέρνει ο χρόνος. Δεν μπορώ καν να διανοηθώ ότι μπορεί αυτό το βιβλίο, να είναι το καλύτερο. Όχι πως θα ήταν απίθανο, αλλά δεν το λες και πιθανό. Οπότε αναρωτιέμαι... γιατί να μην κοιτάξεις την σειρά από την αρχή της; Το να επενδύσεις σε ένα βιβλίο που με τον έναν ή τον άλλον τρόπο έχει παρελθόν, ένα παρελθόν που δεν σκοπεύεις να ασχοληθείς μαζί του, είναι μάλλον άτοπο.- Η ανάγνωση του κειμένου γίνεται γρήγορα, αβίαστα, ευχάριστα, ενώ έχει πολλές ανατροπές κι εκπλήξεις και τα συνεχόμενα αυτά twists δεν σε αφήνουν ούτε να ηρεμήσεις, ούτε όμως και να αφήσεις το βιβλίο από τα χέρια σου. Και ξαναλέω... δεν είναι κάτι το εξαιρετικά πρωτότυπο ή το ιδιαίτερο, ωστόσο, ο συγγραφέας έχει έναν μοναδικό, μυστήριο τρόπο να σε καθηλώνει και αυτό δεν μπορείς να μην το αναγνωρίσεις και να μην το εκτιμήσεις.

  • Orkney Dean
    2019-01-22 13:02

    To completely appreciate what this book involves you must not only have read The Bone Collector but every book in between as this incorperates a lot more than you realise unless you have read all of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Like every previous story this has a lot of twists and turns in the plot which will throw the reader from one direction of thinking to the next in the blink of an eye. As you progress through the pages you will think to yourself "Come on Lincoln, you must have realised this .... or that!" only to get further into the book and realise he saw more than you read. There is a lot of luck involved when Lincoln and Sachs get into trying to solve this crime of death by poison tattoo, and even the bad luck can turn into a clue.The one thing missing from this is the depth of the portrayal of the relationship between Rhyme and Sachs but we do get to realise how much we have come to love some of the secondary characters that have been with us from the beginning.Of course a Lincoln Rhyme novel would not be complete without his nemesis The Watchmaker, who despite his very brief mentions and his death will still have you on the edge of your seat right to the very end. Again we will look forward to more from this brilliant writer after finishing The Skin Collector.

  • Obsidian
    2019-01-30 10:56

    Not much to say about this one except that I didn't enjoy it. I saw every plot point coming way before the author showed it. I don't get what Deaver's obsession is with (view spoiler)[the Watchmaker, but the character has passed the point of fascination. His link to the overall plot in this one was so not believable. (hide spoiler)]. I really wish that Sach's relationship with Pam would just go on the wayside. The character (Pam) is not vital to this series, and the constant fights about Pam's relationships is getting old. We don't get to spend much time with any of our old favorites either which didn't thrill me."The Skin Collector" starts off with an unsub kidnapping a young woman and tattooing something on her body. When Sachs and Rhyme are pulled in, they find out that the unsub is using poison to cause his victims to die in terrible pain. There seems to be a potential connection to an old case of Rhyme and Sachs involving "The Bone Collector" which leads to ties to Sach's pseudo-daughter, Pam. The forensics aspect of the case were great and I did like reading about different poisons. It's pretty obvious Deaver did some research into tattoos as well and I loved reading about the different ways a person can be tattooed and what certain things mean. The characters in this one did not have a lot to do though. Sachs and Pam hit a wall due to Sachs mothering Pam and being unhappy that Pam is going to walk away from school to go traveling with her boyfriend Seth. After the last time Pam got obsessed with a guy I don't even know why Sachs continues to get involved. Due to Pam's upbringing it is pretty obvious that she needs a therapist or someone since she is so desperate to be loved. But Sachs also doesn't really know how to parent and should not be trying to parent Pam who is 19 at this point in the series. The book shifts back to Sachs doing her best to get past feeling rejected by Pam and dealing with her issue with small spaces in this one. I really wish that Deaver had continued to have the unsub leave the victims in small spaces to see how he would have Sachs react to that. But unfortunately he seemed to forget about that as the book went on. Also one of the things I liked about Sachs was her having to deal with having arthritis issues. Due to the plot in that one, Deaver has that not being an issue for her anymore which I wish he had left in. I liked the fact that Sachs had a real ailment that made it hard for her to do police work. It seems like most books Deaver has some character undergo an operation and voila, they are fixed. Rhyme was even more of a tool in this one than he has been in a lot of books. I think I am just over him speaking to other characters the way he does and no one blows up at him. Pulaski (former rookie) needs some growth ASAP. It feels like this character has not changed much from his first book appearance. He is still unsure and nervous everytime he does anything it appears. Per usual, Deaver gives us POV from the murderer. I found myself bored with the unsub though. I think the issue for me was that I guessed who this person was and was right which is always a disappointment. The flow was up and down on this one and I found myself irritated with the writing since as I said above, I could guess what was going to happen every five seconds. I also loathe authors having revelations brought forth that the readers are not privy to. It's just a lazy way to write yourself out of a corner due to you not setting things up properly. The chapters in this one were pretty short and at times I started having flashbacks to reading a Dan Brown book (never good). I felt like everything was being staged as a movie and it drove me up the wall.Taking place in New York again, but I think the series needs to change locations or something. There does not seem to be a wealth of knowledge that used to sprinkle these books about old New York and current locations.The ending was a joke and a half. I just rolled my eyes a bunch of times.

  • Shirley Schwartz
    2019-02-13 11:15

    If you've read any Lincoln Rhyme books you will know that these books are always full of surprises. And you will know that the denouement is never until the very last page of the book. This book is no different. In this book Lincoln is after a new killer. And this killer leads Rhymes' team on a chase right into the bowels of the world of tattoo artists, body art and extreme body modification. There are numerous red herrings and false leads as Lincoln tries to see his way into the mind of this particularly brutal killer. But as always he follows the evidence, disregards the false leads and hones in on the real evidence - the evidence that will lead him to his killer. And what started out as an apparent new serial killer with a very creative way of killing his victims turns into a city wide terrorist plot that Rhyme just about misses. Just about, but certainly he's too cunning to miss what is actually behind the series of bizarre killings which are happening in underground tunnels and remote sub-basements in New York City. No one can maintain suspense like Jeffery Deaver and he uses his considerable writing skills to keep up the suspense and terror right up until the very end. My only complaint is the the way that he has ended this book. It certainly does leave things up in the air which is contrary to the standard thriller format where loose ends are tied and all questions are answered.

  • fleurette
    2019-01-23 13:57

    I am a big fan of Jeffery Deaver, I have read almost all his books. I especially like his Lincoln Rhyme series and Katherine Dance one. Every book by Deaver is a great entertainment. The Skin Collector was not an exception.I really enjoyed the plot. Like all Deaver stories it was well developed and complicated. Even if I discover that I was right about the killer from the beginning, it was a great fun to come to this knowledge. But there was a tiny bit particle of a second when I was a little bit disappointed with what occurred and how the story goes, I felt it was a bit similar to some other Deaver books. But than, there was an end and some really interesting phone call... And I can't wait for the next book in the series.I am giving this book 4.5 star. Less then 5 for this moment of disappointment and more than 4 for making me wait for the next book.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-22 15:53

    My rating is a toss-up between a 3 and a 4. I really liked the book, but then, I always really like the Lincoln Rhyme novels (and no matter how he's described in the book, in my head he'll always be Denzel Washington). So, since this is on par with the other books in the series, I'm defaulting to a 3. Without revealing much, I will say that I was a bit jarred by the multiple endings. I guess they were pseudo-endings. But that's what makes these books brilliant. Just when you think "ok this is the end and, while I've not seen it coming, it's not really unpredictable" you turn the page and there's another chapter. And by the actual ending, you are left waiting for the next Lincoln Rhyme novel to be released. It's almost as if the last page should read "To be continued . . ."

  • James Glass
    2019-01-28 11:45

    Although not the best work by Deaver I've read, I thought the story was well written. The plot was original, and the characters were riveting. In this thriller, Lincoln Rhyme is chasing a killer who is leaving notes inked onto victims chest. Each new victim is another piece of the puzzle. At first, Lincoln has a theory the skin collector may be linked to the none collector. As the story unfolds and the victims pile up, he realizes this isn't the case. This killer is more meticulous then then bone collector. Some of the crimes I thought were a bit of a reach, but still kept my attention. I would recommend this book to other readers.

  • Andi
    2019-02-07 09:45

    I'm a bit disappointed with the way this book ended. I won't spoil the book, but the ultimate twist was one I don't care for in books, TV shows, or movies. The rest of the book, however, was every bit as good as the rest of the series, which is to say it was excellent.

  • Chris
    2019-02-20 13:08

    Reviewed First at Brunner's BookshelfThings in my life have been crazy the last few months.I had this book on pre-order as soon as it was available. I anxiously wait for it to arrive on release day so I could start it. I did and then never had time to read anything but audio books. Deaver is one of those authors I have to read every word of, I don't want to miss a thing and sometimes with an audio book I miss little bits. The whole time that this sat on my shelf partially read was driving me nuts. I loved this book from the very beginning and it bothered me I couldn't pick this up again. Well this weekend my kids were great and let me read. I couldn't stop turning pages. I flew through the end of this book. Alright, enough about me and on to the book. I loved this book and couldn't get enough. I have read quite a few bad reviews about this book and I disagree. I thought there was a lot of tension and suspense in this book. Deaver has yet again created memorable characters and twist and turns that kept surprising me till the end. The book begins with one of the most interesting and original serial killers I have ever read. Our killer is drugging his victims so they are knocked out and then he Tattoos them using poison instead of ink. They die horribly painful deaths from the toxin in their bodies and the tattoos are messages to a much bigger picture. I loved this, I never would have thought to write a character who kills by poison tattoos. The link to the Bone Collector is small but it allows for Deaver to bring in the character Pam who has become sort of a surrogate child to Rhyme and Sacks. I really like her character and it was nice to see more in this book. We also have a small Watchmaker story line at the very beginning. Even I was wondering what place this was going to have in the story but the ending tied that in very nicely. Deaver has made some changes to the way he wrote this book and I guess that changes have caused some to not enjoy this as much. One of the big changes is the fact that it seems like we spend more time with our villain than he did with Rhyme and Sacks. I liked that, the killer was an interesting character and he was written very well. I also read a few reviews that said this was very political. I don't think it was political at all. He isn't like Stephen King who likes to slam home his political views when he can. There wasn't any nudging one way or the other with political views. I'm not sure what other reviewers were seeing that I didn't but we are all entitled to our opinions so I will not put anyone down for what someone thinks. I honestly could go on like for what would seem like forever about how much I loved this book. This wasn't as amazing as The October List or the Bone Collector, but there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. This is easily a 5 out of 5 star read for me. The very end does open things up for possibly the next book in the Rhyme series and I can't wait to see what happens.

  • Darlene
    2019-01-27 14:53

    I listened to the audio version of this book and it was narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. 'The Skin Collector' is the eleventh installment in Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series.In this story, a serial killer is stalking his prey on the streets of New York City and once again, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner/love interest, Amelia Sachs have been brought in by the NYPD to consult on the case. The killer has been dubbed 'the Skin Collector' due to the fact that he murders his victims by creating tattoos on their skin... not with ink, but rather with deadly and sometimes exotic poisons. Mr. Deaver does not disappoint... the suspense builds throughout the story with the discovery of more victims. As the reader is also given access to the killer's thoughts and plans, the suspense keeps you listening and on the edge of your seat, wondering if Rhyme and Company will solve the case before another tragedy strikes.'The Skin Collector' is a typical Lincoln Rhyme thriller. Rhyme is still impatient and often ill-tempered but always manages to dazzle with his remarkable powers of deduction and his knowledge of forensic science.In this story, Mr. Deaver also provides some background information about the history and cultural context of tattooing as art and a form of self-expression. Possessing 'ink' of my own, I found these tidbits of information particularly intriguing.I am a fan of Mr. Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series and this latest installment was as thrilling as the first.My only compliant (and it's a small one) is that Mr. Deaver inserted a character from a previous novel ('The Watchmaker'), into this story and I ultimately found it a distraction which added little to this story. I suppose he could have been setting up his plot for the next installment but I think the story was better without this character. All in all, if you are a fan of Lincoln Rhyme, I don't think you will be disappointed. And Edoardo Ballerini does a fantastic job in his narration.