“Are we on the same page?”
I’m having trouble coming up with words to describe how perfect I think this novel is.For my money, Paul Cleave is utter perfection. His latest novel, Five Minutes Alone, is yet another five star read in a long line of four and five star reads.
I so appreciate the level of detail that Cleave takes his novels, and yet they seem to fly by so quickly. I’m not buried in minutiae, I’m engrossed in the story. I’ve been waiting for the return of Tate for a couple of books now, so it was nice to see a familiar face, so to speak. I’ve also been wondering what was up with Bridget, who’s just awakened from a vegetative state, and I had forgotten that (spoiler) Schroder was shot in Joe Victim.
The return of the love/hate relationship between Schroder and Tate is the thread that ties this novel together. Tate has returned to the police force following a short stint in a coma himself; Schroder, due to the bullet in his brain that can’t be removed, that will probably kill him, can’t work. When rapists and murderers start coming up dead, Tate knows immediately who’s responsible… but he’s never going to give him up. He can’t. This person knows too much about him and could destroy him, and he’s just getting back on his feet. And oh, by the way, Bridget has some news.
Tate’s job, throughout this novel, is to solve the case… without solving the case. Which is difficult when his partner Rebecca is whipsmart. Tate needs to stay a step ahead of everyone, including the Killer, who’s been granting victims of crime what they’ve always wanted: “Give me five minutes alone with him.”
I’d like to thank Simon & Shuster/Atria Publishing for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this fantastic novel. If you enjoy fast paced, gritty thrillers and you’ve never read Paul Cleave before, beg/borrow/buy everything he’s ever written. Start at the beginning. You won’t regret it!