This was quite a different read for me. It was very dark, following the actual creation of a serial killer. I really enjoyed the read, but I must forewarn that this is first a horror and suspense novel and not for the faint of heart. I enjoy reading books of all kinds. Just coming into the series, I didn't have a problem keeping up or following, though I must confess I really want to go back and read the first book. I was able to form an attachment to Lash, even though was an absolute lovable evil :), he retained characteristics that made him seem so human. This had a cast of great characters and a completely riveting storyline. I look forward to backtracking and reading more books from this author!