Collecting Cooper (Theodore Tate #2) by Paul Cleave

Collecting Cooper

People are disappearing in Christchurch. Cooper Riley, a psychology professor, doesn’t make it to work one day. Emma Green, one of his students, doesn’t make it home. When ex-cop Theodore Tate is released from a four-month prison stint, he’s asked by Green’s father to help find Emma. After all, Tate was in jail for nearly killing her in a DUI accident the year before, so he owes him. Big time. What neither of them knows is that a former mental patient is holding people prisoner as part of his growing collection of serial killer souvenirs. Now he has acquired the ultimate collector’s item—an actual killer.

Meanwhile, clues keep pulling Tate back to Grover Hills, the mental institution that closed down three years ago. Very bad things happened there. Those who managed to survive would prefer keeping their memories buried. Tate has no choice but to unearth Grover Hills’ dark past if there is any chance of finding Emma Green and Cooper Riley alive.

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A little bit disappointed with the second novel in the Theodore Tate series just because I loved the first novel (Cemetery Lake) a lot more. It’s best to read the books in order, just because Tate talks a lot about what happens in the first novel.

I got very confused at the beginning of the novel, with all the jumping back and forth between characters. It also didn’t help that I confused Tate and Cooper, which lead to a lot of flipping back to the beginning and scratching my head! They are two totally different people!

I always enjoy reading novels about ex police officers or ex detectives and their methods of solving the crime without the police force behind them. Tate was a previous detective, which he took to his advantage, and I enjoyed the way he went around the law in some cases.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not as amazing as the first novel in the series, but I will be reading more!

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