After being confronted with the brilliant, disturbing killers in the previous Robert Hunter books, the one in I Am Death seems a little…quiet. I don’t really know how to put this but the criminals in the previous books have gradually raised the bar for Carter’s future killers and ‘Death’ in I Am Death…didn’t really reach or top them. In fact, he seems to be on a completely different level all together. I’m not saying that ‘Death’ isn’t disturbing or brilliant. It’s just that he tugs on more heart-strings and he’s more human than the other murderers encountered in the Robert Hunter world. Which is a good thing, of course.
As mentioned in previous reviews for The Executioner and The Crucifix Killer, the gorey details are on point—they’re always on point with Carter’s books—and the pacing is perfect. I was kept at the edge of my seat until the very end and I couldn’t even put it down because it’s just that good. Also, I will write this again: Yes, you can read any of the Robert Hunter books as a standalone. You can start with any book in the series, you can jump from book to book (I went from 3 to 6, then 2 and finally 7). Your reading journey will not be affected unless, maybe, you read from the entire series chronologically backwards. Though, I must admit that some details get rather repetitive after one has read most of the books.
That aside, I like that Robert seems a little less Gary-Stu now, and Garcia. Garcia, Garcia, Garcia, boy nearly had me fooled in the beginning of this book for a second there! Really, I can’t deny that he’s my favorite character out of everybody else in this series. He’s certainly the best developed character here.
More importantly, THE TWIST. Oh my friggin’ goodness, the twist is BRILLIANT. I was caught so off-guard and I had to go back a chapter or two just to make sure that my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. And, even once I was sure that I was reading things right, I just couldn’t believe what was happening. I had to place the book aside for some time after I was done just so I could process what I just read.
I have more to write on this book but in order to not repeat more of what I’ve already written about the Robert Hunter series (because really, I’ll sing the same praises for all of the books here), I’m afraid that my review of this book has to stop at this point. Though, just so you know, this series certainly gets better and better with each book. I think that I Am Death is perhaps the best out of all of them, and I highly recommend you to read any of the books in the series.