The Schwarzschild Radius (book review & giveaway)
About the book:
Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.
I can't help but start my review by saying that I think the title will turn some readers away. The explanation of the Schwarzschild Radius is given during the book (not near the beginning), and I understand how it does fit as a title. It just seems very academic or technical as a title for this story. I do like how the cover presents the title though.
This book went deep into a dark world... one I hope I (and my daughters) never have any direct contact with. Mainly following Rachel through the story... it was sickening how many disturbed and perverted people she came in contact with. Given, she went in search of them to try to find her sister, but still, she met other girls that just fell into that world with poor choices and while trying to escape worse situations.
The mystery was very well done. The author offered so many options on who the "bad guy" could have been that I really had no idea who it was until the end. It was kind of disturbing that although there was one specific "bad guy" in the end... there were really too many disturbed and disgusting individuals. Each and every one of them was guilty of some type of sex crime against children. It's frightening to think of these people actually existing... and it's sad that they do.
About the author:
Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel. His thriller, In the Talons of the Condor, won the following awards:
WUACADEMIA--Prix d'Or Best Novel The Verb First Chapter Contest--First Prize Mount Arrowsmith Best Novel 4th place The Writing Show--Second Prize best first chapter of a novel. Second Prize--16th Annual International Latino Book Awards