This is the first book I have read from Marcia Clark. The Competition is a unique title for the book, but it was based on a competition about who could be the most outrageous criminal. The book brings you in right from the beginning. There were no breaks, no time to get bored. The book moves at a fast pace with many twists and turns.
The book is based on boys who want to copycat Columbine and other shooting disasters. Marcia Clark takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of L.A. County's Special Trials Prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller.
As they appear to close in, there seems to always be a twist. By the end of the book, you could sense another twist coming. Some of what I expected did not occur and some did.
A reminder that this is the same Marcia Clark, who was the former prosecutor who led the team in the O.J Simpson trial. I wondered about how many prosecutors travel with the detective, but that didn’t take away from the book. It was very engaging.
There were unexpected twists and developments and what I appreciated was the opportunity to look into the workings of a case like this, and the minds of those who seek to commit the crimes. The use of two psychologists who discussed the criminals and what to expect from them was also interesting.
The end of the book brought us back towards the beginning with comments about another case which remains open and will lead you to book number 5, next summer.
I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley for an honest review.