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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Homegrown Killer by Ivan Bering is a crime story set in the future. A murderer is claiming that the State has made him into a serial killer. How? Brain probes and truth serums, two methods used by the State to interrogate criminals, and he claims they changed his personality. Dr. Max Armstrong won a Nobel Prize for his interrogation tools but his arrogance has seen him make many enemies – and they will stop at nothing to bring him down, even if it means helping a serial killer. Charlie Taylor tries to get to the bottom of it but he’s just a humble detective, not a scientist. A scientific team is about to publish their biased findings and Taylor needs to solve this before they do. A pedophile provides a clue, a 25-year-old clue, but Charlie has his work cut out. Can he get to the truth?
Homegrown Killer by Ivan Bering is a fascinating story and quite a scary one at that – who’s to say this couldn’t happen in the future if it isn’t already happening? This book was written very well, nicely paced with a great story line. It starts after the event and then goes back to when it all started, grabbing me from the first page and keeping me hooked all the way through. There is plenty of action and quite a few interesting twists and turns in it too. The suspense grows throughout the plot and leads to an ending you won't suspect in a million years. The characters are fantastic, likable and relatable, and their stories come out slowly throughout. Great book, I really enjoyed it and would love to read more from Ivan Bering.