The Tunnels by Michelle Gagnon 304 pages Published June 1, 2007 Fiction, mystery/suspense/thriller
I’ve been wanting to read The Tunnels by Michelle Gagnon ever since I read both The Gatekeeper and Boneyard. The impetus came when Jen from Jen’s Book Thoughts conceived of Detectives Around the World and asked if I would participate. The first detective that came to mind was Gagnon’s FBI Special Agent Kelly Jones, and I quickly told Jen that I claimed Kelly Jones as my detective.
You know how sometimes you read an author’s second or third or fourth book, then go back and try to read one of their earlier books only to find that the first or earlier books aren’t as top notch? This totally wasn’t the case here! I loved The Gatekeeper and Boneyard so much that her first book had a lot to live up to as far as I was concerned, but live up it did!
Gagnon writes fantastic crime fiction. A pet peeve of mine is when the author gives you the name of the killer about half way through. When I’m reading crime fiction, I DON’T WANT TO BE TOLD WHODUNNIT. I want to guess, I want to bite my fingernails, I want to be unsure of who it could be. As soon as I have a name, I have no doubt when the detective has found their man. It takes away a lot of suspense when I know the killer’s name! Obvs, Gagnon didn’t give me the killer’s name until the end.
Since The Tunnels is Gagnon’s first novel, we meet FBI Special Agent Kelly Jones for the first time (who is in both Boneyard and The Gatekeeper) at a New England college investigating two murders that seem ritualistic. It becomes apparent that the killer is going to kill more girls, so Jones and her partner Morrow must do the impossible and find the killer before he kills more girls. Even better, there’s dark, ancient pagan rituals that make the killer that much crazier!
When I first bought this book, I was a little disappointed at the page count. The Tunnels, coming in at 304 pages, isn’t particularly long or short, it’s just that I love Gagnon’s stories so much, I was worried I’d feel the plot was rushed, but I didn’t feel that way at all. In fact, I thought it was perfect. One thing that annoyed me about another crime fiction I read recently was the lack of suspects. I mean, don’t detectives have to go through a fair amount of suspects? I want alibis and shifty people! And I got alibis and shifty people in The Tunnels!
So if you don’t understand what I’m trying to say, let me say it simpler: I LOVED THE TUNNELS.
Please make sure and check out all the fun Detectives Around the World posts happening this week!
Rating: 90 out of 100
Michelle also blogs at The Kill Zone on Thursday.
Book source: I bought this book myself.