By Luke Christodoulou
** - Great story but desperately needs an editor
The Olympus Killer: A Greek Island Mysteries Thriller by Luke Christodoulou is a psychological thriller that has a creative and intriguing storyline and keeps you guessing. You are immediately caught up in the story from the very beginning, despite the extremely vast number of editorial errors. In regards to the story, I would recommend it if you are a patient reader who doesn’t become frustrated over having to reread or decipher what I can only call a lack of editing.
The Greek Islands have themselves a serial killer in this thriller. Known to the public as the Olympus Killer, bodies are being found brutally murdered in a manner that mimics the characteristics and stories of the Greek gods. Costa Papacosta and his partner, Ioli Cara find themselves trying to figure out if the victims are connected and who is disturbing the tourism season on the Greek Islands.
As a reader you are kept on your toes as the detectives hop from island to island, crime scene to crime scene trying to catch up to their sadistic killer who isn’t leaving a single clue in his murderous wake.
The storyline brings the reader to the idyllic Greek Islands in such great detail that sometimes you feel as though you’re there with the sun on your back or sand between your toes. You can almost taste the food. The imagery is stunning.
The details of Greek mythology and the introduction to the gods is quite interesting and informative. The ability of Mr. Christoldoulou to incorporate the precious history and beliefs of his Greek Islands makes for an interesting read.
Costa Papacosta is the lead detective, an American born Greek who flees to Athens after the tragic death of his daughter and the loss of his wife walking out on him-a darkness he feels has taken over his life. He is paired with Ioli Cara, a native to the Greek Islands and close to her family but closer to solving cases. Both characters serve their roles well.
I must say that if not for the serious lack of editing I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book, probably giving it a 3-star review. It definitely has the potential. The writing is in such desperate need of editing that it distracts you from reading, having to stop and read over line after line, page after page.
I must warn readers that are faint of heart that there may be some scenes in The Olympus Killer you may find disturbing. The murders are of a sadistic nature. There is child abuse and rape of a child as well.
If you are one who can read through the editing mistakes and like a good psychological thriller I would say this book is for you. However, if editing or any of the aforementioned subject matters trouble you then I might leave this one alone.