If you loved Stranger Things and/or tales of government gone horribly, horribly wrong, you will enjoy Red Hands.
An out-of-control BMW breaks up a Fourth of July parade in small town New Hampshire. The driver departs the crashed vehicle. Whoever he touches dies. All except Maeve who finally stops him with a baseball bat. But when Maeve is comforted by her mom and brother, they are killed by just her touch. Horrified, Maeve runs into the nearby forest. Meanwhile, a mysterious squad arrives to cart off the bodies. Who are they and what kind of horror is Maeve carrying inside her?
Pacing in thrillers is crucial to my enjoyment of them. Red Hands had a thrilling scene of everyone shooting each other and dying trying to catch Maeve. It was an exciting scene. But there was still more than 20% of the book left. The book then set off at a slow pace showing the same time period from two different characters’ perspective. By the time the conclusion played out, I still wished that the book had ended with the great action sequence instead. 3 stars for this reason.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.