Book Review- Alex Kava’s A Perfect Evil

390305A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava, 2000, Trade Paperback from Library, 461p.

A Perfect Evil is the first novel in the Maggie O’Dell series, and a very interesting serial killer story. I decided to start reading this series because I read Breaking Creed, a spin off from the Maggie O’Dell series, and loved Maggie O’Dell and Ryder Creed in that book. Although A Perfect Evil doesn’t feature Ryder (I believe he comes into the series later on) it does feature Nick Morrelli, who was interesting – a confident professor who becomes a not so confident sheriff, who invites Maggie to Platte City when he stumbles into a young boy’s mutilated body.

Usually, as soon as a book features a kidnapping, or follows a serial killer who targets children I put it straight down, because I find these to be VERY cliche in the genre. Because it is the big scary – having your children raped/murdered – so many authors use this trope to cover up poor writing and a lack of characterisation. The only reason I decided to read this book was because I know Kava is a decent writer and has amazing characters. And I was right, there was the creepy murderer’s POV which made me shiver, and the next chapter would be O’Dell and Morrelli trying to deny their undeniable chemistry – it was like mood whiplash – which is so effective in these sorts of novels.

I really liked the setting of Platte City – I’m finding so many of my favourite American books are set in small towns, and I dislike many set in large cities. Probably because I could never see myself living in a big American city – Adelaide is sometimes too large for me, and I just want to go back to the country. I’m wondering if Platte City will feature in the next O’Dell Novel, and if Nick Morrelli will be involved, I really do hope so. I have the next book waiting for me on my bookcase, and once I’m caught up with Andy McNab’s Tom Buckingham series I plan on whipping my way through the O’Dells.


  1. I do love Alex Kava’s books. She is such a good story teller. However, I keep wondering why her books get to press with the ongoing large number of grammatical errors they always have. It is really very distracting. Either she or the publisher needs to pay for a proofreader. Do they think readers are too ignorant to notice?

    1. Love Alex Kava’s great stories. But I wonder why they keep going to readers with so many really obvious grammatical errors. It is really quite distracting. Somewhere in the process someone needs to hire a proofreader/editor. Does anyone really think readers are too uneducated to see them?

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