I read this book way back in the first quarter of the school year in 2010. I actually started reading it in July 2010, I believe, and with everything that was happening in August into September, this book unfortunately got pushed to the back burner a lot. Which is really saying nothing about this book - this book was fabulous. Unlike anything I have read in a long time. It was chilling and dark and strangely beautiful in an odd way. However, reviewing it so long after having read the book, I think it's safer to simply post the book review/report/connection paper I wrote on it for my English class. WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT OWN RISK.
After reading Think of a Number by John Verdon there are several lessons that I can take from the book. I didn't expect this book to teach me anything, but one lesson really hit home and the fact that it has been reinforced by a novel about an un-catchable serial killer surprised me, but also made me believe that this lesson is the most important to learn.
Throughout the past two months, I have been forced to look at my life and I have really realized what's important and what's just a trivial waste of time. Ever since my hero and cousin was killed in Afghanistan, my life has been put into perspective. Not only have I realized what really matters to me, but I've also realized how suddenly and how quickly life can be taken from you - without a second thought or reason, because sometimes there isn't a reason. Understanding this, you should never leave a conflict unresolved and you should make the most of every single day. If you're not living life, everyone's sacrifices both for freedom and from past hardships that made the present better, have been in vain. They didn't give up their times and lives, nor did they endure pain so we can all just sit here and waste our lives away. Reading Think of a Number by John Verdon has really reassured me that I need to know what's important in life and what's not. It's also made me realize that a lot of people don't do this and just how many around me haven't realized this.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. This is the first mystery I've read where I haven't figured out the answers before the characters do and I really life that. However, there's a LOT of stereotypical "Cop Language" in this book and I would read this based on your matturity level. I definitely wouldn't recomend this to some people I go to school with, but I definitely would recomend this book!!