The Empty Space

A Kate Pomeroy Mystery

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
372 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Empty Space is a work of fiction in the murder-mystery, suspense, and dramatic fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Linda Watkins. Written as part of the Kate Pomeroy mystery series, we find ourselves deep in a new intrigue as the titular character has her world turned upside down by a sniper's bullets. Delivered in the same intense gothic atmosphere as its predecessors, this fourth novel sees Kate on the edge of her nerves with her nearest and dearest in the path of a killer. Setting out in pursuit is the only option, but dangerous obstacles in her path are only the beginning of this twisting and turning deadly mission.

Author Linda Watkins has created a masterpiece of suspense in this high stakes mystery novel, and one which will have your heart in your throat by the time you reach its final chapters. One of the things which really impressed me about this work was the quality of its psychological drama, which initially presents as your typical madman, but soon delves into a really well thought out and surprisingly macabre storyline. When you combine this with protagonist Kate’s intense passion to save her loved ones, and her immeasurable drive and inspiring strength, you have a highly engrossing cat and mouse plot with plenty to ruminate over as it thickens. The dialogue was a highlight too, with realistic and non-gimmicky lines that intensify the drama and keep the gothic feel. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Empty Space as an accomplished thriller mystery with lots to offer.

Susan Sewell

When a former KGB sociopath who will do anything to obtain the object of his desire fails in his attempt to abduct her, an international security agency is paid to assassinate him in the psychological thriller, The Empty Space (A Kate Pomeroy Mystery) by Linda Watkins. To escape imprisonment for false charges pressed by Vlad, the psycho who wants to possess Kate, she and Jeremy are living in Norway under assumed identities. While working as a fisherman, Jeremy is shot by an assassin and lies in the hospital in a coma. An old associate of Jeremy convinces Kate to change her perspective and, instead of being a victim, be the aggressor, and neutralize her stalker. Leaving Norway and traveling to France, Kate begins her training. Vlad has taken up residence nearby and is waiting for the team's arrival. Can Kate escape Vlad's ceaseless attempts to enslave her? Or will she once again fall under his spell?

Filled with intrigue and edge of the seat excitement, The Empty Space (A Kate Pomeroy Mystery) by Linda Watkins is an extraordinary psychological thriller. With a heart-stopping storyline and a twisted plot, it is a spellbinding story from beginning to end. Complex and compelling, the characters contrast each other brilliantly, providing depth and dimension to the plot. Each chapter presents a character's point of view, and although somewhat distracting, the varied perspectives heighten the turmoil and peril, moving the story forward. Taking the reader on a breathless journey, it is an exhilarating novel where suspense and danger climax to a spine-tingling finale. It is a gripping book that will enthrall those who enjoy thrillers charged with mystery, action, and insanity. Although it is the fourth book in the series, it does well as a stand-alone.

Romuald Dzemo

The Empty Space: A Kate Pomeroy Mystery by Linda Watkins is the fourth in a series. Kate is on duty at the hospital when she learns that her husband, Jason (AKA Jeremy Bradshaw), has been shot multiple times and is on the way to the Aleris Sølsiden hospital where she works. At the same time, images on the TV screen show the raid on a house by US and Turkish authorities, a house she knows well, and the place where she had been imprisoned by Vladimir Sokolov, her abductor. Now she needs justice for her husband and she will stop at nothing to get to the man who did this. But she doesn’t know the danger she is getting herself into. Follow her journey as she walks a treacherous path of revenge. Does she have what it takes to face the enemies on this route?

This is a great thriller with an explosive opening. It begins with Jeremy getting shot while on his fishing boat and from that moment on, the story becomes emotionally intense. Kate is a well-developed character; a woman who has to change her name and abandon her real credentials just to stay safe. Now, she has to face her nemesis. The writing is gorgeous and I loved the timely paragraph breaks, the drama, captured in well-crafted dialogues. The Empty Space by Linda Watkins is a fast-paced, psychologically engaging thriller that follows a character who won my sympathy from the very moment I met her in the story. It features great writing, compelling characters, and a story I’d want to see on screen.