Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he huntsbefore he becomes its prey?...
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The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) Reviews
This book is one of the best reasons why I shouldn't rely on others to tell me what needs to be read because "you will not be able to put it down. It is that good".
Well, I hate to disappoint but I did put this book down, a lot. So much so that I at times read five pages and got up to do something else, not going back to the book for days.
In its core, I don't think the book was that bad. However, there a lot of plot holes in this book that I couldn't get over. From one of the characters (not me ...more
This is what storytelling is all about. I was entertained, puzzled, educated, surprised, and satisfied. Reading is a pleasure when you are sure it is time well spent. Do yourself a favor and spend some time here. I am getting another one of Andrew Mayne's works immediately.
The geekiness of the main character appealed to me. Normally I do not like books written in the first person but this time I think it actually works for the story. The many short chapters sort of chopped up my reading flow though. I do think I will seek out some of this author's other books because overall I was pretty impressed with the handling of the characters and storyline.
Wow!!! I haven't had that much fun reading a book in a long, long time! Don't get me wrong this serial killer thriller....thrills. It has it's seriously creepy, tense and edge of your seat moments but it was also extremely fun to read (yeah, I'm a little wacked), perfectly paced and balanced.
This book follows Theo, the quintessential, socially awkward, and common sense lacking scientist, as he gets caught up in the hunt for the serial killer responsible for the death of his former student. And ...more
An unexpected pleasure. I don't know why I approached it with such suspicion -- maybe I no longer trust the Amazon or Goodreads algorithms. I don't know. But I wanted something different from my immediately preceding read so I thought "I'll give it a try". Very glad I did.
Theo is a "computational biology" professor in the field when he's arrested in suspicion of a nearby murder. Turns out it's one of his former students and he had no idea she was in the area. He's eventually set free and the pol ...more
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Note: I originally posted that I was giving this book 3.5 stars. Upon further consideration, I've given it 3.75.
There are so many things I loved about The Naturalist! First, there's our main man, Professor Theo Cray. He's a computational biologist. So basically he's a little nerdy, very smart, and, because he's now been drawn in to a murder investigation, a bit of a rogue Magnum, P.I. I'm not one for bookish crushes but if I were, he'd ...more
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This book is addictive and fast-paced and a little bit creepy, with its success certainly lying in its intriguing and compelling mystery. Theo Cray, a university lecturer, goes to a litany of crazy lengths to solve the mystery at the book’s centre and find out what (or who) killed his former-student. Along the way, he discovers more and more victims to the thing lurking in the forrest and no matter how loudly he trie ...more
As a lifelong biology writer and amateur naturalist, the protagonist in this novel rings extremely hollow. The author claims to love science -- and I've no doubt he does -- but he should have spent more time in the research and editing phase making sure his protagonist sounded like an actual scientist and not just a weird Big Bang Theory-esque parody of one.The core conceit isn't a bad one, but it comes across as hackneyed in execution.