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The Rules of Threes: A Novella by Jeffrey Deaver Book Review and Analysis

Blog and Video Description: In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing The Rules of Threes: A Novella by Jeffrey Deaver. This book is 260 pages long. This is not an exceptionally long read. The story will be about Constant Marlowe who is a DCI investigator for the state of Illinois. The name of Illinois comes from a name of a Native American tribe. The book will explain this. Constant Marlow is working in Clark Valley to find the BRK killer who has been terrorizing the town of Clark Valley. She works with Frank Tremain and with Zo Eventide who works for the Clark Valley Sheriff Department. Frank Tremain is the Sheriff and Zo Eventide is one of the deputies that works for the Sheriff. Zo Eventide is paired with Constant Marlow in finding the BRK killer before this individual strikes again. Zo Eventide and Constant Marlow work well together. Constant Marlow is a female police investigator who works for the state of Illinois. The BRK killer likes females that have dark hair, so the killer is raping and killing these females. This is a person who wants to live his sexual fantasy and wants to impose his sexual fantasy on his victims. There will be several possibilities of who the killer is. I will give you my rating at the end of this episode. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn. 






Hello everyone, welcome to the Matacritic. This is Matthew Hemenway. Before I start this episode, please subscribe to this channel, and hit that notification bell to be notified of any episodes at the bottom of this video or blog post. In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing The Rules of Threes: A Novella by Jeffrey Deaver. This book is 260 pages long. This is not an exceptionally long read. The story will be about Constant Marlowe who is a DCI investigator for the state of Illinois. The name of Illinois comes from a name of a Native American tribe. The book will explain this. Constant Marlow is working in Clark Valley to find the BRK killer who has been terrorizing the town of Clark Valley. She works with Frank Tremain and with Zo Eventide who works for the Clark Valley Sheriff Department. Frank Tremain is the Sheriff and Zo Eventide is one of the deputies that works for the Sheriff. Zo Eventide is paired with Constant Marlow in finding the BRK killer before this individual strikes again. Zo Eventide and Constant Marlow work well together. Constant Marlow is a female police investigator who works for the state of Illinois. The BRK killer likes females that have dark hair, so the killer is raping and killing these females. This is a person who wants to live his sexual fantasy and wants to impose his sexual fantasy on his victims. There will be several possibilities of who the killer is. I will give you my rating at the end of this episode. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn. 



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Before I continue this review, remember I will give you an analysis of the text and whatever rating I give you is my opinion. This does not mean that you must agree with me. I never agreed with any of the reviewers that I would have read or listened to. What I always admired is that they gave what they saw in the text he or she was reviewing, and that individual would have given his or her opinion. This is what I do. Whatever rating I give, you need to know it is my honest opinion. I will never lie to you. If you do not agree with me no matter what rating I give you, that is fine with me. This channel or blog is meant for reading, watching, and learning. I always hope that inspires you to think critically. You know that I go through texts carefully as you can tell that I have looked at them and give detailed analysis of what I see. I hope that helps you. Thank you for being followers of my channel or my blog.  

As was mentioned before the BRK killer is attacking females that have dark hair. This killer is targeting females that are in their 20’s. You would think this killer is an older man. The reason that is the case there is a man that goes by the name of Joseph Ray Whelan. Joseph Ray Whelan is stalking around looking to find someone. The reader will think he is after witnesses that may have seen him. It appears that he is a stalker. A stalker is someone who watches someone and they are obsessed with that individual.  

The book will throw twists and turns. What the reader thinks he or she knows, he or she does not know. It is great writing. It is great storytelling when the reader cannot figure out what is going on in the story. Jeffrey Deaver knows how to get the reader to guess what he is doing.  

Frank Tremain is the Sheriff in Clark Valley, but he is also the forensic scientist. He knows how to break down the evidence at the crime scene. He is good at CSI. He tells Constant Marlow that he had to learn how to do it since there is not enough in the budget for the town for the Sheriff department to hire a forensic scientist or a CSI.  

The people that saw the killer are the Hope family. The Hope families' names are Glen Hope, Liz Hope, Tamara Hope, and Erik Hope. It is assumed since they are the witnesses they must be innocent. That would make sense, but this book does well to make the reader think that. What you know is what you think you know you do not.  

Glen Hope is the father of the Hope family and is married to Liz Hope who is the mother of the Hope family. Tamara Hope is the only female child of the Hope Family and Erik Hope is the one of the male children of the Hope Family. There is another male child but is not in the picture. His name is Jason Hope. It is believed that he is dead, but is he? What is the status of Jason Hope. Is he dead or is he alive, please leave your answer in the comment section below. Thank you.  

There is a racist group that is called the Eagle Brotherhood, and it is believed they are killing these females. These are not good people, but it does not mean they are the killers. They are looking to scare people that are minorities, and they want to scare Native Americans off their land. This is where this gets interesting. The Eagle Brotherhood are modern day Nazis. They do not have death camps, but they still have their philosophy that there is one master race. Their idea is to have the world be white. They want to have people go to Canada. This is where they are not interested in death camps, but they would like their part of the world be of all white people. In their minds to make America great again is to make it white again.  

There is a man named Bigot with another man who attacks Constant Marlow and Zo Eventide based off the group of Eagle Brotherhood who are a Nazi group in this story. They attack her because they hate the fact, she is with a person who is of a different race or ethnicity. Constant Marlow used to be a boxer before she became a police investigator. She uses those skills to help beat these two men up that are attacking her and Zo Eventide. They want her not to use any weapons. They believed they would have her at a disadvantage. What they do not know is that she is good at hand-to-hand combat. She does not have any weapons like a gun or a police baton. These skills will be important. 

There are people who want to eliminate Constant Marlow and Zo Eventide. They want her eliminated because they feel they are getting too close. There is a scene in the book where their car gets pushed into the river by another car. This involves Constant Marlow breaking out of the car and having to rescue Zo Eventide before they both drown. They are lucky to survive based of this attack. The reader concludes that there must be a guardian angel watching over them.   

Constant Marlow is more determined after this attack. The people who do this believe this will scare her off. All they do is make her more determined to find the truth. She is a bulldog and will do whatever it takes to find these people. There is more than one person in this criminal conspiracy. The BRK killer is not acting alone. The BRK killer has help. Constant Marlow concludes that is the case. This case has a lot of threads and a good detective, given the time he or she needs, can put those threads together. She must solve a puzzle and each piece needs to fit, so this mystery makes sense.  

Constant Marlow is in a relationship with Evan Quill who is a prosecutor. She also trusts him and knows he is good at what he does. He is a straight shooter. He believes in the law and will apply it fairly. He comes to her and help her with solving the case of the BRK killer. They are in a hotel room. This relationship is not serious. It is a relationship to have fun.  

Joseph Ray Whelan is going around looking for victims or that is what the reader thinks. It feels like he is the killer who is rapping his victims. He is not, he is a police detective. He is a bulldog. He is looking for the killer that killed and raped his wife. Joseph Ray Whelan believes he is talking to an innocent person, but that person ends up hitting him with a pipe and crushes his skull and kills him. Believing he is the killer is wrong.  

As not to be revealed, nothing more will be revealed here. It does bring the reader to the climax and leave this book open to a new book to be written.  

I will give you, my rating. I give the book Rule of Threes by Jeffrey Deaver, an Amazon Original Story, a 10 out of 10. This story is complex and what the reader believes he or she knows, they do not. The twists and turns are good in a mystery or thriller like this. As a reader, the reader wants to have it not be predictable. The writer does a good job of having characters that are believable and characters who appear to be good are not the case. The reader believes that he or she knows who the villain is but does not. Who is the actual killer? Is there one killer or more than one killer? Please leave your answer in the comment section below. Jeffrey Deaver has written other books on Constant Marlow. It is called the Broken Doll series. I have not read them, but if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read and listen to them for free. That would be part of a Kindle Unlimited subscription. It is good that it comes with an audio version for a person to listen to. If a person travels, having access to an audio version is a plus.  



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