Graham McNamee
It's a hot summer and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority's lost and found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging misplaced belongings. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan has just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can't stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman? 


Reviewed: 2016-12-03

Acceleration starts with a great premise: a teenager takes a summer job at the transit authority lost and found department in Toronto.  While working in the "stacks," he finds a lost diary.  As he reads it, he realizes that it is the rantings of what is probably a serial killer.  If this story had remained focused on the mystery of finding the serial killer, it could have been a really good story, but it gets mired in the personal life of the main character.  Most of the story deals with Duncan and his relationship with his friends and family, which changed dramatically after an unsuccessful attempt to save a drowning girl in a pool during a previous summer.  Now he sees his attempt to find the serial killer as an attempt at redemption.  The book moves very slowly after the initial problem is introduced and doesn't really pick up again until near the end of the book.  The ending is as unsatisfying as most of the rest of the story.  To say the least, a very disappointing book.

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