In the 19th century, New Yorkers flocked to collections of strange and grotesque oddities called "cabinets of curiosities." Now, in lower Manhattan, excavators uncover the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer... and similar killings are happening again.
This is the third book in the Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, following on from their debut work 'Relic' and its sequel 'Reliquary'.
I enjoyed CoC most out of the three, and in my opinion Preston and Childs' writing and the stories are getting better each time.
Cabinet of Curiosities is regarded by many Pendergast fans to be one of the best of the stories. I shall reserve my opinion until I have read more in the series.
Agent Pendergast is an awesomely unique protagonist and one of my favorites, my only negative point about him is that his skills border on being almost superhero-like at times.
One word of wisdom from reading the first three in the series: Although each novel is a 'stand-alone' story, I recommend reading them in order of writing as each book refers to events which happened in the previous stories. The reading experience will be richer overall, if read in order.
One more thing is that as a Christian, I do not appreciate the amount of times certain characters use Jesus' name as a cuss word.
Cabinet of Curiosities: Good but not great... 3 stars. (less)