But is the collected Professor Cooper able to deal with his killer captor? What allows him to read the mind of this demented man so easily? Maybe this professor is more than just a college teacher. Maybe the professor has fallen into a mental trap deliberately set by the mad serial killer to bait him.
And what will Tate do as his investigation brings him closer and closer to these two men and a young woman collected by the deranged serial killer? Will Tate fall into the same trap and be collected? Will he mentally and physically sustain himself? After all, he carries no authority. His past police record haunts his every move along with the memory of his own deceased daughter.
If you are looking for a horror story that frightens, scares, and beguiles your thinking, I recommend Collecting Cooper as a top notch tale. Its characters, as loathsome as they are, are well developed. These are not people you’d like to meet or befriend. When I finished reading Collecting Cooper, I couldn’t help but think of some of the atrocious characters roaming loose in our society who, by all means, should be locked away in an institution, but should never endure the torments that the clients in Grover Hills suffered.
In Pennsylvania, much has been done to return mental patients to half-way houses and then into society's mainstream. The State no longer funds permanent institutions. Collecting Cooper will make you want to pester legislators to fund and reopen such places while keeping a watchdog eye on care and treatment of the seemingly subhuman! Hats off to Paul Cleave and his truly scary book.