I meant to do this update Friday, but my current cold forced me to postpone this until tonight. My apologies.
Edits are done, I only need to do a final look over and spellchecking. As long as nothing gets in the way, I should be sending this off to Stephanie Dagg of http://www.ebook-ed.it/ for some professional edits. Nothing major to really say here simply because the original draft and the final(ish) draft are relatively the same. What was changed was def for the better.
One change (which will probably make more sense once you read the book) was an addition of a serial killer's perspective..as a spectator to the investigation. Initially, I had only intended to show the investigation from Thomas and M's point of view and simply go through it like any ol' tv drama would.....of course with my usual twisted concepts. About half way through the first draft I had the idea of adding the murder's point of view (sort of a Noir approach, but not exactly), but ending up not doing it at first.
I didn't want the murderer to be a REAL character and build an entire background story for him/her, as I did with Uhler. I only wanted the murderer to be addressed well enough to give a feeling of creepiness. Once I finished the story I felt I didn't quite get it where I wanted, so I added in the murderer's voice. It only makes up a page of text in 3 chucks over 2 chapters, but I think it does the trick. Fun little "behind the scenes" there for ya.
I do want to make one final comment here. This book was in no way intended to be read as a standalone. It is the end of the first trilogy and only backtracks enough so the poor reader doesn't have to pinpoint an idea in one of the previous books. As the author of these, of course I'd say "go buy the other 2 b/c you need to read them all!" I won't, because I don't have to. Read the Amazon reviews of book 2 (Ammit) and you'll see that you COULD get away with starting with book 2, but you don't want to. Plus, until the Book 3 is release, Book 1 is 99 cents on Amazon :P