Yay! This book was a homerun for me. I was listening to an interminably long thriller and got bored with it. I wanted something quick and fun to blast through the book doldrums. "Creature" was the right pick. I loved it.
Kim begins with a heartbreaking scene showing the "creature", John, in captivity. This immediately establishes empathy for him. I have a soft spot for underdog characters (versus perfect alpha males), and so I fell in love with John at once and had to see him get his happy.
He's removed from what might be decades of solitary confinement by the Bureau and Harry, who is picked to use John on a case. John is so grateful to be free and to be treated kindly. And Harry soon realizes John is much more than a "thing".
This is a sweet, dark little fairy tale and I read it in one sitting. Kim's writing is so effortless and appealing, it just pulls you right through the book, forgetting everything else.
Highly recommended. Now I want to go back and read the first two Bureau books.