I am really struggling to keep up with the days of the week at the moment but the sun is out and I have got back into my reading groove so I’m fairly happy all round. I have a bumper reading week this week and I’m kicking it off with a bit of a mystery/crime.
Serial killers are secretive animals. They keep their deeds to themselves and hope never to be found.
But there’s a new man in town—a killer who warns people in advance he’s going to kill them, then does it, in a variety of unusual, even bizarre, ways.
Ex-policeman Ben Buckland wants to catch this man not because he’s on the list … but because his 15-year-old daughter is. And that’s just not fair.
Especially when the killer has sent out warnings to several hundred people …
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The blurb of this one certainly caught my eye, a serial killer who essentially warns his victims that they could be next, I was intrigued before I read the first page. The first page happened to be the note that was being sent out to people so I was pretty certain that I was in for an interesting read.
I think what I liked most about this book is that the killer isn’t entirely hidden from the reader, you get to know a bit about him as the point of view switches between him and Ben. The further you read the more you found out so at the start even though you had certain details there was still a lot of mystery surrounding him and his motivations. It also made it a little more sinister because sometimes it was very normal interactions which were such a contrast to the rest of the things he does in the book.
At first I wasn’t sure about Ben, I felt like he was going to be a bit too cliched for my liking but I definitely judged him too soon, he did grow on me and I ended up quite liking his tenacity and that he really knew his own mind but could also be honest about his flaws. He felt very genuine, especially in his interactions with other characters, I could really put myself in his shoes.
The story overall was really entertaining, I definitely felt that pull through the pages to figure out where all the players fit in the killer’s game. It also has a clever plotline, I like that the killer is smart and has purposely made it difficult to be caught and even though you do get a lot of access to his thoughts, there is still an element of surprise as to what happens throughout the book.
The only thing that I felt maybe didn’t live up to my expectations was that Ben gets access to a lot of information in quite an easy way, I feel like he should have had to work harder for it and that because it came to him so easily that there wasn’t as much tension in the story as there could have been.
Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he’s the author of ten books in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016.
When he’s not writing he enjoys reading, learning the guitar, watching movies and binge-inhaling great TV series. He’s currently resident in France.
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Thanks so much, Kate x
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