Reviewed By Steve Parkes
Bald Mage Rating 8/10
I would like to thank Vicki Fitzgerald for providing me with a free copy for an honest review:
‘We are closing the net on you. We are coming and we will find you. You will be held accountable for the six young women you brutally murdered. I will have justice for all of them, and for Kate Rivendale. Hand yourself in and make things easier for yourself. It’s only a matter of time until we come knocking at your door.’
After seven women fall victim to a serial killer, journalist Kate Rivendale becomes embroiled in the manhunt. The authorities have no suspect, only one forensic link dating way back to the 1930s.
Detective Chief Inspector William Beckley needs to salvage his career; he has too many deaths on his conscience. Beckley entices Kate to go undercover, a decision which backfires with devastating consequences.
While DCI Beckley reaches a horrifying conclusion about the murderer Kate enters a desperate fight for her life… while battling to keep her own secrets buried.
This was an enjoyable little novel, that was easy to read mainly because it flowed nicely. The novel is split between three characters and these are; DCI William Beckley, A journalist Kate Rivendale, and the Killer and each of these characters felt truly realistic.
The author paints a grim present day world that I totally agree with, such as the character Kate siting in a park watching a child play, whilst noticing there are syringes laying about, as well her seeing a hooded drug dealer selling coke to a young teenager, and I totally relate to these sorts of events as I have witnessed things like this myself, so I sympathised with Kate’s character.
Now I want to go onto the pressures of each job our characters do and I will start with Kate and journalism, the author really shows the complicated nature of the job. As Kate tries to find the perfect story to impress her boss, and even when she gets a good story her boss still isn’t impressed or satisfied and this leads to many stressful situations for Kate who has her own personal troubles to deal with. Kate finds it hard to detach herself from the stories she investigates and she becomes emotionally attached at times, and yet again the author really summed up todays world of people trying to get a quick buck here and there because they might make the news in the papers.
DCI Beckley’s job is also well realised as the author shows the pressures of a detectives livelihood. Beckley at times is pushed to the limit as the dead are growing in number and he hasn’t a clue who the killer is, Beckley also has a troubled past with a previous case that he feels responsible for, and this eats him up inside and makes him more determined to catch this new killer.
The author has clearly done some good research for this novel or she has worked in one of the roles previous to writing this book. The police press conferences were really well detailed and felt extremely realistic as well as the Post Mortem descriptions which were extremely detailed, which I thoroughly enjoyed mainly because some of the killers traits that he used on his victims were different to what I’ve read before. I always enjoy the profilers of any book like this, I find these people really intelligent in how they determine a killer’s traits and weaknesses and now I’m older I look back at my childhood and think that I’ve wasted a good opportunity as I would have liked to have been a profiler myself.
The Killer is an interesting person, the reason for these horrific crimes this lunatic commits is a little staggering, the Killer only kills blonde women. For me as a reader there was one key scene that revealed the identity of the Killer early on and I told my wife who I thought it was and I was proved correct by the end. Did this ruin my experience of the book? I would say no, the police still had to catch this crazed buffoon before any more deaths took place, so I was fairly entertained reading about the murderer outwitting the police.
Overall this was great outing for the author who clearly has a talent for writing, she describes human emotions perfectly, as I witnessed both sides of the human mind. The lunatic murderous kind and the fighting spirit of the will to survive at all costs, the book really shows the reader present day society in a nut shell which is kind of depressing but in a good way.