Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Joffe Books, for letting me have an ARC of this book.
When I requested it, I was unaware that it was part of a series, so I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t follow what was going on. Turns out I had nothing to worry about because this book stands well on its own. There isn’t much character development in relation to the police force, but as this is the 4th book in the series, I wasn’t expecting there to be. That being said, I think I will read the first 3 books to better understand them. And I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the series.
So, what is the book about?
Two drunk students find a body in the river. Soon, another body is found in the river and it’s up to DI Jim Neal and DS Ava Merry to find out if they are linked.
One of the women has a list of victims in her house. 3 of them are now dead. It soon becomes clear that the victim was looking into things that happened to people she knew in the past.
Jess, one of the characters in the book, knows one of the victims and she tries to find out what happened to her. But then really strange and awful things start happening to her and people she knows. Her tyres are slashed, her friends dog is killed and she comes across a note telling her to stop looking into things or people close to her will get hurt.
So, the race is on for DI Jim Neal and DS Ava Merry to find out who is responsible before he claims another victim.
I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those books where I didn’t want to put it down. I’d tell myself I’ll just finish the current chapter, but before I knew it, I had read another 5 chapters.
The one thing that stood out for me was the character of the villain. At times I felt sorry for him. I’ve read a lot of crime/thriller books and I can’t remember ever feeling sympathy for the bad guy. He is a horrid human being who seems to hate women and loves violence. He is appalling, yet so interesting. Janice Frost has done an amazing job of creating such a complex character.
I finished this book a few days ago and I’m still sat here thinking about his character. I can’t tell if the things that he told the police were sincere or whether I have been massively duped into feeling sympathy for him. I think I’ll go with the second option!
Would I recommend this book?
Definitely. It’s a easy page turner. The story line was easy to follow. You could relate to the characters (minus the bad guy!) and the plot was amazing!
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