Clear the floor, Victoria Selman is here. That was the first thought that came to me when I read the first few chapters of this book. The control that the author had on the words in this book was exemplary.
Murders of women were happening in town and the cops needed the freelancing profiler Ziba to catch this murderer. This was book 3 in the series. I felt the characters would have been better understood if I had read the first 2 books.
Nevertheless, this story too intrigued. Ziba was the one who had put a Dr. Vernon Sange in prison for murder. He was back trying to bargain with her. He would provide the name of the present murderer for certain personal details of her life. The cat and mouse games began.
I loved the premise. Ziba was a terrific main character strong yet with hints of vulnerability. My niggles came in the midsection where I felt the plot meandered. Ziba’s entry into the mind of the killer could have been better. This book needed graphic description of the murders to bring out the darkness of the letters left by the killer. It just fell shy. Which can be both good and bad depending on the reader.
But make no mistake, the story was pure fun. The games both the characters played had me egging them on. The clues had the right amount of intrigue. A good villain allows the hero to reach his heights. I liked how the path to the murders were shown to me. Ending too felt a tad contrived.
Overall, a fun book. I did find the writing addictive and Ziba intriguing.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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One killer on the loose. Another setting the rules. A profiler caught in the middle.
A serial killer is terrorising London, removing a body part from each victim and leaving in its place a single pink rose.
Dr Vernon Sange, a multiple murderer awaiting extradition, seems to know the culprit’s identity—but he’ll only talk to profiler Ziba MacKenzie, the woman responsible for putting him away. Though there’s something he wants in return from her. And time is running out.
With one killer whispering in her ear and another running rings around the police, Ziba must play a game in which only her opponent knows the rules, and the forfeit is death.
Publication Date: December 2019