Many thanks to publisher Bookouture for my spot on this Blog Tour.
Move over, the book boyfriends of Bookouture. Dan Lockhart is here!! The new heartthrob… Or should I say Chris Merritt is here!! Well, it is my first Chris book.
A woman found dead with a metal ball deep in her mouth, choking her. Slow excruciating death. DI Dan Lockhart was called in along with his team. And he pulled in his psychologist and forensic expert Dr. Lexi Green.
At 416 pages, the book was a wee bit long and detailed. Or maybe I just wanted to get to the killer faster. The author’s writing was fascinating as I got to know both sides of the spectrum. The cops and the killer, especially the Guru of the killer who thought men were superior. I was ready to karate chop that man, only the fact that my kindle would pay the price stopped me. Oh yeah, my blood boiled while reading the killer sections. He was completely revolting, and I loved to hate him.
Dan and his team had a newness to them, they got comfortable with each other slowly down the pages. There were skirmishes, some went in different directions. I liked how the author kept the prose authentic as it did take a team time (or a book) to become cohesive.
Dan found his footing slowly, the latter half had me turning the pages faster to get to the killer. The research done for this book was great, the subplots were all taken from real data. I played the Detective but lost to the author, as the identity was a shocker. But then I blame my illness. I will do better in the next book.
Overall, a gripping read which kept my brain occupied for a few hours. I would love to see what Dan and his author Chris bring to the next book
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…
As Detective Dan Lockhart is called to a wealthy London street to investigate Natasha’s death, he’s startled by the similarity to a previous case. Noticing the cable-tie restraints and the tiny scratches on Natasha’s wedding finger, Dan already knows what he will find if he looks in her mouth – the metal ball which choked her to death. He knows Natasha isn’t the killer’s first victim and is certain that he will strike again.
Months earlier, Kim Hardy was found in the same position in a run-down hotel across the city – an identical silver ball in her throat. But Kim’s murderer was caught and sent to prison – did they arrest the wrong man? And what connects the two victims? Fearing that he’s dealing with a psychopathic serial killer, Dan calls in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help him to get into the perpetrator’s mind. Tough and smart, Lexi will stop at nothing to hunt down the man responsible for the deaths.
Then, another body is discovered, just as Lexi finds a clue online leading to the killer. Dan’s team aren’t convinced, but in pushing Lexi away from the investigation, they force her to dig further into the case on her own. Convinced that she’s on to something, she puts herself in unthinkable danger… but can Dan piece together the clues and identify the killer before it’s too late?
Publication Date: March 2020