Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…
As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. I really enjoyed getting to meet Ava, Luc and the rest of the team last year. I still haven’t had the chance to read the earlier books so this was only the second book in the series that I have read. There were a couple of things that I felt I would have understood more if I had read the earlier books but they didn’t impact on my enjoyment of the novel.
What I like about this series is it’s originality. I read a lot of crime fiction but I have never read anything like the cases in this book. There are two investigations, one was a lot more complex and creepy than the other. Unfortunately part of it was completely believable, showing some of the more sickening sides to modern day life. It was this investigation that appealed to me most. The other, didn’t really have much of an impact on me until further on in the novel. I did have my suspicions, but thankfully they were wrong.
The relationship between Ava and Luc is a strange one. I want them to be together but at times it’s not a healthy relationship. I suspect that many readers have more sympathy and liking for him, but I prefer Ava. Probably because I am a late reader, if I read the earlier novels my feelings may change. Luc is just a little too needy.
I’m pleased that will be another novel, I didn’t read the extract (not good with waiting patiently) but it’s one to look forward to.
The time has come again to pick my top books of the year. I have read 144 books this year and after much consideration I have managed to get it down to 10. All of the books have been published. Apart from my top book of the year they are in no particular order.
The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.
After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Everything I have heard about this series of books has been great and I’m kicking myself that this is the first that I have read. Obviously this isn’t ideal but I had no problem following the storyline. I plan on catching up as soon as possible and have the first two books from the series on my kindle.
There are quite a few murders in this novel, they are gruesome but not where the reader feels that there is too much information. What they do show is a very deep image of how much pain the victims go through. I don’t think I’ve read a crime novel before that is like this, where the victim is given so big a personality and you know what their final thoughts are. It was poignant but also made me feel tension, hoping that they would be found in time, that this one wouldn’t die.
I have only ever seen the tourist side to Edinburgh, like many cities it has its homeless and drug problem. In this novel the drug is spice, reading how it affected the people who took it was chilling and very convincing.
I found the team fascinating and likeable. From what I can gather the series is usually focused on Luc but this book is mainly about Ava. This probably made it easier to follow and will have no impact on me reading the series out of sequence. I gather that Luc is a big hit with readers, again, I will probably see the reasons why when I read the other books. There was at least one character I was mistaken about, a more compassionate side was revealed as I got towards the end.
Despite the often upsetting storyline there were humorous parts, a storyline that runs through most of the novel had me smiling a lot. Especially when the ‘why’ couldn’t be revealed.
This is a series that I can’t wait to catch up on and I’m also looking forward to what happens next.