The Principle of Evil by T.M.E. Walsh


About the Book

A body has been found in a frozen lake, bringing a gruesome act of evil into the light.

One look at the victim is enough for DCI Claire Winters to recognise the work of a warped mind. And when another woman is reported missing, Claire’s worst fears are confirmed: this is a killer who plans to strike again.

As the body count rises, the pressure is on for Claire to find the perpetrator and bring them to justice. But first, she must learn to understand the twisted mind behind the crimes. And that will take her to a darker place than she ever thought possible.

My Review

I haven’t read the first in the series of books to feature Claire Winters, For All Our Sins so didn’t know what to expect. I sometimes struggle reading out of sequence, especially if it’s a new author for me but I could follow this with no problem. There were a few references to a previous case but no spoilers.
The killings started immediately and there were quite a few of them throughout the novel. This book is slightly different; I can’t remember ever reading a novel where the reader gets to know the victim before they were killed. I found it much more personal and at times quite sad.
There were a couple of characters that I initially disliked but they did show a more likeable side to them as the novel progressed. I really liked Claire, she has her problems and not all of them are job related.
I did solve some of the case as I was reading, but got most of it, including the killer wrong. There were a few teasers and I probably fell for every one of them.
I really enjoyed this novel, I’m looking forward to reading its prequel very soon and hopefully the series will continue.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received.