Back of the book :
No one can protect you from your past…
When a young woman is found strangled in her own bedroom, DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into an investigation to find a twisted serial killer who likes to date his victims before he kills them.
Determined to stop the horrific deaths, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she get caught in her own trap? As the search for the killer ramps up, attention falls on the strange new boy in town. Why does he watch his neighbours through the windows? And could the truth be closer to home than any of them realise?
What I think :
Firstly, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful cover of this book …
Ok then, that done, Imogen and Adrian are back again.
What a corker of a book !
This is a fabulous story with such fabulous characters. It’s the type of book that from the minute you pick it up it drags you in right from the first word to the last.
This one has three storylines running.
We meet Connor who has moved from America to Exeter after some big trouble at his last school – He was involved in a shooting. All he wants to do is make a new start and settle in and just be ‘one of the guys’ but, sadly that isn’t going to be the case, because the kids at his new school have other ideas for him. It’s a good job he has someone to help in the shape of his uncle Joel. We also have Adrian and Imogen investigating a series of murders, the killer is dating his victims before murdering them. Also in amongst all of this we have some diary entries from someone called Victoria, just who she ? How does she fit into the story ?
All in all this is an excellent thriller with loads of twists and turns. If you buy only one thriller this autumn, this is the one you really need to go out and buy. I really enjoyed it, I have read all of Katerina’s other novel’s and I think that this one may be her best yet 🙂
I give this brilliant book a very well-earned 9/10.
Published on 20/09/18 by Avon books.
A huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for the review copy of the book and the gorgeous necklace.
Here for your reading pleasure is an extract from the book.
Erica’s heart fluttered as she saw him in the corner, sipping his wine and looking at his phone. She thought how strange it was that they were only just meeting and yet they had already seen each other naked. As though sensing her arrival, he looked up, and the biggest grin spread across his face. Relieved to see that he wasn’t disappointed, Erica walked over. He stood up and held his hand out to shake hers. She placed her hand in his, all the while looking at his knuckles, his fingers, his skin tone. She was trying to commit this moment to memory because she knew it was important. This was the beginning of the rest of her life.
‘Warren?’ she said, knowing the answer. The smile on her face was beginning to ache. This already felt too good to be true. He leaned across and kissed her on the cheek. He smelled of expensive aftershave, something understated and slightly feminine, with a little spice to it.
‘It’s good to finally meet you, Erica,’ he said shyly.
‘How is your hotel?’ she asked but regretted it instantly, hoping he wouldn’t think she was alluding to anything.
‘Pretty basic, the bed is quite lumpy and hard. I probably should have forked out for something a little less franchise-y.’
‘Lesson learned for next time, eh?’ She smiled again.
He was even better looking in the flesh. His blond surfer hair hung to his shoulders; he looked like something from Sons of Anarchy or a nineties Seattle rock band. His skin was weather-beaten but still somehow perfect. Everything about him was perfect.
Why was he looking online for a girlfriend?
Why was he interested in her?
She could barely understand it but what the hell, this was happening and she was going to enjoy it. As they both sat down, the waiter came over and took their order. The conversation flowed with such ease that Erica had to warn herself to calm down. Nothing worked out for her, certainly not men, certainly no one as handsome as Warren. She could hear her sister’s voice in her head, telling her to be careful, not to fall too fast – something she had told her a million times. Now that Erica was sitting here face-to-face with Warren, her sister’s words were the furthest things from her mind.