Back of the book :
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…
What I think :
It seems there is a Serial killer at large in Edinburgh.
DI Luc Callenach and the team haven’t got much to do so when four bodies turn up almost one after the other, they are secretly relieved. Each death is looking very much like suicide, however after looking into the deaths the team discover that it’s murder. Very odd ones at that. Are they connected ? It would seem that they are. So then the team have their work cut out trying to find the culprit before they kill again ….
Meanwhile, Luc again has his own battles to face, this time when he visits a care home and the person he visits later turns up dead ! Can poor Luc ever catch a break ?
This is the fifth book in this wonderful Scottish series. (How can it be that many already ?)
We are back once again with the team, with Luc and Ava heading it up, it promises lots of murder and grittiness. It’s so nice to be back with all the characters. They are beginning to feel like old friends.
This serving starts slowly, then picks up the pace, with lots of brilliant twists and turns, it’s pretty dark in places. You don’t want to put it down without knowing what’s going on, with an ending that really is brilliant !
Yes, another excellent book from this excellent author.
I give this one 9/10.
Published by Avon Books on 18/04/2019
As always, a huge Thank you to the lovely Sabah Khan for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Here for your reading pleasure is an extract of the book.
Not physically, I can say that with a high level of certainty. We know from high-fall victims who survive that their brain protects them immediately prior to impact. They pass out or go into a sort of impending trauma fugue. Very few have any memory of impact at all. In this man’s case, I can tell you death was so instantaneous that he wouldn’t have had time to have registered the pain. The back of his head hit the concrete hard enough to flatten a section of his skull. Shall I turn him over for you to see?’
‘No need. I’ll take your word for it,’ Ava murmured.
‘Very wise, but I’m afraid I have a caveat to your question about his having suffered, and it’s linked to why you’re here at all.’ The door opened and a white-suited figure entered. ‘Luc! Come and join us. We were just getting to the heart of the matter.’
‘Hey.’ Ava smiled at him. ‘Sorry to deny you your final few hours of leave. Were you doing anything fun?’
Luc shook his head. ‘I was at the gym. I ate too much in Paris. Got to get back in shape.’
It was a lie, but Ava let him get away with it. Callanach had the sort of slim build and washboard stomach that most men could only dream of.
‘Didn’t have gyms when I was your age,’ Ailsa grumbled as she pulled over a mobile light with a magnifying glass on a flexible arm. ‘We went for good long walks, didn’t sit in front of screens for hours at a time and we certainly didn’t spend all our spare cash on food that was more saturated fat than protein.’