The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. Fans of M. J. Arlidge will be gripped from start to finish.
On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.
Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine's killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.
It's not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes.... The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.
Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.
©2017 Helen Fields (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
I loved this grizzly crime thriller which excited and horrified me in equal measure. The killer brilliantly imagined and the detective has a unique angle which was thoroughly entertaining. If you like thrillers such as The Fall and The Killing, you'll love this.
A good story that kept me interested BUT the French detective inspector was turned in to inspector clouseau by the narrator or a character from allo allo the tv series. Found myself laughing when it was supposed to be a serious storyline .
well written story. plot unfolded in stages loved the way the different characters intereacted. Hope there's more to come.
I don't think I'm particularly squeamish when It comes to murder mysteries, but this was too
gratuitously nasty for me, mostly because it wasn't backed up by a decent story. At first I thought the detective was an interesting spin on the usual, but the story got so silly and his french accent so daft, and the violence so unnecessary, it made me feel quite grubby listening to it.
Mum, psychologist, avid reader and cat lover.
Great story to read, interesting characters and strong plot. I bought the version for Whispersync and loved reading it for myself however I enjoyed only some of the narration. The accent for Callanach was atrocious, a cross between 'allo 'allo and inspector Cleuseaux(sp?). I really think it was OTT and very unnecessary and off-putting. When I was reading the book for myself I obviously didn't read with a French accent and so hearing the narrator do it just threw me. I wanted to tell for him to tone it down!!!!
Those who enjoy listening to scenes of gratuitous torture of women tied to a bed.
The "Inspector Clouseau" accent of the narrator as the main character would be laughable if the material was not so disturbing.
It is set in Edinburgh....
I would like a refund!!!
What a great opener, can't wait to get hold of the next instalment. Great story and loved the reading of it too, a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook that I can not recommend highly enough.
More twists than a twisty thing - loved it. Sexy male detective, strong females, plot and multiple sub plots.
This book - Ok I got to chapter five, it is far too graphic with the torture of women.. I found it so upsetting I wanted to skin the Author alive! Sick, cruel and wallowing in violence against women. I am returning this book with the following advice. To all the misogynists out there- fill your boots with this book. Everyone else? Its sickening and I could do without this crap in my life. I would not touch this author again with a barge pole and a woman wrote it? Shame on you!
If the actual background would be better researched. It s sad - the writing is fun and the dialogue good but I just cannot get over the basic mistakes regarding virtually everything regarding universities. When giving a main character the university background as a main motivator it is important to just have one conversation with a lecturer to sort out the basics. That counts for any other main motivator as well. It just grates when all is wrong.
yes - I prefer not to read fake news in any form
It was good
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