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Splinter in the Blood

Narrated by: Piers Hampton
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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Summary

Deceit, betrayal and tension abound in this chilling police procedural from dazzling new voice Ashley Dyer. 

Sergeant Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver are on the hunt for a serial killer who carefully poses his victims and covers every inch of their bodies in intricate, cryptic tattoos. Dubbed the 'Thorn Killer' by the media, the killer uses a primitive and excruciatingly painful thorn method to etch his victims. After many months, a breakthrough feels imminent. Then the killer gets personal: the latest victim - a student found only a week earlier - is staged to look like Carver's wife. 

Pushed over the edge, Carver spirals into a self-destructive cycle of booze and risky sex. Now he lies near death, and the unreadable Lake stands over him with a gun. Did she shoot her boss? If not, why is she removing evidence from his apartment, faking the scene? 

Ruth, too, is convinced that Carver is holding back: that he remembers more than he admits. Why is he lying? Does he know what she did? How can she hope to unravel the half truths, hidden meanings, secrets and lies at the centre of this investigation when she herself has lied and lied? 

Intrigued, the Thorn Killer watches their every move - all the while plotting the next. Can Carver and Lake pull together to catch him before he strikes again? Or will they be held captive by their own web of lies? 

Utterly gripping, with a twisting plot that keeps you guessing until the end, Splinter in the Blood is an unforgettable listen that will get under your skin. 

©2018 Margaret Murphy (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"A taut and compelling thriller, as sharp as the thorns that feature in the plot." (Ann Cleeves)

"One of the boldest, most inventive serial-killer thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs." (AJ Finn)

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Brilliant Police Procedural/Serial Killer Thriller

This is the first book I have read by this author. I discovered it after reading on a Facebook page that the author had received a 1 star review on Amazon because the reviewer had purchased the wrong format and the hardback she'd received was too heavy to read in bed! I was intrigud enough to look the book up on Amazon and the blurb made me buy, adding the audible narration.

I was a bit unsure about the book to begin with, not totally understanding what was going on, but I stuck with it and wow it is one hell of a story! It is an intense police procedural set in Liverpool which follows two investigations. The first is a particularly nasty serial killer who tattoos his victims using a thorn, slowly and very painfully. The second investigates the shooting at his home of the officer in charge of the serial killer case. The storyline has so many twists and turns that I felt I was spinning around, and I can’t believe anyone would be able to guess who the killer is! The writing is brilliant and the book is impossible to put down.

I loved the character of Ruth Lake who is a maverick who isn’t afraid to disobey her superiors if she feels they are wrong. I’m not too sure about the character of Greg Carver as I don’t feel we got to know him very well, though the fact that he began to see auras was fascinating.

The narration by Piers Hampton was brilliant and made the book come to life.

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Amazing book!

I loved this book. It beautifully written and gives huge depth of character.
Ruth's character is so measured that you feel guilty when you find things out about her, because mostly, she's not told us.
PC Ivy is a joy and a real trooper, putting up with so much.
I so hope that Peggy can have her own collection of short stories. With her saving petty crime and human problems, one curtain twitch at a time. With a band of irregulars, and a constant hankering for the good old days.
The only mild disappointment is that the accents were not totally on point, but as I have spent a lot of time on the Wirral, I am pretty sensitive to the particulars of the local voice. But. unless you are a pedant or from Prenton, or both, you won't notice.
Thanks for an amazing book! Can't wait to listen to another.