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Summary

Repent in this life, rejoice in the next....

A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads, the case goes nowhere. Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect. 

Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one's soul is safe. Not even those of the Detectives....

How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity and their future is worth more than your own?

Ross Greenwood writes gritty, heart-pounding thrillers, with twists aplenty and unforgettable endings. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

©2020 Ross Greenwood (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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"Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton...." (Author Richard Burke)

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Brilliant

The Soul Killer is the second book in the DI Barton series after reading and loving The Snow Killer I couldn’t wait to see what the author had in store for us. And boy are you guys in for a treat. I didn’t think Ross could get any better but how wrong was I. He has totally nailed it. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book.

I actually listened to this on audio David Thorpe has done a brilliant job of narrating this. The story is told in alternate chapters from the POV of the killer…..(a killer we have no idea who it is) and DI Barton and his team. David as done a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life.

This is a truly addictive gripping audio that I couldn’t stop listening to. It is full of twists and turns with plenty of OMG moments. Ross Greenwood just got darker.

Towards the end I found myself laughing. I have to admit that I loved the dry humour. It’s all part of the plot……You need to read it for yourself to see what I mean.

This book certainly ticked all the boxes for me and I feel that the author has definitely found his writing style. DI Barton is a brilliant character I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.

I cannot recommend this book enough it is flipping brilliant.

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Couldn't get past chapter nine. The narrator was terrible, the accent's were awful.
Really spoilt it for me. So unable to give a review on the storyline.

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1 of my must reads

Brilliant story. lots of surprises. twists n red herrings. the end is shockingly great unexpected. Patricia Welsh

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Totally unbelievable

I enjoyed the first book in this series and the author has used a similar format which is that we follow the killer’s journey through multiple murders. What was amazing was the complete ineptitude of the police. They cannot be that clueless in reality. The only saving grace was the narrator who injected pace and excitement and encouraged me to (nearly) finish the book. It’s a pity really as the police characters are likeable (but not too clever)

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amazing book

loved it loved it . I love these books by Ross Greenwood. The characters are brilliant .And its nice to see a detective whose a happy family man ,not one who lives in bottle
The book is very well read by David Thorpe
I will look forward to the next instalment

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excellent all together

i have now listened to three of this authors books and eagerly await a fourth. story lines are strong with great characters. the reader is top class also. so, roll on the next Inspector Barton and co

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Outstanding, again !

As with 'the Snow Killer' the narrative begins in the first person with the killer narrating their story which starts when they are just a small child, once the story switches to the present time it continues in the third person and revolves around DI Barton and his team, who are attending the funeral of Ginger who was killed in the first book. It switches back and forth just as effortlessly as in 'the Snow Killer' but is important to note, as many people have preferences over the POV in which a book is presented. I love this format, it's quite invigorating and makes a pleasant change from the average third person POV in which most crime thrillers seem to be presented (excluding phychological thrillers which seem to be almost exclusively first person).

The story has more twists and turns than a Welsh mountain road.

I found myself rooting for the killer as they may well be a psychopath but I felt so much empathy with them that I could not fail to care about what happened to them. So this book was enjoyed but with a touch of sadness too.

David Thorpe's narration was perfect again, he's the best narrator for these book without a doubt.

If you liked the first book, you'll love this one, if not, then go for it anyway, I think you'll enjoy it and then go buy the other one too.

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DI Barton is a likeable detective

Following the success of The Snow Killer, Greenwood delves deeper into the characters and events in and around Peterborough.

I like Greenwood's use of first person and third person. It worked very well in book 1 (The Snow Killer), with the two timelines converging towards the end.

In The Soul Killer, the author continues this format, but it doesn't work as well. I would have enjoyed the big reveal to come later in the book, like in The Snow Killer. In stead, we are told fairly early on who the Soul Killer is, and after that point we are rushed through characters, events, and locations.

A fan of procedurals and the use of actual locations, I enjoyed listening to this book. I had Google Maps open to search for locations mentioned.

This book is bigger than the Snow Killer, with far more characters. This is not necessarily a good development. We don't need so many peripheral characters. They tend to increase the length and complexity of the book without improving the story.

That said, I'll still listen to Book 3!!

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Marvellous!

Great book, really well read, it was a book I had to keep on listening to!! Especially as it was "included" yay.

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Good story, enjoyed it. Narrator ok this time

The last book was a great story but the narrator really grated on me, the accent I think, and over pronunciation. This time, not as bad. Im not sure if im getting used to the narrator but I found it much better this time. About to start the 3rd in the series. Felt a lot of sympathy for this killer, I think they were portrayed quite realistically, the author has obviously done a lot of research.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 11-05-20

Wonderful, Refreshing story line, I love it!!!

When I read the Snow Killer, I was not sure how knowing the killer in advance would make for a good mystery. It was one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. The Soul Killer, same formula is equally as good. Again, I appreciate an author who respects his/her readers and does not regurgitate the previous novels. This could easily be a stand alone, but start with the Snow Killer if you can, you will be glad you did. I am looking forward to the next in this series.

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  • J. Kromrie
  • 03-02-21

Meh, I preferred the 1st book of this series...

This 2nd installment just NEVER captured my imagination...Or my ice cold heart (kidding...kinda). Gave the 1st book 5 starts and 2.5 for this one is generous. too convoluted; unravel this labyrinth plot is not how I define enjoyment (which I seek at all times, whether studying or reading "off-the-clock". Might be time for a refund...

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  • GrammaC
  • 01-11-21

DI Barton Investigates

I never used to be excited with books that started off with the "killer" but I loved the first one so much (and this killer is even harder to pin down early) that I had to read this one. And I am so very glad that I did.

DI Barton never gives up or stops thinking and creating scenarios [much like my other favorite Joe Gunther]. Both have excellent teams to work with and brainstorming gets the job done.

An excellent police procedural as well. This is the kind of detective story that defines the genre.

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  • booklvr
  • 03-02-21

Favorite series

LOVE this series. By the middle of the first book the characters feel like old friends and you are deeply invested in their lives. Take a chance and READ THIS SERIES!!! You won't be disappointed.

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  • joseph strickland
  • 13-12-21

Fantastic!

I love this D I Barton series. It's jam-packed with twists and turns and will keep you guessing! Very good narration and, as usual, great comic relief. Highly recommend.

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  • charlee steele
  • 30-10-21

Loved It!

These books are great. loving the narrator and can't wait till the next one comes out.

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  • Kelly
  • 11-10-21

Great new mystery series

The first novel was interesting and and this novel was even more. Character development and twists in the plot kept my attention.

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  • Donna
  • 22-09-21

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Best of the 3 DI Barton books. Just a darn good mystery. Tightly plotted and written, fine
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  • Mark
  • 03-06-20

I struggled to chapter eleven but cold not

I could not get interested in this book, I struggled to chapter eleven but cold not go further, a different narrator may have helped.

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  • Charl Olivier
  • 17-01-22

Good book

The story was a bit long at times but, the narrator made the story come alive, well done!