Deviously Twisted And Chilling, This Gripping Read Leaves You Begging For More!
"There were only ever two choices.."
Alana Loxton was part of the all-female team to take down Barratt, a notorious serial killer. He is safely behind bars when one of the detectives goes missing.
Her disappearance, and the connection to the killer, could be a coincidence – but when her body is discovered days later, a link begins to form.
Then another detective from the team goes missing and the situation becomes horrifically clear.
Someone is picking them off one by one – and Alana’s name is next on the list . . .
I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this tour, mainly as I had this Book firmly on my TBR. I spotted it months ago on some promos and was hooked just by the blurb!
I have a guilty fascination with serial killers, not so much the crimes or the macabre but the psychology fascinates me and I love reading authors takes on the serial killer psyche.
So this authors blurb not only drew me in but also the wonder of what her unique take would be been a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service.
In this read we open on a female perspective walking home, darkness, the sounds in the bushes the stranger on the other side of the road, yet they pass without incident she is at her door about to enter and you feel the tension leave her as safety is hers, but then darkness engulfs her as she is struck from behind and your with her as she pass's out and she realises this could be the end.
Earlier in the evening we now join Alana Loxton starting with a joyful get together of the all female policing team that took down the terrifying serial killer Edward Barratt, the women enjoyed been in each other company again yet with a hint of trepidation from Loxton as she worries at a recent escape attempt by Barratt, but the others are unconcerned.
In the days following we discover that the attacked women was one of the team Emma and now she is missing and Loxton and her partner Kowalski are on the hunt.
Loxton knows in her heart this has something to do with Barrett that he would not rest he said until all the team paid, and her chilling thoughts come to realisation as Emma's body is found and more of the women on the team go missing.
Now Loxton must face Barratt and her worst fears knowing he may hold the answers to everything and yet nothing is more shocking than what she discovers.
I really loved this read it gripped me from the outset Loxton is a wonderful female read and I really enjoyed her passion and conviction in the belief surrounding Barrett, As a spoiler free blog it is difficult to say more on the case but I found the almost silence of the lambs scene with Barrett chilling and captivating and while we had a serial killer in front of us I was also equally fascinated at his supposed inspiration another serial killer and the connection they had woven throughout the story.
Deviously twisted and chilling, this is one of those reads that you don't want to end and leaves you begging for more! Cannot wait for more from this author!
Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a detective Constable in Southwark CID.
She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command.
Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016.
Vicki lives in London with her husband and baby.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.