DCI Warren Jones is deep into the investigation into an apparent murder-suicide when another case is thrust onto his desk. Winnie Palmer, missing for two months, has been found dead, her body stripped and propped against a tree in the woods.
Two cases are more than enough to handle – but things get even harder for the team when they realise the cases might be linked. And when a third suspicious death is added to the pile, it raises a horrible question. Is there a serial killer on the loose?
With all the murders taking place on Sundays, it’s a race against time to find the killer before they strike again. As the days tick by Warren desperately searches for a link between the victims – but the only thing he knows for sure is that absolutely anyone could be next…
My thoughts: this was a clever, gripping crime thriller. A murderer seems to be killing people indiscriminately – an older couple, an elderly woman, but putting out food for the family pet each time. Each killing takes place on Sundays. So the police have a week to find the killer.
But they’re struggling and Warren is a little distracted by his new diet and the fact his wife is finally pregnant. His boss is retiring, change is in the air at the station and now with this spate of killings, all eyes are on Warren and his team.
Another body turns up, and the heat turns up on the team. And now the killer is writing to Warren. Detailed diaries of the murders, taunting Warren. Like certain historical serial killers. As it unfolds, Warren is easily the most sympathetic figure in the book. He has a lot on his plate and wants to catch the killer.
I really enjoyed this book, as with the previous books in the series, the writing is crisp and the plot keeps you gripped. The denouement delivers a surprise or two and I was stunned by the identity of the killer and his frankly bizarre reason for killing.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.