When Mary receives a blank diary as a present, she thinks nothing of it. Until she opens the diary, and sees it’s not blank after all…
1st January MURDER LISA, OXFORD
1st February MURDER JANE, BIRMINGHAM
1st March MURDER DAVID, CARDIFF
1st April MURDER MARY, CHELTENHAM
Is this some kind of sick joke? But…it’s the end of January now. And a woman named
Lisa was murdered in Oxford on 1st January.
Does that mean there really is a killer out there, planning to commit a new murder on the first of each month? And is the Mary due to be killed on 1st April her?
The clock is ticking for Mary to uncover the truth, before she becomes the next victim on the killer’s list…
Jackie Kabler is an internationally bestselling author of psychological thrillers including The Perfect Couple, Am I Guilty? and The Happy Family. She worked as a newspaper reporter and
then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News
and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She now combines her crime writing with her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
My thoughts: this reminded me a little of one of Agatha Christie’s books – possibly The ABC Murders, which if I remember correctly contains a list of names, but this is a clever and modern thriller. Much like Mary, I couldn’t figure out who the killer was, why they have selected these particular victims and how they’re going to get to Mary now the police are aiming to keep her safe.
There are several twists at the end that put an entirely different spin on the plot and the characters, there’s some shocking things that Mary has kept secret. And the killer – no spoilers, but I never saw it coming.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.