The body of a baby is found in the woods but all is not as it seems.
A twisted serial killer is targeting pregnant teenage girls.
DI Blood races against the clock to stop the most chilling murderer he’s ever hunted. His private life meanwhile threatens to distract him and derail his investigation.
Any mistakes, any hesitation on his side, could cost another innocent life …
Eileen Wharton is an Oscar winning actress, Olympic gymnast, and Influencer. She also tells lies for a living. Her first novel was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. And she’s won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author. She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty-three to fourteen years of age, and has no plans to procreate further, much to the relief of the local schools and police force. She lives on a council estate in County Durham. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna. She’s retired from arguing with people on the internet.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, I liked DI Blood, he felt like a real person – trying to balance his job, grim as it is, with dealing with his crazy ex-wife, his children and his crush on his best friend and former sister-in-law. The case is pretty dark, young women are being murdered and so are their unborn babies. Anything involving children is bound to be pretty terrible but this seems completely monstrous and the cops are at a loss.
Meanwhile Sue is dealing with the disappearance of a young girl, and her mother’s behaviour is very odd. Sobbing one minute and then playing video games and yelling at her other kids the next. Something is off here but Sue’s own past is colouring her vision. She’s also worried about her daughter, and looking for her long missing brother.
Blood is juggling a lot and worried about more young women being killed – he can’t figure out the connection. Is it the slightly weird church they all seem to have gone to, is it the gymnastics centre his niece attends, what connects these young women? And how does the killer know them?
There’s a lot happening in both the cases and in the detectives lives, and the pace is relentless. Racing against time, even more so when Sue and Rachel are put in danger, can Blood stop the murderer? Cracking stuff.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.