Synopsis: Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.
With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.
Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.
The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?
My review: Another day, another fast paced thriller. One of the things I liked about this one is how fallible DI Carter is. She makes mistakes; she gets it wrong chasing a potential suspect right from the start which sets up a narrative of whether she’s the right woman for the job searching for a serial killer. You have to admire her dedication to the job; I’m not sure she gets any sleep for the whole of the book! Which is often pointed out.
There are so many twists and turns in the hunt for this killer. The why-do-it remains a mystery throughout most of it. As it becomes clear the pattern is linked to an accidental death in a health spa several years previously we are given insights into the killers mind but the full links come at the end. Which I liked.
I liked the characters; there’s not too much detail on many of them but they seem to gel well on the pages and hopefully with further books we may get a little bit more. I liked the dynamic with fellow DI Shearer who she believes is out to get her (there was a teeny tiny bit of him being the boy who picks on the girl he fancies at school between them. She’s widowed; he’s divorced so who knows how that one will play out)
This book had me gripped from the start, it was impossible to put down and I can’t wait for the next one
Release date 30th may 2017
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