Published by Orion on June 15, 2021
Source: Net Galley
**THE STANDALONE THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF RAGDOLL - SOON TO BE A MAJOR TV SERIES**
In life she was his muse . . .In death she'll be his masterpiece
1989. DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winters are on the trail of a serial killer with a twisted passion for recreating the world's greatest works of art through the bodies of his victims. After Chambers nearly loses his life, the case goes cold due to lack of evidence. The killer lies dormant, his collection unfinished.
Seven years later. DS Marshall has excelled through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service, despite being haunted by the case that defined her teenage years. She obtains new evidence and joins Chambers and Winters to reopen the case.
However, their resurrected investigation brings about a fresh reign of terror, the team treading a fine line between justice and vigilante in pursuit of a monster far more dangerous and intelligent than any of them had anticipated.
This is a new to me author and when I heard of the tour I knew I wanted to be on it because of hearing so much about the Fawkes and Baxter trilogy.
I listened to the audiobook and I have to say this but I will listen to any book that Jude Owusu narrates! I loved his voice and I loved how he brought the characters to life. One of my favourite scenes is where Winter is pretending he can lipread, I was cracking up with his interpretation of it all. Winter’s to me was my favourite character, throughout it all, he was purest in my eyes. Yes, they all had baggage and were affected by this case in one or another but there was something about Winters that just drew me to him. I just cared about him from the opening scene with the ice sculptor to the closing and the heartbreaking scene at the end.
The way the murderer carries out how the killings were ingenious and makes me slightly terrified of Cole. The sculptures and the way the bodies were placed were cold. All spelt a different meaning for the killer and the intended victim.
It might have been me, but I think I would have been best reading this story because I must admit I did get a bit lost at times. I would be listening and then the narrative would change. I know in a book it would have a page break and I think in the audiobook it lost in translation a little bit. However, once I picked it back up again, I was hooked on the story. However, I would never want to be at a table with Chamber’s mum and wife!! Showdown at dawn!
This is my first book by Cole and I will be back for more. I was intrigued by the murders, Chambers, Winters and Marshall, they are a trio who I definitely would love to see more of. The dynamic between them was a pleasure to listen to. Hopefully, there will be another book because if a dark crime book can make me laugh and pull at the heartstrings, I am there!
Until next time xxx
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: