This was quite a breath stealing ride with connections so deep amongst the characters that it took me time to get to know them.
A different concept, death due to poison in the tattoos. A new murderer in town who abducted women, drilled their hands and feet, and tattooed their backs, which caused their deaths within 24 hours. It was upto DI Francis and tattoo artist Marni to get to the truth.
My first book by author Alison Belsham, though second in the series, there were shadows of the first book in this which took me time to understand. The investigative section was written in a suspenseful manner. I could feel the frustration and determination of the team as more girls got taken. Francis was great as the protagonist, the emotions he showed were endearing. It was his intelligence which solved the case in a rocking finale.
Though the cops were a bit rigid in their outlook, I realized that the author had portrayed this part realistically as most do take the easy way in real life. The writing was complexed yet easy to understand. In spite of not knowing the characters, it was easy to get to know them. A lot of personal information was written which gave me the feeling of a thriller more than police procedural.
Overall, a fun read.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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The body count is rising…and the clock is ticking.
When a young woman is attacked and left fighting to survive in hospital, the police are pulled into a race against time to save her life. But just 24 hours later, she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body.
And when another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton.
His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of Francis’s lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?
Publication Date: 6th February 2020