A girl’s body found mutilated by a boat’s propeller, another dumped at the bottom of a slipway, and a disused Norfolk mill, hiding the secret to both.
A COLD DENSE shadow fell over Jane Richardson as she hurried along the concrete towpath. To her left, moonlight danced over the River Bure’s untroubled surface as it slipped silently past, heading back the way she’d come. A low-hanging branch scratched at her face as she ducked underneath. From somewhere far behind her came the shriek of laughter, slicing through the air, only to fall silent a moment later to leave nothing but the sound of her high heels, click-clacking out a stark but steady beat.
When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.
At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.
As a more intimate relationship begins between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.
Oh wow, what a terrific start of a new series. As soon as I opened the book, I was lost, lost in the story. Unfortunately, one has to sleep from time to time. If not I would have devoured the book in one go.
I loved DI Tanner and the banter between him and Jenny. It was very interesting to get a peek in the DI’s past which gave us a better impression of the person behind the police officer.
I enjoyed the story a lot and this was also due to the author’s fluent writing style.
The author managed to create such an intriguing and captivating story that the fact that I figured out where the culprit could be found, did not disturb me in the least. I was proud of myself that my flashbulb moment seemed to be correct and the author kept me glued to my chair during the revelations of who and why. He gave me an ‘ OH NOOOOO’ almost panic attack but all is well that ends well. Phew! (*throws away sweaty tissue )
I can’t wait to read the next part. This one deserves the full 5 stars.
Thank you, David Blake and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo.
About the author
David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fourteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his fifteenth, St. Benet’s, which is the follow-up to his debut crime fiction thriller, Broadland.
When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.
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