The blurb …
A serial killer will stop at nothing…
His most valuable possession has been stolen. Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others. But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.
If you have read it
You must die
My review …
I was thrilled when my copy of this book landed on the doormat, mainly because it was one of the first physical proofs I have ever received (I will always remember it) and secondly because it was a hardback! The cover is striking and the blood spattered end papers give a hint of what’s to come. I didn’t realise what a popular book I had in my hands until I posted on Instagram and I had so many comments from hardcore Chris Carter fans who had read the whole Robert Hunter series.
This is not a genre that I usually read, because I’m a bit of a wimp, but I think it’s good to read out of your comfort zone sometimes and I loved it!
The story is set three weeks before Christmas in LA. We meet troubled soul Angela Wood who is a pickpocket working in a bustling shopping street and, unfortunately for her, she picks on the wrong man. She steals a bag containing the journal of a depraved killer and she knows she’s made a monumental mistake.
The journal ends up with Detective Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. The journal appears to be a kill diary and the detectives need to figure out who it belongs to before it’s too late. But this is no ordinary killer. He is intelligent, controlled, meticulously organised, he doesn’t make mistakes and he doesn’t lose!
I’m absorbed straightaway. The story telling is effortlessly smooth. The chapters are short and together with the urgent nature of the plot makes this a real page turner.
The characters were so well drawn I felt like I knew them and could picture them in my mind straightaway. I loved Hunter’s character and his relationship with Garcia, they make a great team and complement each other perfectly. Hunter is calm, intelligent, professional and completely convincing. He is an expert in psychology and criminal behaviour and you can tell that the author knows exactly what he is talking about. The details and insights into what appears to be a delusional schizophrenic serial killer are absolutely fascinating!
As previously mentioned, I am a wimp, and Chris Carter’s books are known to be pretty gory and violent, which at times I found difficult to read, but I’m sure that’s what the author wants, so, mission accomplished!
I found this to be a great standalone book in a series of eleven featuring Robert Hunter. It didn’t matter at all that I hadn’t read the others, apart from a brief hint of a past romance for Hunter that made me wonder about his back story.
Overall this book is a full on, dark, sickening, tense, fast paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as Hunter and Garcia race to catch an evil killer. And I loved it!
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster and Chris Carter for my copy of the book and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for this fantastic book, which is OUT NOW!
About the author …
Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney’s Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London.
Visit his website http://www.chriscarterbooks.com
P.S. I was saddened to read in the Dedication and Acknowledgments that whilst writing this book Chris sadly lost his partner and I would like to offer my sincere condolences 💔
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