A secret buried for two thousand years. The rise of an ancient evil. An invisible killer who will stop at nothing.

When a brutal serial killer defies all known methods, the police call in prolific lawyer and former homicide detective, Charlie Priest, to assist the Hunt.

Working together they soon discover a link to a lost scripture that contains a secret so devastating that its custodians are prepared to die to keep it.

Tangled in a dark world of fanaticism, chaos and deadly secrets, Priest comes up against a nemesis more formidable and deranged than any he has previously encountered.

There is no judgement Day. There is something far worse.


This is the third novel to feature London lawyer Charlie Priest, this is the first one I have read, so I was looking forward to seeing how this book went.

I was a little confused at the beginning with the bible scripture, but as I started reading it it began to make more sense. There is a serial killer on the loose apparently just killing random people, he leaves no trace of himself at all except for a strange drawing.

Tiff Rowlinson is the SIO, he approaches Charlie Priest, who is a former Homicide detective and a serial killer expert, and asks him if he will assist in the hunt. Is this because he has a brother who is a serial killer?

The basic premise is to catch a serial killer who has a religious bent. Some of this is a little bit unbelievable but it’s a story so anything goes. I wish I had got to know Charlie a bit more through the previous books I may have to rectify that. This is a high octane thriller with plot twists that work well and keep you guessing.

Despite some of the storyline being a bit more out there, more on conspiracy sites, than in the non conspiracy area, but it shows the depth of the Mr Hazels imagination. I mean at the beginning of the book there is a supposedly lost Dead Sea scroll.

The story is told from the third person point of view as far as the investigating goes mostly Charlie’s view, occasionally there was a bit of first person from the serial killer. By doing this it paints a picture of an intelligent, organised if not slightly delusional man.

Unfortunately I struggled to get into this book , there are scenes that keep you interested with a steady flow of reveals, some action scenes and a few twists so it does keep you on your toes somewhat.

I do like the character Charlie Priest, he is smart, plans things out and is dedicated in the task he is set. He also has a serial killer for a brother who is a great character who lurks in the pages.

I may have got on better with the book had I read the previous two books which would have helped me a bit with the characters. Overall this is a good entertaining, in its own way kind of read.

I would recommend anyone who likes serial killer books to give this a go, but maybe start with the first book in the series. I know that is my own opinion but I do like to start at the beginning. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel though.

I will give this book four stars out of five. This book is available to pre order now it is due for release on the 19th September 2019 as an ebook, paperback or audiobook.

I would like to thank netgalley and Bonnie Zaffre for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review of the book.


Before turning his hand to writing, James Hazel was a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and employment law.

He was an equity partner in a regional law firm and held a number of different department hardships until he quit legal practise to pursue his dream of becoming an author.

He has a keen interest in criminology and a passion for crime thrillers, indie music and all things retro.

James lives on the edge of the Lincolnshire wolds with his wife and three children.

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