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DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winter 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 almost loses his life, the case goes cold due to lack of evidence. The killer lies dormant, his collection unfinished.
DS Jordan Marshall has excelled through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service, despite being haunted by the case that defined her teenage years. Having obtained new evidence, she 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 delivering justice and becoming vigilantes in their pursuit of a monster far more dangerous and intelligent than any of them had anticipated.
WOW, This was one gripping read that I couldn’t put down. Having read Daniel Cole’s previous books I was so excited to get the chance to be on this blog tour. From that first sentence The Day Death Came Visiting to the end I was hooked.
It’s 1989, when Detective Sergeant Benjamin Chambers is called to Hyde Park to examine a statue. He was met there by two other officers Adam Winter and Reilly. A jogger had noticed something unusual about a statue. As Chambers moves in closer climbing a ladder he realises it is a person. But who would do this to someone? the body had been posed as The Thinker a famous sculpture originally made by Rodin. Within a couple of days another call comes in about another body Chambers takes the call and when he arrives Winter and Reilly are there again but this time it’s two bodies a mother and son posed like another famous sculpture by Michelangelo.
Now all Chambers has to do is convince his boss DCI Hamm that the two cases are linked, which is easier said than done, because Hamm doesn’t like Chambers. Unfortunately Chambers and Winter fail to convince Hamm that the two cases are linked. It’s not long before Chambers has a possible suspect and Winter has another one. Then someone comes forward to confess he committed the crimes, as far as Hamm is concerned case closed. But Chambers isn’t convinced and continues to try and work the case watching the two people he suspects looking for evidence until the killer comes for Chambers, trying to kill him luckily Winter and Reilly arrive just in time, but Winter has a choice to make, that night changes their lives forever.
Go forward seven years, a new trainee officer Jordan Marshall is interested in the case, but why? Besides being convinced the person who had confessed hadn’t committed the murders. Can she persuade Chambers and Winter to look back and the case again and work it. A case they will never forget, a case that haunts them even now, for different reasons.
This is at times a rollercoaster ride as the killer starts playing cat and mouse. He always seems to be a few steps ahead each time they come close to apprehending him, how? This is a cleverly plotted well executed thrilling read, that had me completely engrossed. The author cleverly intertwined death with art and mythology. With plenty of suspense and action. Great characters that you are really rooting for. I loved the relationship between Chambers and Winter with it being a dark story there were bits of humour added through some of their banter.
This is definitely another winner for Daniel Cole and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good serial killer read, this is no cozy mystery. This is a killer obsessed with creating works of art from dead bodies but what is his endgame? Or who is his endgame? I give this massive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Cole (@DanielColeBooks) is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the Ragdoll trilogy, which has now been published in over thirty countries and is currently being adapted for TV, He has worked as a paramedic, an animal protection officer and with the RNLI lifeguards, but for the past five years has been describing himself on paperwork as a ‘full-time writer’, Mimic is his fourth novel.
He lives on the South Coast of England and divides his time between the beach and the forest.