For this killer, it’s death at first sight…
Two men are found dead in London’s Battersea Park. One of the bodies has been laid out like a crucifix – with his eyes removed and placed on his open palms.
Detective Inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, lead the investigation. But when more bodies turn up in a similar fashion, they find themselves in a race against time to find the sadistic killer.
The hunt leads them to Ladywell Playtower in Southeast London, the home to a religious commune lead by the enigmatic Aaron Cronin. Archer and Quinn suspect Cronin’s involvement but his alibis are watertight, and the truth seemingly buried. If Archer is to find the killer, she must first battle her way through religious fanatics, London gangsters – and her own demons . . .
I absolutely loved book one in this series #TheArtOfDeath so I was really excited to get my hands on book two and to be on the blog tour. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. DI Grace Archer is still struggling with her last case @nonymous, and her kidnapping at the age of 12 by Bernard Morrice the nightmare’s have started again, she is supposed to go to see a therapist but Archer doesn’t trust them with good reason after her last one.
This time round it starts with two bodies found dead and mutilated in Battersea park, a gruesome find for the park keeper, the killings are pretty brutal and very dark. Archer and her partner Quinn are on the case. But Archer also has other things on her mind, the man who killed her father Frankie ‘snow’ White is being released from prison. she’s wondering how to break the news to her grandad who she lives with and who suffers from dementia, but it seems he already knows. Word travels fast.
This is a fast paced gripping read from start to finish, I thought I had an idea who it was committing all the murders, but then something happened totally out of the blue that I didn’t see coming, was a wow moment.
Throughout the story there are several deaths all done with the same MO a lot of the investigating is done by DI Archer, DS Quinn and computer whizz Klara. There are plenty of Red Herrings to trip you up along the way. The whole story is gripping. what does Aaron Cronin have to do with these cases? If anything, but it seems he has some connection with each of the dead. He is now running his own cult of followers The Blood of Lamb Church.
I absolutely love all of the main characters Archer, Quinn, Klara they are all believable and relatable. But also Archer’s grandfather I love the interactions with him and his friend Cosmo it’s not easy for Archer to keep a close eye on him all day because of her work, but she tries to juggle what she can. But what mischief is he up to? Then she finds out he has a secret, she has no idea what the secret is initially, but when he does tell her, it’s just another thing for her to deal with.
If you like a really dark police procedural read, then grab a copy of this, if you haven’t read book one grab a copy of that as well. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel but i personally like to see where a character starts. This will have you engrossed, the tension is there and pumps up, having you turning the pages so fast. The way it ends sets it up nicely for book three, I did manage to guess that bit at the end though, but I can’t wait to see where it goes. A terrific 5⭐️ read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Fennell was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for London at the age of eighteen with £50 in one pocket and a dog-eared copy of Stephen King’s The Stand in the other. He jobbed as a chef, waiter and bartender for several years before starting in a career in writing for the software industry. He has been working in CyberSecurity for fourteen years and is a fierce advocate for information privacy. David has played rugby for Brighton and has studied Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. He us married and he and his partner split their time between Central London and Brighton.
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