Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 205 pages (approx.)
This is book 1 in the DI Sally Parker series.
I have awarded this book 5 stars.
Synopsis: DI Sally Parker has a serial killer on her patch. One thing that sets this killer apart from the others she’s hunted before: his willingness to leave DNA at each of the crime scenes. It’s up to Sally and her partner DS Jack Blackman to find out why before the body count rises to double figures. While Sally is engrossed in the investigation, her ex-husband, Darryl, pays a surprise visit to her new home. His actions not only threaten Sally’s new-found confidence, but they also force the DCI to give Sally an ultimatum concerning the case.
Can Sally overcome all the obstacles fate has placed in her path and arrest the brazen killer?
Review: I will happily admit that part of me didnt want to start reading this book. Comley’s Justice series is great and I was worried that this book would be more of the same, just with different names. However, I should never have had those thoughts as it simply wasnt true. There were parallels in parts, but this is definitely it’s own story. In fact, I’m even tempted to say that it is my new favourite book written by Comley!
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and unpredictable and the characters were well developed and believable.
From the very beginning of this book, I was hooked. The story opens with an encounter that goes very differently to what I had imagined! Comley left me guessing throughout as to who the killer was and how he would be caught. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing, too!
I really liked the character of Sally and found her to be very realistic. She is a strong woman in a strong role at work, but still capable of showing her vulnerabilities at home and still finds herself in difficult situations. I also greatly enjoyed the storyline of Sally’s work partner, Jack. I found myself cringing at the situation he was in! I feel it is important to note that I did not find this information about the characters personal lives to distracting or overpowering, but rather felt that it added depth to the characters.
I also loved the references to the star of Comley’s Justice series, Lorne Simpkins, and the references to other works in this genre (such as Linda S. Prather’s ‘Beyond a Reasonable Doubt). Very clever!
All in all, a superb start to the series and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
★★★★★ – Fast paced and unpredictable with believable characters. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested! A great start to the series! Very highly recommended.
Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)