Title: Dead to me
Author: Stephen Edger
Published Date: 17 August 2007
How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?
The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still… When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.
Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends… Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.
Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?
I was given this E-Book from Netgalley through Bookouture, for an honest review. My first acceptance through netgalley. I was like an excited kid in the candy shop but this is WAYY fucking better than candy. Yeah you know what I mean!!
There isn’t many books that, I’ve read in two days recently but this one had me gripped from the very first chapter. I just couldn’t fucking put it down.
Detective Kate Matthews is a character that grows on you, yes she has many flaws but I think that is what makes her an excellent character. She is complicated, ruthless, intelligent, interesting and of course a workaholic.
She isn’t the perfect mother, she put her career first but I also think she understands that her job can be very dangerous, I think she struggles with her confidence to believe she CAN be a good mother and this is largely to do with her post-natal depression and her own mother. I really enjoyed seeing the relationship grow between her and her daughter Chloe.
Other characters: Patel I don’t know wether I liked him or not, maybe it is a love and hate relationship. Yes I thought it was great that he helped Kate out, but I don’t know there is something I can’t quite put my finger on.
Now Laura, oh my I really liked her, I think she is going to be a fantastic detective and I like that she trusts Kate although she does take big risks and she really won’t stop for nothing until she finds out the truth and closes the case. I’m looking forward to seeing how Kate and Laura’s relationship will hopefully blossoms.
Honestly, this book had me till the bitter end. Stephen did a fantastic job of telling this story. There was many investigations going on throughout this book which other detectives was in charge of. But he wrote it so well, that I didn’t get confused (which can be very easy I tell you, brain like a fish). And it kept you wanting to know more like right NOW!! It is a fast- paced and thrilling. It had so many twists and turns and he certainly had you guessing the whole way through.. I love and breather murder and serial killers and I didn’t have a clue who it was until the last few chapters. I love how it was told from Kate’s perspective and gives insight into police procedures. Yes a few rules was bent but who cares aslong as the serial killer is caught, right?
If you love an interesting serial killer thriller that keeps you guessing and guessing, you just HAVE to pick this up and read it. I CANNOT wait for the next book in this fabulous series.
Stephen Edger is a British crime and thriller author, who has been writing since 2010. Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen uses his extensive knowledge of the city as the setting for all his novels and short stories. Stephen has a full time job in financial services, as well as a Law degree. He is married, and has two children (Emily and Ethan), as well as two West Highland Terriers. Stephen cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.
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