I find it difficult to judge whether I actually enjoyed this book or not. On the plus side it is an extremely gripping read, very clever plot twists, and a book you end up thinking about while you’re sat at work waiting to get home in the evening to carry on reading it. On the minus side I found the level of violence very disturbing and graphic, and the details of the rape scenes quite sick and repulsive to read. Personally, I’d have preferred it if she’d have toned down these aspects of the book. I don’t feel it was necessary to the story at all – the reader knows the killer is evil and is capable of dreadful acts, couldn’t these acts just have been hinted at rather than so graphically described? I therefore find myself recommending the book to others, but then in the same breath attempting to put them off reading it! This is the first book of Slaughter’s that I have read. Perhaps she chose to include this level of violence in order to catapult herself into the reader’s attention (which she undeniably has done), so maybe her following books aren’t quite so violent.

Anyway, this is a great detective story. It starts with a blind woman being murdered in a ladies’ toilet, and the hunt for the killer is undertaken by the police (led by Jeffrey Tolliver) and the local pathologist (Sara Linton). These two characters also used to be married to each another, so this case therefore brings them into close contact often causing personal tensions and difficulties. The killer has meanwhile kidnapped another woman, who is however released and gives horrifying details of her time at the hands of the killer, but has no idea of his identity. It is a definite page-turner, and a great who-dunnit. And a brilliant twist at the end when the reader learns about Sara’s past history.

But, as I say, I am torn between whether I actually enjoyed it or not. But it is definitely memorable.

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