Overview from Barnes and NobelFrom the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the “truly excellent series”* featuring Detective Helen Grace.A man’s body is found in an empty house.
A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.
He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is—or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....
This was the second book I have read by M.J. Arlidge with Detective Helen Grace as the main character. I had to go back to review the first book, Eeny Meeny,(see my review of it here) to figure out the story line. I am one of those readers who doesn't really remember much about a book after I have read it. I read for enjoyment. And unless the book is really, really good I usually just don't remember them. Are any of the rest of you like that? It's probably why I often will begin reading a book and it starts to niggle at my brain "I know how this is going to end" then I realize I have read it before. Of course that is not true for books that I have loved!!
This story is very believable. That is important to me when I read mysteries and thrillers. If I don't think it can REALLY happen then I usually lose interest. Maybe that is why so many of the Stephen King books and books like Harry Potter don't appeal to me. I am not much into magical thinking.
The main character of this book is strongly written. And well developed. I had to keep going back to the first book to catch up with some of the other main characters. But only for a bit.
I liked this book. The ending wasn't predictable. I had not figured out who the killer was. That is always a plus!