When a bizarre set of murders take place in London, three flatmates become embroiled in the terrifying mystery.
Mike, Beatrice and Kerri all share a flat and a passion to move their careers forward. When Mike, a frustrated mime in Trafalgar Square, lays eyes on performance artist Princess, his world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, Kerri is struggling to hold onto her job as a journalist, when she stumbles across a body, which turns out to be the third victim of the Paper Doll Killer. Beatrice, who was once a bestselling author, looks to the series of murders for inspiration but finds a lot more than she bargained for.
As the three flatmates discover they each have links to the killer they start to turn on one another. Who might be next? Why does the killer paint the victim’s cheeks and lips with blood? What purpose do the paper dolls serve?
As the deranged Paper Doll Killer continues to stalk the streets of London there’s only one question that needs to be answered … is anyone safe?
My Review: The first time I read the blurb for this book it reminded me a little of the film Shallow Grave where three flatmates are affected by the death of a fourth. In reality there isn’t really much in common between the film and the book. However, that initial thought was enough to pique my interest and so I decided to read the book.
This is a dark, disturbing book which is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The descriptions are vivid and fit with the story but not everyone is going to enjoy them. However, if dark and disturbing appeals to you then this is definitely worth a read. It kept me on my toes the whole time, the story moves around through four characters (the three flatmates and the killer) but never gets confusing, it just drags you further into the intrigue and increasing desire to know what happens next and who the killer is. I liked that we got to see the killers perspective, it added an extra layer to the story that made it different from the other psychological thrillers I’ve read.
I don’t have to like a character to enjoy a book but I do have to enjoy the writing and the story which is good as I wasn’t hugely keen on Beatrice and I found Mike really irritating, however that didn’t affect my reading or enjoyment of the story at all as they way they behaved added to the story and the way all the characters interacted.
This was a book that I struggled to put down, I read it in the equivalent of a day because it kept pulling me in and making me want to find out more. I believe the author previous books were a different genre but I sine hope she writes more in this one because this was a cracker!
About the author:
Emma Pullar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Her second picture book, Kitty Stuck, was illustrated by her talented daughter who was just twelve-years-old at the time. Four of Emma’s short stories have been published. Her dystopian duology, Skeletal and Avian, are popular with fans of the genre and Emma’s crime debut is out March 2019. She also writes articles for Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting. Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or http://www.emmapullar,com.
Find her on Twitter @EmmaStoryteller or Instagram @emmapullar_storyteller or http://www.emmapullar,com.