DI Jim Carruthers has to put his personal feelings for newly- appointed DCI Sandra McTavish aside when a young student is brutally attacked and left for dead.
Meanwhile, when a university lecturer is stalked by one of her own students, Carruthers is horrified to discover that the academic is none other than his ex-wife, Mairi. Are the attacker and stalker one and the same, and if so, will Carruthers’ ex-wife be next?
When a second then a third victim is discovered, not only dead but mutilated, Carruthers and his team are tasked with searching for a murderer. A murderer who takes great pleasure from killing.
What is the victims’ connection to a cult in North America, which seems to be getting a stranglehold in a Scottish university? Why have these women been targeted? And who is doing the killing?
It looks like there might be a serial killer on the loose in Castletown but can DI Jim Carruthers stop this depraved murderer before they strike again?
My Review: I hate to admit that this is the first Tana Collins book I’ve read but unfortunately it is, however it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this story. We follow the police and a newly demoted DI Jim Carruthers as they investigate a series of attacks and murders in a Scottish seaside university town.
I love police procedural’s which I would class this as but it also has a bit of insight into the personal lives of the detectives which makes them feel more realistic than if they were just focused on work alone. It was interesting to see from their viewpoint how work, particularly murder cases, impacted on their lives.
One thing that came across really well, in my opinion, was the emotions of everyone from the friends and relatives of those attacked to the police themselves who were investigating.
I’ve said before that when I read I also see the books as films in my head. The better written the book the more smoothly the film flows and in this instance it was like a millpond. Everytime I picked up the book I was instantly transported to where I had left off which is exactly what I want to happen when I’m reading. The fact that the story flowed so smoothly is one of a number of reasons as to why I’ll be reading the previous books in this series and looking out for the next ones.
So, if like me you’ve not discovered these fabulous books yet, there’s no time like the present. This book works well without prior knowledge of the characters so get a copy and get stuck in!