D.I. Luc Callanach is back ! I read the Perfect Remains earlier this year and loved it. I have been eagerly awaiting this next book Perfect Prey, it has not disappointed !
It still retains the main characters from the first and adds some interesting ones to the cast. This is brutal, gritty and very well written in this intense thriller. The plot is vast as is the cast. There was one particular character I hated with a passion,so well has he been written, another one had my heart in my mouth with worry, another I wanted to shake some sense into. Lesley’s characters bring out emotions from the reader showing how well she has developed them.
The main premise of the story is with two bodies being discovered. One is a crowd of 1,000’s at a festival, the other found in a dumpster. Both victims are good, kind and innocent, the pressure from top brass, press and public to solve the cases add pressure that becomes apparent as frustrations rear up. An outsider approaches with an offer of help, he has found a clue while doing his own research, not a person you would normally associate with helping, but with him and another unlikely source they work with Callanach, to delve into the murkier world of information gathering.
I was addicted with this book from the very beginning, again Helen as proven that she can grab a reader from the first paragraph. Her characters are a diverse bunch with various different traits, backgrounds and ethics, and very memorable. As for the plot, well it is anything but simple, it has been very well planned and thought through with many different twists. You only work out the plot when Helen allows you to. I had no idea who or why these murders took place until I was reading as the characters were starting to add things up. There is some technological aspects in the story, but it is basic and well enough explained so as not to slow the story with too much detail.
This book works well as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the first one, there are elements in it that help with the second, even though the second does give brief explanations of prior events.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of Crime / Thriller genres. It is a real page turner. I would like to mention my thanks to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Helen Fields for my eARC copy of this book. My views are my own, they are honest and unbiased.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Helen Fields herself is a force to be reckoned with.
An ex Criminal Barrister, she’s used her experiences dealing with some of this country’s most terrifying criminals to create a killer who will strike fear into your soul. Not only that, but she now runs her own film making company (aptly named Wailing Banshee).
Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving.
Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.
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- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Avon (27 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008181586
- ISBN-13: 978-0008181581
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