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Being a lover of crime fiction, as soon as I picked Dead of Winter off my "to be reviewed" shelf, the teaser on the front cover already had me itching to start reading : "A family slaughtered, the murderer not found. 13 years later, he kills again." Oooh a ruthless serial killer on the loose. Sounds good already ! But that's just the beginning.
The family that was slaughtered over a decade ago was actually the wife and daughter of ex-cop Callum Carmichael so the police are already feeling ill at ease about not looking after one of their own and finding the culprit, especially when their work was sloppy with compromised evidence and incomplete files completing the fiasco. But Callum was always a bit of an enigmatic figure, even back then - possibly suffering from post traumatic stress after his time in Special Forces, could he have done the dastardly deed himself ? And if he didn't, will he call in old favours and use the tricks of the trade gleaned from his past career to go all out to get justice for himself?
I read a lot of crime fiction but I still found this to be a nail-biting, highly original plot which is all the more macabre and chilling because it is actually quite feasible. I won't spoil it by telling you any more but it's a cracking story.
Rookie cop Ebony Willis, on her first murder investigation and with a horrible skeleton in her own closet, is an interesting but, I felt, under-developed character, so I'm hoping we'll see more of her in future novels.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £6.99
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 Dec 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849838577
- ISBN-13: 978-1849838573
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5 cm
Disclosure : I received a review copy of the book.
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