‘Brilliant visceral writing with terrific pace, this book grips you like a vice from the very first line and never lets you go’ PETER JAMES
A brilliantly breath-taking thriller with twists you’ll never see coming. The start of a new series from international bestseller Arne Dahl.
Someone is watching.
At each abandoned crime scene there's a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog, almost invisible to the naked eye. Someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, and that someone knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.
When another teenaged girl disappears without trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial kidnapper and possible killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest kidnap victim, Sam is forced to unearth long buried personal demons – he has no choice if he is to understand the brute’s darkly personal message before time runs out. Somebody is killing just for him.
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book - a crime scene containing cryptic clues. Of course the book had to have some scene setting before the story began properly, but I was getting impatient to find out what the clues were and how they would be solved. Therefore the beginning for me was a little too drawn out.
I didn't have to wait too long though before a great plot unfolded. Sam is investigating the disappearance of a 15 year old girl and he is convinced it is tied to other disappearances. He thinks he has the lead he needs but it only leads to him becoming a suspect in the disappearances.
This books is o very clever with lots of little twists and turns along the way. The plot in some ways reminds me of a modern Sherlock Holmes story. The writing is so descriptive that I felt the tension at every turn, especially in the interview room.
Once the story really takes off there was no stopping me - I was turning the pages as fast I could to try and second guess this story. However, it's so unusual that I had no idea where it was going to end. Which brings me to the end - what a cliffhanger. I don't do spoilers so I will leave you to read the book blind as I did - you will want more.
A distinctive author, I will be reading more of his books.
I'm giving this book 4 out of 5 stars - mainly due to the slow start.
My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book to review.