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Will you look her in the eyes, just before she dies? A terrifying crime thriller that will set your pulse pounding.
On the streets of London, a vicious killer is using social media to turn murder into entertainment . . .
I, Killer has posted two photos of his first victim online – Before Death and After Death. They’ve gone viral before DCI Fenton’s team even discovers the body.
Soon, another victim’s photo is similarly posted . . . and so begins the killer’s following.
DCI Fenton is determined to discover the identity of I, Killer before another innocent life is claimed. Then the case takes a dark turn, and Fenton’s search becomes a matter of life or death for him and his young daughter.
But as I, Killer’s body-count rises, his number of online followers is growing – and he loves to give his fans what they want . . .
Now You See is the debut novel by Max Manning. If you enjoy fast paced, gritty crime thrillers with a modern twist, then I would definitely recommend that you give this book a go. It makes for a gripping and a compelling first novel. Max is a writer who I will be keeping an eye on.
The body of a young woman is found in Victoria Park, London, but what shocks the police and the public is when images of her body, taken before and after her murder, are posted all over social media. It seems that this is a new, sadistic way in which the killer is taunting the family of the victim and the police. It is clear that they are facing a killer with a thirst for attention and an appetite for killing. And it isn’t long before a second body is found. The police know that they are racing against the clock to solve the case before the killer strikes again, but the investigation really heats up when the killer starts to get personal. DCI Dan Fenton soon finds himself working on his own as he desperately tries to hunt down the suspect.
The case is lead by Detective Chief Inspector Dan Fenton. Dan is often torn between doing what is right for his daughter (his only child) and his profession. This aspect is what made Dan’s character feel fresh and it was a side to him that I really liked. He has suffered the pain of losing his wife at such a young age and you can quite clearly see the worry he has for his daughter and for her well-being.
In his debut, Max explores the dark side of social media and how some of us have a touch of darkness inside us. This is reflected in the public’s fascination with the I, Killer’s social media accounts as the killer post photos of their victim’s dead body. There are even some members of the public who beg for more.
One of the main aspects of the plot I found interesting was the motivations behind the killer’s attacks. We hear from the voice of the killer throughout the book, and these short chapters offer us a glimpse into the killer’s deranged mind. Max did manage to throw me off course in the book, I thought I had worked out who the killer was, but he did take me by surprise. Throughout the book he keeps up the thrill of the chase as Fenton and his team try to track the killer down.
This is a gripping first novel from Max Manning, as the plot raced towards the climax I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I am looking forward to seeing what’s in store for DCI Dan Fenton next.
Publication date: 1st November 2017 (kindle) 19th April 2018 (paperback)
Print length: 352 pages
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