On a damp October day, a body is found in an abandoned hospital, too burnt to be identified, but Detective Alex King knows that every victim is someone’s daughter or son.
Pushing aside her own troubles, Alex puts everything into finding the killer, but when someone else is found dead, she begins to suspect that the body in the hospital was just the first of many.
Just as Alex uncovers a heartbreaking link between the victims, she finds her own safety under threat. Is this a figure from her past hell-bent on revenge, or could the murderer be even nearer than she thinks?
Alex is running out of time. Can she catch the killer before they take another life, or will they get to her first?
I’ve read and enjoyed both of Victoria Jenkins previous books in this series, but her third novel, Nobody’s Child takes her writing up another level. This is the best book yet in this series and I enjoyed catching up with Alex King and Chloe Lane again. All three books can be read as standalones, but I would highly recommend picking up the first two as well.
Victoria had me gripped from the opening pages of this book. This time Alex and Chloe are investigating a suspicious death after a body has been found in an old hospital after being torched. What isn’t clear at the beginning, is if the victim was deliberately targeted, or if his death was an unfortunate accident. But as the police begin to investigate, more crimes of a similar nature begin to take place. The police soon realise they are facing a callous killer who they are certain will kill again.
There was a lot of suspense in this book. The story is told from different points of view, primarily from the detectives working on the case, but also from the families at the centre of the investigation. One family in particular really had me wondering if they were going to be connected to the crimes and Victoria injected a real sense of danger into her writing, in the scenes they were featured in. There were some clever reveals, which I wasn’t expecting, and Victoria delivered a chilling ending. Towards the end she kept me on tenterhooks as I waited to find out what was going to happen to one of her characters. I’m not going to say any more here as I don’t want to spoil it.
This is shaping up to be an excellent crime series that I am certainly keen to follow. Victoria always delivers a fast paced novel and each one has kept me gripped. If you’re looking for a fast paced crime series, you need look no further. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance reading copy and to Noelle Holton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publication date: 19th June 2018
Print length: 277 pages
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