Night Is Watching by Lucy Cameron
Can You Feel Your Blood Drain…
Couples are being slaughtered in their homes; women drained of blood, men violently beaten. There are no clues to track the killer, no explanation as to why an increasing amount of blood is being removed from the crime scenes.
Detective Sergeant Rhys Morgan is seconded to the ‘Couples Killer’ investigation. Tormented by vivid nightmares, he hasn’t slept soundly for weeks becoming convinced a creature from these nightmares poses a threat to him and his family. His behaviour becomes increasingly erratic causing his bosses to wonder if he’s the right man for the job.
As clues to the killer’s identity are uncovered, the line between what is real and what cannot be starts to blur and Rhys discovers the answer to catching the killer and exorcizing his own demons, may be as irrational as he fears.
This novel is extremely dark and definitely not one for the faint hearted! It opens straight into a crime scene, a crime scene of violent torture. With one murdered body and one life barely clinging on. Detective Sergeant Rhys Morgan has his work cut out for him. The murder is quickly linked to the ‘couple’s killer’ a series of local murders where the female is drained of her blood and the male beaten to death. With no evidence and no known links between previous victims, Rhys has little to go on but theories and speculation.
The characterisation is done very well. All the characters have depth in their background and there is a wide variety of them. It can very confusing at times due to the quick shift between various characters but that could also be down to my reading speed. In particular, the character of ‘vile little boy’ brought tears to my eyes. An abused child that never stood a chance in a ‘home’ where the father/step father character ‘strong hands’ is abusive in every fashion.
Detective Inspector Andrews is assisting on the case, whilst also trying to maintain and hide his own struggling mental health problems. When he suggests that the murders are linked to a Nosferatu, a demon form, due to the missing blood. The team consider him to be slipping into the abyss. This novel has huge themes of gothic horror and is definitely unique in it’s spin on crime fiction. What is Nosferatu? Why are the team so quick to dismiss a theory? Is Andrews really mad or spotting a theme in the murders?
There is some added background on Rhys and we learn his big sister Jenny disappeared at 14. I liked that this added to the drama of Rhys character and enabled throw backs to the past! The novel continues at break neck speed and intensity, with more and more violence and gothic horror. Hugely recommend for fans of that cross over genre.
Born in London and having lived in South Wales, Liverpool, York and Nottingham, Lucy currently lives in a shed in her Dad’s garden in Scotland where she wears thermals for warmth and writes by candlelight.
Lucy studied Fine Art at university which allowed her to get a glittering career in… food retail. Working sixty hours a week in retail management hampered Lucy’s writing until a career-break took her to Scotland and the rest, as they say in history… Or should that be (crime) fiction?
Lucy’s debut novel ‘Night Is Watching’ is due to be published by Caffeine Nights Publishing on 6th April 2017. To find out more visit www.lucycameronwriter.co.uk