Now You See by Max Manning
Will you look her in the eyes, just before she dies? A terrifying crime thriller that will set your pulse pounding. Perfect for fans of M. J. Arlidge, Robert Bryndza, and Angela Marsons.
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. Then the murderer makes the hunt personal, and Fenton’s search becomes a matter of life or death for him and his 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…
This is a debut novel featuring DCI Dan Fenton. The plot follows a series of brutal and ritualistic murders. That are then depicted online.
Which creates a nightmare for the police officers trying to track down the killer!
The novel opens with an image of a dead woman, but with no body! The Police must wait until the body is discovered to see if there is any viable forensic evidence. All attempts at tracing the internet account leads to dead ends!
There are alternative chapters with the killer’s narrative running alongside the police who are desperate to track him down. When the victims begin to pile up and they have absolutely no connection whatsoever! The team are baffled! Who is the killers target? What message is he trying to send?
The killer comes out with some chilling thoughts, written almost as one liners or quotes! They make your blood run cold!
“That’s the beauty of the relationship between predator and prey. It’s not personal”
The killer seems determined to use the murders as a form of entertainment. Draw an audience and saviour the attention.
The first victim is 27-year-old nurse, Lauren Bishop. Who had her throat slashed on her way to a night shift. Her ex-boyfriend immediately becomes the prime suspect! But he is quite the interesting character himself. Adam Blake, was a journalist and has some hidden trauma in his past.
Did this tip him over the edge into murder? Did he finally snap?
The protagonist police officer, also has a complicated past and it becomes apparent that, there is so much more to Dan Fenton than meets the eye. When someone close to him is targeted personal, he is removed from the case.
So in a bizarre twist of fate Blake and Fenton end up working together under the radar…….
This is a clever debut novel and I would definitely read more in the series! My only wish is that the novel had been slightly darker in its theme! It bordered upon it, but I never felt terrified of the killer! But I am left in no doubt that this will come in time as the foundations of a dark edgy thriller are all clearly there! 4*
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