Anne Bonny #BookReview Perfect Match by @Thorne_D 4* #CrimeFiction #NewRelease @CorvusBooks There are bad dates, and there are killer dates. . . .

Perfect Match by D.B Thorne

When Solomon’s sister is found drugged and in a coma after an online date, Solomon can’t believe this was just a terrible accident. Determined to find out what happened to his sister, and with the police unwilling to help, Solomon begins to investigate on his own. He soon uncovers a rash of similar cases of women who have been found brutally murdered or assaulted after an online date.

There is a predator out there working the streets of London, preying on young women. Solomon sets out to bring him to justice, putting him on a collision course with a deadly killer who is fiendishly clever and more twisted than anyone could possibly imagine…

My Review:

The novel opens with Tiffany (Solomon’s sister) being watched by her on/off boyfriend Robbie White. He is a controlling and domineering man, known to be violent.
The case should be, oh so very straight forward, accept it isn’t!

Solomon sits at his sister’s hospital bedside. She lays in the bed in intensive care at the Royal London Hospital. She has a broken arm and missing teeth.
Somebody subjected Tiffany to a brutal beating.

Inspector Helen Fox is the police officer tasked with solving the obvious case of assault. Fox has little interest in the case and effectively blames the victim for her own beating. Fox is happy to list the case as an accident/suicide attempt gone wrong. This infuriates Solomon and leads him to form his own investigation.

The theme of the victim being blamed for her own assault, is the one that held my interest. Tiffany comes from a criminal family, dead parents and a chaotic lifestyle all help to disinterest the police. The assumptions and stereotypes are quickly formed. Stripper soon becomes prostitute and drugs in her system quickly becomes drug addict. The thought process used in the novel, has played out in real-life cases.
Why can the police/media be so cruel to society’s most vulnerable, when they are the victims of crime?

The unconventional lifestyle of the young victim Tiffany, drives the narrative. Solomon is concerned she will become the victim nobody cares about. This theme really got me thinking, it’s almost as if, society needs to believe violent crime happens to those who it deems ‘deserve’ it. Whilst this is an incredibly harsh sense of justice rolled out to mainly female victims of crime; I think the novel opens it up to much debate.

Solomon continues to investigate other possible previous cases of the attacker.
Has the attacker struck before? What is the motive?

The novel is what I could call ‘technology inspired crime fiction’. As the themes of internet and online dating, play their part. Which is intriguing and popular within the genre. For me personally the most haunting theme was the victimisation of women and how some victims aren’t deemed worthy.

A cracking crime fiction read! 4*

D.B Thorne

#BlogTour #Review – #Troll by #DBThorne @Thorne_D @CorvusBooks

Troll (blog tour poster)

Troll by D.B Thorne

The synopsis:

Years ago, Fortune gave up on his daughter, Sophie, after a troubled adolescence. Now she’s gone missing, vanished without trace. And after weeks of investigation, the police have given up on her, too.

Driven by guilt, and a determination to atone for his failures as a father, he takes on the search himself. He soon finds that his daughter had been living in fear of a vicious online troll who seemed to know far too much about her. Could Sophie’s disappearance be linked to this unknown predator? Fortune is about to discover that monsters which live online don’t always stay there…

My review:

As a blogger myself I found the plot of this novel terrifying! An internet troll that relentlessly pursues and harasses a blogger. It literally screamed at me to be read! However, it is also a very thought-provoking novel on the themes of parental responsibility and harsh/quick judgements we may make towards the victims of crime.

Fortune, gave up on his daughter during her troubled adolescence. Now he is back in London searching for her! Sophie, his daughter is a young woman living a lonely and isolated existence in Hackney London. She works for a scandal type magazine and blogs similar content. Celebs drug use, affairs and mental health problems etc. Sophie isn’t frightened of the monsters that lurk online………that is until it’s too late!

Fortune is currently living in Dubai, where he works within private banking. Having flown back to the UK, he meets with Marsh the only police officer working the case to locate Sophie and ever Marsh has given up! We learn that the police have lost interest in the case, Sophie was known to have had suicidal ideation and been in trouble with the police of late. There’s no body, no leads and no one cares! I found this quite thought-provoking, do we regard ‘troubled’ people in society as less worthy? That somebody’s mental health problems would lower them in the hierarchy in society! When statistics tell us that having mental health problems, actually increases your chances of being a victim of violent crime!

Fortune investigates Sophie’s flat, her workplace and her friends. Yet he comes only across small pieces of a larger puzzle. Similarly, we read chapters from within Sophie’s blog, we become aware of ‘starry ubado 9’ an online troll sending Sophie violent and threatening messages via comments on her blog. We also learn that Sophie was attempting to take down celeb Charlie Jackson, for his known trysts with underage and often drugged up young girls. Is Charlie the Troll? When 90 Million goes missing from online accounts, oh which fortune is responsible for managing. You have to ask who is the target of the hatred Sophie or Fortune?

This is a novel where you never truly know the motives of those involved. Your second guessing every character involved and asking are they the troll? It makes for interesting reading in this modern age of social media, where we are internet and phone obsessed.
A dark yet intriguing 4* read!

D.B Thorne
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