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…
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*