The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
The Scars Beneath the Soul by Dave Sivers
In a quiet market town in Buckinghamshire, a brutal killer strikes, shattering any illusions Detective Inspector Lizzie Archer might have had about her new patch in Aylesbury Vale being a sleepy hollow.
Disfigured in the line of duty, Archer has transferred in from the Met, hoping to make a fresh start in her life and her career. The last thing she needs is an awkward colleague, but that is what she seems to find in Detective Sergeant Dan Baines.
Baines bears scars of his own, the kind that cannot be seen. Eleven years ago, his family fell victim to a serial killer, and recently his life has fallen into fresh turmoil. Haunted by dreams and visions of his still-missing son, and confused by feelings for his murdered wife’s identical twin sister, he finds himself resenting a new boss who knows nothing about the area.
HOW MANY MORE VICTIMS?
But the killer shows no sign of stopping and with no obvious connection between the victims and the body count rising daily, Archer and Baines must put aside their differences and work together if they are to stop a maniac whose appetite for slaughter seemingly knows no bounds.
This was a strong police procedural with two new protagonists I loved. The prologue starts with Lizzie Archer before she becomes DI and an incident that changes her life. An incident that leaves her facially disfigured. She is naturally conscious of this with every person she meets and finds they are conscious of it in varying degrees in response. I loved that fact that one of the two main protagonists had such a clear and obvious issue for them to overcome. It was fresh and extremely well handled.
You see the two sides of a new partnership forming and it’s interesting to see how easy it is for crossed wires, lack of communication and self awareness to make what should be a simple working day, quite a challenge.
The plotting was tight and be warned, the killer is revealed early on, you just don’t realise it…