Author : Carol Wyer
Pages : 314
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 30th, 2017
Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying “all debts paid”, Detective Inspector Robin Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed. With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.
After having thoroughly enjoyed Little Girl Lost back in January, I couldn’t wait for the second book in the DI Robyn Carter series so when it became available on Netgalley, I hit that “request” button like my life depended on it. Okay, yes, slight exaggeration but still … excited and also very impatient.
As is always the case with a second instalment, you wonder if it will be as good as the first one was but I’m happy to say that Carol Wyer has hit another home-run with this one.
I won’t divulge too much about the plot. As it is, I feel the blurb already gives away too much information. When the body of a murder victim is found with a receipt saying “all debts paid”, I was immediately intrigued. But when a second victim is found with the same receipt, both Robyn and the reader are sucked into a fabulously disturbing case. This case clearly involves a killer on a mission and he won’t stop until he’s finished.
Secrets of the Dead is another great addition to the DI Robyn Carter series. Not only do I really enjoy the interactions in the team and their diversity, but this is the second case that completely drew me in from the start. This killer displays a whole other level of creepy crazy, which becomes increasingly obvious from his own chapters. What I also like, and slightly hate, is that the author lets you get familiar with a character before having them murdered. Their death just hits you that little bit harder and makes you want to yell out nooooo, why would you do that?!
Gripping and engrossing, this series is quickly becoming another firm favourite for me and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next one to find out about, what I’m sure will be, yet another fascinating case Robyn and her team will be working on.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review.
Secrets of the Dead is available now!