Author : Helen Fields
Title : Perfect Prey
Series : DI Luc Callahan #2
Pages : 381
Publisher : Avon
Publication date : July 27, 2017
In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.
DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim.
It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim…and the more innocent the better.
Ever since I read Perfect Remains at the start of the year, I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the next book in the DI Callahan series. Second books are always a tad tricky, aren’t they? When the first one has built up such high expectations, you always wonder if the next one will live up to the hype you created in your own head or if you’ll be left disappointed. Well, I can already tell you right now that Perfect Prey is even more awesome than its predecessor!
DI Luc Callahan is back and has his work cut out for him. Not only is there an ingenious murderer roaming the streets of Edinburgh, there’s also a quite unlikeable DCI who’s causing problems between Luc and DI Ava Turner and the arrival of a new, somewhat overly excited, neighbour called Bunny.
The team is puzzled when a young man is murdered in the middle of a crowded rock festival. He was stabbed but nobody noticed a thing as the killer casually walks away in the mass of people. The victim was a good person, a charity worker and the team can find no motive for his killing, nor any leads. Soon another murder follows, this time a primary school teacher. Are these murders in any way connected? Are the victims chosen randomly or is there more at play here?
Just like the first book in this series, Perfect Prey is not for the faint-hearted. Once again, the team is faced with an incredibly brutal and evil killer. The killer is prepared, plans things meticulously, is extremely confident and takes pride and pleasure from their acts as if they are a work of art. Once again the author delivers a taut and brilliantly executed plot full of gruesomeness and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one in this series, Perfect Death, which will be published in January. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys police procedurals and crime fiction. It’s a corker, I promise!
Perfect Prey was published on July 27th.