Author : Barbara Copperthwaite
Title : Flowers for the Dead
Pages : 353
Publisher : BLC Publications
Publication date : September 21, 2015
Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders young women and cuts off their lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy.
How did he become warped from the sensitive four-year-old who adored his gran and the fairy tales she read to him? What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?
When he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them. A tale she has no idea she is part of. As he hatches his twisted plan for their fairy tale ending, can anyone stop him before he creates the ultimate sacrifice to love?
Adam hasn’t had the best of childhoods. The only person he truly adored and felt safe with was his beloved grandmother. She’d read stories to him and taught him all about flowers and gardening. All Adam wants is to make someone happy, but why do women always turn on him? What is it that he does so wrong?
In case you missed it in the book description, Adam is a stalker and a serial killer. Prepare yourself for a whole host of complicated and mixed feelings that will leave you utterly confused. Because Adam isn’t like any other serial killer I’ve ever read about. In fact, in many ways he’d make the perfect boyfriend. Leaving you flowers, cleaning your house, anticipating your every need. It all sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? But “you” don’t know who’s doing these things or why.
Throughout the book, we learn more about his childhood and it’s one heartbreaking tale. In a twisted sort of way, I found myself rooting for him, desperately wanting him to find his one true love and make someone happy while finally finding happiness himself.
Laura is struggling with life after losing her parents and her brother in a car accident. When she finally makes the decision to pick up the pieces and move on, Adam sets his sights on her. I found these parts of the storyline particularly terrifying as it truly hits home how little there is you can do when you think you’re being stalked.
This is one brilliantly executed psychological thriller. As it’s obvious from the beginning what Adam is and what he gets up, there aren’t really any twists and turns but I didn’t expect there to be any. What we do have is an incredible character study and it’s a credit to the author’s writing that I somehow found myself sympathising with Adam. That old chestnut of nature versus nurture will never grow old although in this instance, it’s quite clear where things went wrong. Barbara Copperthwaite has written an utterly creepy, gripping and compelling read and I look forward to reading more by her!
Flowers for the Dead was published in 2015.