My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time Taken To Read - 6 days (on and off)
Blurb From Goodreads
Lacey Flint is a London policewoman with a secret past, a morbid fascination with serial killers and a curiously empty flat. On the job she's quiet and plainly dressed. At night she has an unusual social life.
When Lacey returns to her car one evening to find a woman fatally stabbed right by it, she is taken in for questioning, but then a hand-delivered letter suggests the killer has a special interest in Lacey herself.
Suddenly she is at the centre of a terrifying murder hunt, working with the smart but damaged DI Dana Tulloch and the hostile DI Mark Joesbury, another person who seems curiously fascinated with Lacey.
Is Joesbury's interest in Lacey personal or professional? Will Lacey cope as the case pushes her into the limelight? And does the team have the skill to outwit one of the nastiest serial killers Londoners have fallen prey to since the killer's infamous role model... Jack the Ripper.
Lacey Flint is our main character, a police officer with a murky past and a fascination with serial killers. She keeps herself to herself and blows off some steam with some questionable after hour activities. Lacey finds herself in the middle of a serial killer investigation when she comes across a woman brutalized and dying at her car. Soon the police realize the have a jack the ripper copycat on their hands and an obsession with officer Flint.
This is my first encounter with this author and whilst I loved the jack the ripper style theme and pace I am not too sure about the first person narrative (whether it is how this author has done it or maybe it has just been too long since I read a book done in this style). The killers are pretty gruesome and descriptive so not for the faint hearted I have to say. I found myself having to go back and re read some of it as it jumps around a fair bit. To the past, comparing the present killings with the ripper victims and at one point someone just declaring they are the murderer (to you the reader) and it isn't until the end you get the full picture and understand it but it was confusing for a while and I hate when that happens.
It had been a while since I read or seen anything Jack the ripper so I did enjoy the refresher on that. I really disliked Lacey for the most of the story and only warmed to her near the very end, for an intelligent well trained police officer she done she pretty stupid and very dangerous things. Either way it will be a while before I forget this story, 3/5 for me and I would read this author again.
Thanks so much to Transworld publishers for providing me with a copy of this to review and introducing me to another new author.