Monday 19 March 2012

Review - Body Count by shaun Hutson

Body CountBody Count by Shaun Hutson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 2 days

Blurb from Goodreads

Wounded. Exhausted. Losing blood. The figure in the mask stumbles through the streets. Closing in are others in masks but they don't stumble, they stalk. They carry machetes, clubs and knives. And they know how to use them. They've killed before and they're going to kill again. Who is kidnapping seemingly random victims and then slaughtering them in an elaborate game of cat and mouse? And why are these murders being streamed over the internet? Watching the horror unfold at New Scotland Yard is Detective Inspector Joe Chapman and his team. Chapman searches for clues, hints - anything that might tell him where and when this savage hunt is happening. He'd give anything to know. He'd give almost anything to stop them. Unfortunately for DI Chapman, 'almost' anything might not be enough ...

My Review

DI Joe Chapman has more issues than most cops put together. He has a crap attitude, can't get over his last affair with a colleague and his daughter is missing after he tried to rule with an iron fist. Put on top of that they have a series of murders being taped and broadcast on the Internet, a game of cat and mouse with bloody and brutal slayings.

The chapters are only a few pages long each time which is always a nice change and helps to quickly get through a book I find. It is very different from his work I am used to reading, certainly it still has the graphic gruesome descriptions of the butchery but no supernatural or horror (apart from human brutality) that I am used to.

The book moves at a decent pace and there is plenty of murder and gore to keep you turning the pages. To be honest it reminds me of a movie I have seen or book I have read previously, kind of got a saw theme to it. Overall quite good although as always anything with animals being harmed does put me off a bit so 3/5 for me.

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