Monday 21 May 2012

Review - The Reaper by Steven Dunne

The ReaperThe Reaper by Steven Dunne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Time Taken To Read - 6 days

Blurb From Goodreads

Detective Inspector Damen Brook is seeking sanctuary. Years on the London police force have left their mark—so much so that he's fled to Derby leaving behind his marriage, his teenage daughter, and very nearly his sanity to wind down a once promising career in the peace of the Peak District. But one winter's night, Brook is confronted by a serial killer he hunted many years before, The Reaper, a man who slaughters families in their homes then disappears without a trace. To find this killer Brook must discover what the Reaper is doing in Derby, why he has started killing again, and what, if anything, connects the butchered families. As Brook becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse, he is forced to face his own demons by confronting a past that destroyed his family and nearly cost him his life.

My Review

Sadly I didn't get on to well with this book. Damen Brook is our main character and after being obsessed with finding a serial killer to the point of stalking his suspect and the expense of his family. Flip to present day he has moved to Derby to get over his past issues and before long it seems the killer has followed him.

I can't say I warmed to any of the characters and wasn't drawn into the story or plot line at all. The story goes between present day and DI Brooks past with his previous case and interactions with persons of interest (this reminded me a bit of red dragon with the police officer and unknown at the time hannibal lector which I did find interesting which is why the book gets another star).

I am sure I will try this author again as there was a lot of promise in the story but for whatever reason it just didn't hit the mark for me so 2/5. I would say give it a try though as some people seemed to have loved it so another marmite book I think.

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