DI David Murphy and DC Laura Rossi investigate the murder of a student at the City of Liverpool University. Attached to her is a letter from her killer, which details a famous unethical psychological experiment performed on the victim, resulting in her death. Convinced at first that the murderer is someone close and known to the victim, Murphy dismisses the letter as a bid to throw them off the scent… until more bodies are found, each with their own letter attached.
On the other side of the city, Rob Barker, an admin worker at the university, is dealing with his own loss. His partner has been missing for almost a year, with suspicion from all around her firmly pointed at him.
As the two seemingly unconnected events collide, it becomes apparent Murphy is chasing a killer unlike any he’s faced before.
One who kills to discover more about life...
5 Words: dark, scary, thriller, whodunnit, psychology.
This book reminded me an awful lot of another book I've read this year; Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen. There was a similar plot to both, what with the isolation. But I enjoyed this one far more. Maybe it was just that I could pronounce all of the names or that it was told in a very British way.
Rossi was my favourite character - I liked how real she came across as. I loved that she turned to her family and allowed herself to be mothered - goodness knows you'd need a cuddle after that.
Murphy was introduced slowly, and there is so much to learn about him - I was still learning as I read the last pages.
I liked the twist at the end, although I did see it coming from the very first moment that character was introduced. There was definitely something fishy about him.
The imagery is quite vivid without being overpowering. I didn't cringe away but I still felt the full horror of the occurrences.
I would love to read more about Murphy and Rossi, so fingers crossed for more books in the future!