When a homeless woman, Cheryl Whiffen, hears voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she can’t help but obey.
But when Cheryl becomes the victim of a serial killer who is collecting angels, this time the voices can’t help her. She is deemed not worthy of being an angel and the killer has to find another way to dispose of her body.
TJ Tulley has connections in the police force – her brother Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and her soon to be sister-in-law is a CSI. She knows many of their colleagues so when someone breaks into her house at the riding stables she owns, it’s not a surprise when the police dispatch CSI Jackson Doherty.
Is there a link between a suspicious fire at the stables and the serial killer?
As TJ and Doherty get closer to the truth they don’t realise the danger they are in. He is a killer – he’s angry at their investigation and he’ll do just about anything to protect his angels…
I would like to thank the author K A Richardson, publisher Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of Under The Woods in return for an honest review.
This book is an exciting thriller with a very dark heart. I enjoyed the way the tension built up as the parallel worlds of TJ and that of the serial killer begin to crumble. It’s what makes the novel different to many of the thrillers I have read recently, because as much attention is placed on the twisted actions and thoughts of the killer, as the victims. The writing is spot on, you’re meant to find the killers actions repulsive and sickening and I did. K A Richardson catches the twisted mind set of a human we all would find it hard to understand. I found myself disturbed and sickened, but it fitted the story, not there to shock, but to help the reader feel the horror both TJ and Doherty are caught up in. Though if you are very squeamish, this may not be the book for you!
The storyline itself is full of neat little twists that emphasise the horrific events as they build to a climax. It gives the characters time to develop and integrates them into the story well. The storyline doesn’t swamp them and the characters are not more important than the story itself. I liked both TJ and Doherty whose burgeoning relationship give the story a lightness and relieved to tension that permeated the rest of the novel. As for the killer, he made my skin crawl, which in this type of thriller is a good thing, your meant to hate him.
Under The Woods is part of a series of books in The Forensic Files, but reads perfectly as a standalone. Don’t be put off if you haven’t read the others, because it won’t affect your enjoyment of Under The Woods. I enjoyed it so much I plan at some point to read the others.
Great if chilling read.
Under The Woods can be purchased from Amazon
About the author.
My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. I started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!
I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal! And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!