A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads the case goes nowhere. Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect.
Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one’s soul is safe. Not even those of the detectives…
How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than your own…?
I have been a fan of Ross Greenwood since he published his first novel and I am always excited when I hear a new one is about to be published. It’s like receiving an intriguing present through the post, that you can’t wait to open and read!
So is The Soul Killer a thrilling follow-up to The Snow Killer?
Besides being exciting to read, it is also brings back a host of characters from book one, all of whom it feels good to once again spend time with. Especially DI Barton, devoted dad, husband and police officer, because you always feel he is a match for any of the twisted killers Ross Greenwood pitches him against. I love that he is so astute and so determined to protect people, because it makes him the prefect foil to the deeply twisted, exceptionally brutal and dangerous Soul Killer.
The story is told from the point of view of both DI Barton and the killer, a dual narrative which is exceptionally well handled by Ross Greenwood. It bounces from the chaotic but loving world of DI Barton, to the cold and disturbing world of the killer. It messes with your mind, but in a way that makes for an exciting read. Thrilling in a delicious way, that leaves you feeling troubled, but quite unapologetically addicted to the story. By weaving the narratives through two radically different mindsets, he has created in the imagination of the reader, this sense of conflict. Who do they find the most fascinating, the most bewitching? I will admit that Ross Greenwood made me love DI Barton even more in this book, because of his humanity, but oh this killer, the twisted way his mind worked kept me turning the pages like a bat out of hell. Okay I admit I feel a little bit wrong admitting that, but it’s true, Ross Greenwood writes a perfectly crafted killer whose malevolent inclination to destroy the happiness of others made me shudder.
It is a universal truth we want our thrillers to be thrilling. We want to feel that the killer is a threat to our favourite characters, who are susceptible to a ticking time bomb they are not aware of and The Soul Killer plays on this. The hero’s within this novel are competent, but they are really pushed to the limit and risk losing momentum to the killer in the story and that is where the tension and angst comes from. You really don’t know the identity of the killer for a large part of the book and therefore, the police and public are not safe from opening page to the nail biting end.
The Soul Killer is another superb offering from Ross Greenwood and I am looking forward to book three and more terrifying cases featuring DI Barton.
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About the author
Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.
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