“There are countless moments in the average life when you have to decide whether to open yourself up or bury yourself deep. In love, at work, among your family, with friends, there are moments when you have to decide whether you are ready to reveal your true self.” – 4.25/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: investigations, hair dye, piercings, the media, guns, vans, mobile phones and difficult choices.
The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.
Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.
Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case.
And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die…
I’m not the biggest fan of detective books series – Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are the exception – but this author’s books are popular in Portugal, so I decided to give it a try!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was a bit more twisted than I first expected, but it was really good. I flew through the pages in a very short amount of time because the story was captivating and I was curious to know what was going to happen next! The book is also composed of short chapters, so that helped a lot as well!
The concept for the mystery was interesting. I really liked the idea of a killer picking up two people and let them decide who lives between the two. The only thing that didn’t sit very well with me was that it was never mentioned how the killer knew when a choice was made… the survivors never called the killer and I’m assuming he/she didn’t use cameras – or the police would have found them – so… how did he/she know when there was only one survivor left?
One thing I found interesting was the characters. I don’t know why, but the set of characters was really out of the ordinary for me. We have the main detective, Helen Grace, who is also the star of the entire series, and then you have a younger girl and a man as sidekicks. It’s not the usual setup you get in these kinds of books, especially because of their personalities and lifes. Speaking of which, it was so interesting to me how they have their own personal stories told in this book. The girl wants to start a family with her boyfriend, and the man is an alcoholic who can’t get over the fact that her ex-wife left him for another guy and he can’t see his daughter. I really liked that they had their own spotlights in this book.
The other down point to me was the ending. I didn’t love it because of what happened to one of the characters and for how incomplete the ending felt. I wish there was at least one more chapter just to stabilize and wrap up the story.
Overall I was happy with this book, I’m definitely continuing the series!