My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I would give it 3.5 stars.
Here’s the novel description, because it really is a multilayered:
“The people of London fear for their lives when a twisted serial killer called The Cartoonist starts targeting young mothers, leaving their bodies on display in their homes with speech bubbles drawn from their lips. He has a terrifying story to tell, but first, the right people need to be listening…
Nathan Radley has a brilliant and dangerous talent. Formerly one of the best criminal psychologists on the police force he’s renowned for getting deep into the minds of the murderers he hunts. But for the past year he has lived in isolation, haunted by this gift and his own dark desires.
DI Katie Rhodes’ career is spinning out of control. She’d sworn never to knock on her old partner Nathan’s door again, but when she sees his distinctive birthmark drawn in chocolate on one of the victims, she knows she doesn’t have a choice. As the body count rises and the clues become more and more personal, Katie and Nathan join forces for one final case together.”
The mystery was great and really exciting. The author certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to really showing you the dark side of serial killers and that created an “anything can happen next” atmosphere. The characters were also really interesting and had good backstories.
But you’re thrown into the middle of the relationship, where so much is implied, but not really said, and that makes it difficult to know what’s going on. I couldn’t get a good handle on the leads.
Once you do get more of the picture, things are better, and I really got into it. It’s just getting there.
I will definitely be checking out more of this series – it has potential and I enjoyed it. I hope we get even more information about the characters in subsequent installments.