I am delighted to be one of the stops today on the tour for Dead To Me by Stephen Edger. If you get chance why not visit the lovely Emma over at https://damppebbles.com/ for her stop too.
You can catch my review today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?
The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with thick tape. Deep scratches marked the wood beneath her fingers, now resting cold and still...
When a woman’s body is found in an abandoned bar near the Southampton docks, Detective Kate Matthews is called in to lead the investigation. She must solve this case to prove she is coping with the death of a close colleague.
Kate knows a pile of ripped up newspaper cuttings discovered at the victim’s house must be a piece of the puzzle, but her team keep hitting dead-ends... Until she finds a disturbing clue that convinces her of three things: The murder is linked to the body of a man found hanging in a warehouse, she is on the hunt for a calculated serial killer, and the killer is watching her every move.
Kate realises there will be another victim soon, and that her own life is in grave danger, but no one else believes her theory. Can she find and stop the most twisted killer of her career, before another life is lost?
An absolutely NAIL-BITING thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, James Patterson and MJ Arlidge.
I think that it's safe to say that this book will have you turning the pages until you reach the end of this tension filled story. There was a creepy vibe at times making me wonder if I should go and make sure the doors are locked. The fact that the killer is spying on Kate ramped up the tension even more. A grisly and sadistic killer is on the rampage and I did cringe at a few things wondering if my sensitive stomach could handle it. This just added to the atmosphere of the story and made it even more paramount that Kate capture the killer.
To start with I wasn't sure which direction the story would go in with regards to Kate's character I liked that she had flaws and this gave her a more life like feel. I think that the balance between Kate's personal life and the investigation side was done well. Neither overpowered the other and it actually helped to see that her life wasn't perfect. Kate's family life is pretty complicated but I enjoyed the way it was explored and the way her character developed because of it. I think at times I maybe had to shake my head at some of the things Kate did. However who knows what anyone of us would do in those same situations. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for detectives who maybe bend the rules slightly it definitely makes things all the more interesting.
The investigation into the murders was written well and I love a good mystery so trying to put the clues together was quite fun. Although to be honest I would never make a good detective but it's always worth a try playing the guessing game over who is behind everything.
The overall pacing was pretty good, managing to keep me interested in the story and also connected to the characters. I have to say that there are some good supporting characters in this story too such as Laura who was great as Kate's colleague. She always tried to be helpful and offer some much needed support. I hope that some of these characters will play a role in the next book and I can't wait to get to know these characters even better.
Grisly and tension filled!
With thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.
Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.
Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.