ARC received from Netgalley
There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a heart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’
When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Rileysuspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry.
Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more?
Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds.
Dan is on the trail of a twisted individual who is much closer than he realises. Can he overcome his own demons and stop the killer before it’s too late?
An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter.
I think what stood out for me the most about this story was that it had a different feel to the average detective/crime book. This was definitely down to the emotional connection you get with Dan you could feel his pain and loss even after all this time. I think this allows the reader to get inside his head and fully experience the case with him.
Black Heart is a dark story especially whenever we hear from the point of view of the killer. Now I'm not saying I agree with their actions however Anna-Lou Weatherley has created a character that I couldn't help but be drawn to. There is a great balance showing the illusion of normality mixed in with a killer intent on committing murder. Along with the pages packed full with tension and suspense that had me hooked waiting to see what would happen next. I have to admit that I loved the inclusion of the Goldilocks story after all don't most fairy tales have that darker edge to them anyway.
Black Heart manages to be both action packed and addictive with me finishing it in no time at all. I can't wait to see what is in store for Dan next.
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Bookoture and Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.