Perfect Prey

The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be hooked from the very first page.

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf.

DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads – until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. It’s only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim.

With no discernable motive, the only rule seems to be that the victims must be the least deserving of violence imaginable – and Turner and Callanach are trapped in a race against the clock to find out who will be next…

I’m admittedly a big fan of that TV Series Criminal Minds. Thanks to them I have lights all over the house at night both inside and outside, double lock and check my doors before I go to bed, have electrical tape over my laptop camera and own 2 labs that would bark at Jesus if he walked in the door among a few other security precautions. Short of having steel doors come down around my home I have done what I can to make myself feel safe.

Helen Fields could write episodes for that show that will leave no one feeling safe as her series starring DI Callanach just gets to that place under your skin where you realize it’s not so crazy after all to want to go live deep in the woods away from humanity.

Perfect Prey is the second starring Callanach and I encourage you to read the first before jumping into this one.

Fields knows how to write law enforcement characters that don’t come off one dimensional and you actually become interested in how they’re going to solve the case. She creates people whose energy just bounces off the page and turns even her settings into their own kind of living creation. You become immersed in a world that is unraveling before your eyes to the point that you want to encourage the detectives to stop the madness from destroying “your” city.

She has a real talent for misdirection, red herrings and dropping the truth on you in a way that you couldn’t believe you didn’t see coming beforehand but at the same time is completely credible so it makes sense.

I highly suggest that when you get towards the end you demand to be left alone, lock yourself away with plenty of food and drinks to keep you going because you won’t want to pull yourself away.

When you finally are done keep an eye out for the third in her series, Perfect Death, it’s already available in the UK and out in the States in January 2018.

Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for allowing me to review this book.

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