A violent attacker is on the loose. His calling card: a tattoo on his victims’ skin. With no witnesses and no evidence left at the crime scenes, it will take all of the National Crime Agency’s resources to track him down.
At the head of the investigation, codenamed Operation Juniper, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart knows that the clock is ticking. The time between abductions is decreasing and the perpetrator grows ever more brazen. She fears it won’t be long before his assaults turn deadly.
As the hunt closes in, Jo’s already troubled personal life is put under further pressure. With danger closer than she thinks, just how far will Jo go to solve the case—and at what cost?
I was looking forward to reading this book, because Bill Rogers is a reletivly new author for me. I recently read the first book in this series, The Pick, The Spade and The Crow. Secondly because it's based around Manchester. I always seem to enjoy a book when I can actually visualise the places that are mentioned, I find I like books that have familiar locations in them. And enjoy reading how the author describes those places.
I said of the first book, that it could be the start of a promising series of books. And having read this one, the second book, I still feel it could become a really great series.
The National Crime Agency are investigating what looks to be a serial rapist on the loose.
Operation Juniper. Its Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart (Jo) who is heading up the team.
A team who know they have their work cut out to find who this person is. The attacks are becoming more frequent, so the Attacker seems to be gaining confidence in what he is doing. The team are concerned if they don't catch him soon, he could become more violent or even kill.
Jo's private life is also causing her problems. This continues from the first book, and things really don't seem to be getting any better for her.
A good interesting read, leaves you thinking and wondering where it's going. I'm looking forward to following this series as more books are added.
When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.
Newly promoted to the NCA's Behavioural Sciences Unit, Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart is determined to hunt down the perpetrator. Just as Jo's investigation begins to reveal links with other disappearances, there is another murder. This is no longer a cold case; she is dealing with the escalating violence of a chilling serial killer.Stepping into a sinister world of secrets, symbols and rituals, Jo will have to confront the legacy of her own past and the violent memories that lurk there if she is going to solve this case. But at what cost?
My thoughts. 3.5/5
I was looking forward to reading this book, firstly because Bill Rogers is a new author for me and secondly because it's based around Manchester. I always seem to enjoy a book when I can actually visualise the places that are mentioned, I find I like books that have familiar locations in them. And enjoy reading how the author describes those places.
I also have to mention that I loved the dedication in the front of this book, it made me chuckle when I read it. Not often they start with This book is not dedicated to....
I'd also like to say thank you to the publishers, Netgalley and the Author for the ARC I received of this book.
This is what I gather the first book in what could be a very promising series. I did enjoy this book, but in parts I felt like something was missing, I don't know what for certain but that's just how I felt, It was like the book kept grabbing me but then letting go again, It didn't keep my attention as much as I was hoping it would.
That aside it is an easy read, and enjoyable. Just not the Gripping book I thought it was going to be.
A mans body is discovered buried in woodlands outside Manchester. He had been missing for 10 years before his body was discovered. And it seems like he was gagged, bound and buried alive. But why? And what else is buried with him.
It's down to newly promoted Senior Investigator Joanne Stuart to try and figure this out. Now working for The Behavioural Science Unit, this is Joanne's first case with them. And she does go out of her way to try and prove herself.
We are introduced to her private life as well as her work life, and I can see her becoming a very interesting character.
I will be looking out for the next book by this author as I'd like to see how it differs now we have got to know the department and it's characters a little better.
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