Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.
Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review…so here it is!
In her acknowledgements the author, Caroline Mitchell, asks her readers to “suspend your beliefs and open your mind as you prepare for the journey” and this is exactly what I did!
When I started the book and got to the half way point my feelings were very much along the lines of a 3.5/5. It was a good story but I did not get the fear factor that so many others were raving about in their reviews. The last few chapters changed all that as I was glued to my kindle with curiosity as to what would happen to D.C Jennifer Knight! Although the fear factor was not there (and to be fair, it takes a hell of a lot to scare me) the shock factor certainly found its place in my veins!
I loved the characters in this book. Jennifer is emotionally-damaged from childhood events which are revealed cleverly throughout each chapter. She is strong-willed yet vulnerable and you find yourself warming to her very quickly.
I also loved her partner, Will. It is clear from the start that he has strong feelings for Jennifer and is very protective. You immediately start to wonder if this will be a love interest and how that will affect their relationship. No spoilers though, you will have to read the book to find that out for yourself.
Oh and I cannot forget the Baddie in the book! Aptly named The Grim Reaper for he does exactly that! He is the personification of death and mercilessly snuffs out the lives of those he feels deserves to die. Jennifer certainly has her work cut out for her.
I found the book had a lot about relationships- family, work, friends. This added to my enjoyment of the book as so much was revealed in tiny snippets throughout. What I mean is, you are not bombarded with characters backgrounds…they are revealed on a “need-to-know” basis and this worked well.
I particularly enjoyed the mix of police procedural, thriller and paranormal in this book. There were a few unexpected twists and turns and this kept me on my toes. In fact, I had thought I had figured out the main twist and then BOOM the author caught me off guard…I was in shock!
I definitely recommend grabbing this book and I look forward to the next in the D.C. Jennifer Knight series. In the meantime, I have picked up a copy of Paranormal Intruders by Caroline and will read that while I wait.