A debut suspense novel, filled with secrets, tension, mystery, and cold-blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened—and who did it.
Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer is a propulsive debut novel filled with secrets, nerve-jangling tension, mystery, and cold-blooded murder, where a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked and only his partner knows the truth about what happened—and who did it ... Readers who revel in accurate, detailed descriptions of police procedures will be absorbed by Splinter in the Blood. The devil truly is in the details.
The case of the Thorn Killer, who uses thorns to elaborately tattoo his female victims, obsesses Liverpool DCI Greg Carver. He’s keeping his own case files at home and is drinking too much, prompting his wife, Emma, to move out ... the Thorn Killer’s latest victim however resembles Emma and was wearing a pair of Emma’s earrings ... Suspense fiction by a knowledgeable duo.
Five women. Five bodies full of increasingly elaborate tattoo art made with a thorn instead of a needle. Liverpool DCI Carver has been leading the Thorn Killer investigation team, until he’s found shot by his partner, the inscrutable DS Ruth Lake. As Lake dips her toe into the often vicious world of amateur theater, Carver fights his own battles at the hospital, trying to remember the events that put him there and whether the Thorn Killer is responsible ... With complicated leads and a killer whose method is barbaric enough to be frightening without shading into the grotesque, this is a debut worthy of sequels.