What’s it about?
There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.
Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.
I met Karen at an author/blogger meet up in March and I’ve finally got around to reading her book that she offered me for review…as a side note how do such nice people come up with such horrific plotlines???!!
Anyway, this is the first in the DS Eleanor Raven series and to be fair is a pretty good series opener. A book that gets straight into the action but still giving you enough back story to be invested in the characters.
However, I wasn’t really taken with the main character Eleanor (not necessarily a prerequisite) – the opening chapter gives you a taster of her darker sexual side that I guess is supposed to make her edgy and set this book apart from the crowd but I found her to be cold and stand-offish, maybe a requirement for the job, but I did really take to her new partner though; Whitefoot, I think he has a lot of potential. He reminded me of Hathaway in the TV detective series Lewis.
Interesting that the author set the book in Toronto, because I felt it could have been anywhere as there was a lack of distinguishing landmarks and places. Not a deal breaker in terms of the story but maybe would have added a sense of place.
This is quite a graphic novel, in terms of the murders and crime scenes therefore probably not one for the more squeamish. Overall, a cleverly constructed and played out plot. Although I thought the murderer was revealed a little soon for me after the investigative team were handed this big whopp off clue from the pathologist (I think it was) which gave them their lead suspect. I do like to be kept in the dark right till the very last possible moment.
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