The Art of Death by David Fennell

Format: Hardback

Published by: Zaffre Books

A heart pounding read with definite chills and thrills

Synopsis:

An underground artist leaves three glass cabinets in Trafalgar Square that contain a gruesome installation: the corpses of three homeless men.

With the artist promising more to follow, newly-promoted Detective inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, must race against time to follow what few clues have been left by the savvy killer.

My Thoughts:

Firstly my grateful thanks to the publisher for sending me arc.

It’s fair to say that this book hooks you in from the get go and doesn’t let go. The premise of the book is inventive and feels fresh, the plot-line as fiendishly clever as the killer in the way your never quite certain as to what direction the story will follow or what macabre murder will be committed.

The characters seem to come all ready fully rounded, so well are they written, Grace maybe the newbie on the team but she is certainly not green, she clearly has a past which maybe explored further, however, this fits so well into the story, it would be fair to say that she is not welcomed by all into the team, however, with Quinn by her side she is more than a match for those who would rather she not be there, Klara is another character who I need to know more about.

In someways the book plays on the fears that we all may hold, with a little knowledge how easy it is to see our lives stripped bear through social media, and our every move anticipated, it is clear here that the author draws on his own knowledge and bring this to the fore on the pages adding that terrifying element as to how safe are we.

The killings will definitely leave you with chills and one will certainly make you wince, however they all play their part in bringing the story to life, not just there to glorify.

The writing is slick and punchy, each chapter written to leave you wanting more

Whist the book moves at a pace, it never forgets that is is a Police procedural and all that entails in running an investigation, it is very much a team working together to bring a killer to justice

That said the pace is relentless, there are plenty of layers to unravel, plenty of twists and turns to take, however, the end when it comes it is dramatic as it is tension filled,

Walking the streets of London may never feel the same, as for getting a taxi !

Be prepared to be gripped. Save yourself plenty of time, it will be hard to put down once started. This is an assured debut Police thriller, and certain to be one of 2021s top reads, cannot recommend highly enough

5*

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