Dead Like You by Peter James

Dead Like You

5/5 stars. The final scenes are heart stopping, defying me to put the story down. Of course I didn’t.

My thoughts

From the moment you start reading, you know Peter James will deliver an authentic, well-researched thriller with an original plot, filled with surprises. In this story, he puts stranger rape under his microscope, offering an attacker with a fetish for expensive shoes.

Is it the same man who wreaked havoc on Brighton’s women in the past?

The numerous flashbacks to the previous unsolved case interrupted the smooth flow of the story in the early stages, but once the current investigation gained momentum it was difficult to put the book down. I lost count of the times I promised myself just one more chapter.

The final scenes are heart stopping, defying me to put the story down. Of course I didn’t.

One bonus of the flashbacks was the glimpse into his marriage to Sandy and why it floundered. This contrasted with his present relationship with Cleo, which is beautifully captured.

This is one of the many great moments Peter James brings to his novels. I love the detail about the expensive shoes, which must have taken some researching, about the incident rooms and the many strands of investigation followed by the various members of the team. It proves that you don’t need to break the procedural rules to write great crime.

And this is another great crime story.

5/5 stars

Dead Like You

Description

Don’t imagine for one moment that I’m not watching you . . .

The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year’s Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims’ shoes are taken by the offender . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realizes that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed ‘Shoe Man’ and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced?

When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past – a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together – he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim . . .

Dead Like You is the sixth novel in the multi-million copy bestselling Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series from number one author Peter James.

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