25th July 2019 5 stars.
I love novels where it gets personal. And it doesn’t get more personal than hunting down the man who killed your twin sister.
When the killings begin again, with the same hallmarks as three years ago, private eye Sloane Monroe knows Sinnerman is back. She sends him a message to say she’s coming for him and the stakes go through the roof as both hunter and hunted become obsessed with each other.
Sloane’s pain and determination are expertly evoked as she goes through the wringer to catch this man. Her personal relationship with Nick suffers and animosities with the local police threaten to derail her quest until help comes from an unexpected corner.
The pace is perfect. The tension creeps up with each chapter to a thrilling climax. The stakes rise when Sinnerman takes more victims. In the process, he reveals more and more of the neglect and suffering he endured as a child, which led to his killing spree. While it’s difficult to defend murder, it helps to understand that no one is pure evil.
This outing for Sloane is much darker and more engaging than the first novel and shows that cosy crime can have bite and grit without stretching the boundaries too far. Think Kinsey Millhone with an extra helping or two of grit and attitude.
Thoroughly recommended and I already have the third in the series on my Kindle.
Sloane Monroe has solved every case except one – the brutal murder of her sister Gabrielle.
Three years have passed without a trace of the killer until today, when a young woman’s body is discovered in front of the local supermarket. Now Sloane is faced with the most difficult challenge of her life – finding the man who is a master at concealing his identity before he strikes again.