Phew….what a week!! I’ve just got home after the longest week ever so am bringing you two late in the day reviews (sorry tour organisers!). First up is on the book birthday blitz for The Fourth Victim by John Mead…..
Three parks, three deaths, four victims, two grieving families, one murder enquiry team and an unknown number of killers. Can an answer be found?
Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…
Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with fatal head injuries, down to a mugging gone wrong. The victim deserves more. However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.
Inspector Merry is about to move to a new department when a murder is bought in – that of a young girl found murdered in a park in daylight. He’s asked to take it on (for now!) and starts to investigate with DS Lukula……
They aren’t having much luck but then one of their superiors lets them know that there is a link with another previous murder……and then another comes it. Now the press are having a field day as it looks like there is a serial killer on the loose. After a bit of digging they have a suspect….but could it really be who they think it is?
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot so am keeping quite a lot quiet! Just know that there are some wonderfully unexpected parts to this! The suspect isn’t all they seem to be, Merry ends up much more involved in the investigation than he first thought (in more ways than one) and there could be an unexpected twist in here!
I have mixed feelings about Merry – at first he seems like a ‘top bloke’ but then he does a couple of things and you find out bits about his past that made me think of him differently. DS Lukula is brilliant – a headstrong woman who had me laughing out loud!
The story is great and really well written. I did guess who the murderer was about half way in (but I like to think I’m clever!) but I couldn’t be sure – it was just a suspicion so I HAD to keep reading to the end!
This is a fantastic thriller that you will most definitely enjoy if you’re a thriller/crime fan like me! Definitely recommended!
about the author
John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.
He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.
John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.
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Massive thanks to Rachel and to John and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Hope you’ve all had a great day!