Happy Sunday all! Today I’m bringing you a review of a fantastic police investigation thriller, The Thief of All Light by Bernard Schaffer, is the first in the Santero and Rein series and I can’t wait to read book 2!

the blurb

Nothing fascinates rookie cop Carrie Santero more than serial killers. Now she’s hunting down the sickest, most twisted psychopath she’s ever faced—an “omnikiller.” Unpredictable, unrelenting. A death machine beyond all evil. 
As the body count rises, Carrie enlists the help of Jacob Rein, a brilliant, embittered former detective who has gone to the darkest corners of the killing mind. What he knows—what he can never unknow—could lead Carrie to the point of no return. The place she can no longer avoid. The place that has never stopped calling her . . . 

Where to buy: Amazon

my review

Carrie is a rookie cop in a small town where people ringing the police for small disputes with their neighbours are common….nothing much exciting ever seems to happen and Carrie wants more.  Carrie is approached by a woman reporting her daughter missing but because she’s an adult, Carrie dismisses it and tells the woman there is nothing they can do.  Then the body of a male is found…..

Things start getting more exciting for Carrie and she wants more to happen so she can hunt down the killer but then the unthinkable happens, and it becomes more personal than she could have imagined.

Now they think there is a serial killer on the loose, but not just any serial killer, an omnikiller – the worst they could ever have imagined.  And there is only one man they can enlist to help hunt him down.  Rein has been away from the policing world for sometime and is reluctant to get involved.  He’s seen and experienced too much, but when he realises what is at stake, he can’t say no.  What follows is the gripping hunt for a despicable killer…..but will it be too late for the most recent abductee? And will Rein be able to put aside the things that have been haunting him for years?

I absolutely love this book! I didn’t want to put it down, I ended up having late nights to try and get a few more chapters read and found myself getting up early!  The author is a police detective by profession and this just adds to the books authenticity, and allows it to become gruesomely real in your mind. This delves in to some dark places, but places that are real in this world.  The author is clear that there are many things in this world that shouldn’t happen but do, sad but true.  This comes out in this book, which again, just adds to the real world feel of this.

The pace of the book is fantastic.  As it’s the first in the series, there is enough time for you to start getting to know the characters without it becoming boring, and then the race is on to find the killer.  There is so much at stake that I found myself thoroughly immersed, and felt like I was on the hunt with them.  I’m completely sucked in by the characters, and can’t wait to see what might happen next.  The ending will leave you wondering…….

Honestly….fantastic! I found it easy to read and follow, and despite the content, thoroughly enjoyable.  If you’re a thriller fan, love a good police investigation or just want a book that will keep you turning pages, then this is for you! I can’t wait to read book 2 (review coming soon!)



about the author

*Photo & bio courtesy of Goodreads

Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple novels, including the Santero and Rein Thriller series, and a non-fiction book studied at universities and police academies all across the United States. But that’s not all.

In addition to writing, he is a full-time police detective (active duty, not retired), former child actor (retired, not active), and father of two children.

He credits his “voracious love of reading” at an early age with inspiring him to write.

He published several small-press stories in the 1990’s, before attending the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy. Since March, 2000, he has been a Warrington Township Police Officer. He has been a detective since 2005, and is a court-recognized narcotics expert and child forensic interviewer.

In 2011, Schaffer returned to publishing and released multiple titles as an independent author via digital platforms.

He subsequently founded a non-profit anthology with all proceeds benefiting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The anthology featured multiple independent authors, in addition to sci-fi luminaries Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster.

In 2016, Schaffer signed a multi-book deal with Kensington Publications for the Santero and Rein Thriller Series.

THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT (2018), AN UNSETTLED GRAVE (2019) and BLOOD ANGEL (2020), available in hardback, audio, and eBook wherever books are sold.

Where to find Bernard online: Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Massive thanks to Bernard and the publisher for providing me with a hardback copy of the book in return for an honest review.

If you read this guys, I’d love to hear what you think too!! (No ruining book 2 though if you’ve already read it!!)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Chelle x


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