Half the fun when you’re reading crime is figuring out who the killer is, so it’s unfortunate when said killer gets squished by a bus in the first few minutes of a book. In this case it’s all about finding his last victim. A one-eared teen hidden in a cement jungle in a dark room full of nasty surprises.
The killer picks his victims in an odd way. He chooses to inflict secondary pain by killing someone close to the person he wants to punish. Of course that pain is nothing compared to the butcher-like torture he expresses upon his physical victims. Bit by bit and parcel by parcel.
A cat and mouse game ensues with Detective Porter, who is dealing with plenty of personal issues at the time FMK returns to make a last stand.
There are plenty of twist and turns combined with strong characters and a compelling plot. Barker likes to take his readers to very dark places, literally dark places.
I will not tell a lie, the author manages to create the type of images that make your spine tingle and the hairs rise up on the back of your neck. It’s creepy and vicious, in a very IT clown staring up at you from a drain, kind of way.
Barker writes a wicked plot, a wee bit gruesome and barbaric at times, but definitely a fast-paced and blood fuelled exhilarating read. Definitely an author I will be revisiting.