Great book. Finished it in 2 days and even was so into it, I read during the day (which I usually can’t find time for!) My only complaint, I have to wait for the next book. This book reminded me of why I usually don’t read series. I get too invested in the characters and then have to WAIT for the next book in this case. I hadn’t read the previous one, which I may now go back and do, but I definitely didn’t feel it was necessary to enjoy the book. I’m guessing it would have given some back story as to Allie’s marriage, what happened to Karen, and another cases the team had worked on together that was mentioned a few times, but it didn’t take away from the story at all, it just left me wanting MORE!
The book switches between narrators and time periods a lot, but is very easy to follow who is speaking and if it was a flashback. There were a lot of characters and it was fun trying to figure out how they were going to fit into the whole puzzle. This book was different in that we, the readers, knew the killer right off the bat. As the story progresses we learn the why behind what he is doing and how each victim fits into the puzzle. And when I keep saying puzzle, it is a game to him, as shown with the magnetic letters he leaves behind with each victim, and then title of this book. You’ll be singing “Knick-Knack Paddy Wack, Give a Dog a Bone” a lot while you read it!
On the other side, there is Detective Allie Shenton and her team working round the clock to catch this guy. I guess she is the main character in the series. Her sister Karen, who is now in some sort of hospital unable to communicate, was attacked many years prior and she constantly is trying to catch the guy who hurt her, as well as work her current cases. I’m guessing this will be common theme through this whole series.
I don’t want to say it was predictable, but I kind of had it figured out where it was going. There was a date and time referenced a few times throughout the book, January 16th at 10:53am, when everything would be over, and the book takes place in the two weeks preceding. But how we get there kept me guessing. And it was odd that in a weird twisted way the author made the killer so real that I felt for him and actually wanted things to go a little differently at the end! But great action packed ending!
It covered a darker topic that was at times tough to read, but it was done just so well. Definitely some life lessons in there too; to not always “follow the leader” and realize your words and actions do have an impact that you may not even know. I really enjoyed this book and know you will too! Check out a teaser here, and get your hands on this book, I’m so glad I did! And I will definitely be checking out other current and future titles from Ms. Sherratt!
Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for allowing me to preview!
A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.
Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.
The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly—to catch the killer, they must follow the leader.
From the acclaimed author of Taunting the Dead comes a flesh-creeping tale of a child’s game with a terrifying, grown-up twist. This is the second book in the DS Allie Shenton series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story