You won’t notice him… until it’s too late.
When Detective Inspector David Coates is tasked with finding the killer of a woman, he has no idea what he is about to face.
With little to go on, he hopes the hummingbird tattoo on the victim’s abdomen will help solve the mystery of her identity.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Georgina Shaw, a minor celebrity, receives a message from one of her followers who calls himself Elf Man.
When DI Coates discovers that the DNA on the dead woman’s body belongs to Arthur Peebles, a man who went to prison for murder sixteen years earlier, the investigation is thrown into question.
As Elf Man closes in on Georgina, DI Coates realises that the key to the case lies in Australia.
Is there a link between Elf Man and the body in the bin?
Could Arthur Peebles, now a free man, be up to his old tricks?
Chilling & Menacing Read!
I’m a fan of this author’s work and this is just a little bit different to his previous novels, but no less brilliant!
DI Coates has his work cut out for him to identify a woman’s dead body with the only clue coming from a hummingbird tattoo – not much to go on. At the same time, a little group of nouveau ‘celebrities’ in Australia get involved with one of their followers and what begins as a joke – at least on their part – turns into something far more sinister. Is there any connection between these two cases and, if so, will Coates get to the bottom of it all in time to?
When I first look at a book to review, I check out the blurb but when I finally get to read it I just plunge straight in there so the content always comes as a bit of a surprise. This one kept me engrossed all the way through – the tension was palpable and really ramped up towards the end. What a great idea to incorporate the current penchant for elevating those who don’t actually do very much but are looked upon as ‘celebrities’. Skilfully crafted – as always by this author – this one had me chilled to the bone as the story went on; really creepy and, at times quite terrifying! A really gripping read which kept me on my toes and is rather menacing. An amazing idea brought very cleverly to fruition and completely captivating. I’m glad I’m not in any way a celeb as, believe me, I would be more than a bit freaked out right now! 4.5* and worth each and every one of them.
My thanks to the publisher for my arc of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological suspense
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 290 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books
- Publication Date: 04 January 2021
- Book Links: https://www.goodreads.com/review/new/56472490
Duncan Brockwell lives in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, with his wife, Beks and rescue cat, Olivia. He works as a dental technician for Elite Dental Studios in the day, and writes crime/horror/action and adventure/romance stories in the evenings and weekends. After completing his dental technicians’ course at Lambeth College in March 2018, he sat down and started taking his writing more seriously, completing five first drafts of novels in a year.
A graduate of criminology and criminal justice studies at the University of Portsmouth, he has always had an interest in crime, specifically abnormal psychology. It was while studying criminology that he penned his first (unpublished) novel, which, he says, will never see the light of day.
He self-published his first romance novel, The Southern Belles in July 2019, under his pseudonym, Katie Simpkins, a name both he and Beks chose together.
Since then, he has signed a 3 book deal with Bloodhound Books for his Nasreen Maqsood series, the first of which will be released on Wednesday 8th July 2020, called No Way Out. Subsequent instalments, Bird of Prey and Bad Blood will be released on September 1st and November 9th respectively. On January 4th, his birthday, and the day the story starts on, Mr Invisible will be released by Bloodhound, and will be his first standalone novel. On the 19th April 2021, Bloodhound Books will be publishing his fifth nove, The Hard Way, a crime thriller set in London about two female detectives investigating a triple murder. The case takes them somewhere they never dreamed possible.
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