Nine Lives by Anita Waller #BookReview #BloodhoundBooks #4.5*

Will this killer ever run out of luck?

When DI Erica Cheetham and DS Beth Machin are called to investigate the murder of a young woman, whose naked body is discovered in a river, they realise an old foe is killing again.

The police realise this new death is linked to a spate of cold case murders and the killer is back.

Five years earlier, four young women were found murdered, their bodies left in woody areas, and the new victim shares similar hallmarks. 

But why did the killer stop killing for all that time and what has inspired them to start again?

As more young women fall victim to a vicious and calculating murderer, Erica and Beth find themselves chasing their tails.

But when a witness is identified the case takes an unexpected and macabre turn.

Can Erica and Beth bring the killer to justice, or will this case prove too much?

Smartly Plotted & Cleverly Written!

Anita Waller has never failed to engage me with her writing – and she’s done it again!

When DI Erica Cheetham and her Sergeant, Beth Machin, get an early morning call out to the discover of a body, it doesn’t take long for them to realise that they’ve encountered the killer before. Four murders, five years previously, all with similar methods. As the bodies begin to pile up at an alarming rate, the team are struggling to keep ahead of the game. Can Erica and Beth work it out in time to stop this killer for once and for all?

Well this is quite a whirlwind of murder and the author has so much happening and so quickly that I almost missed the clues as to who the killer was; in fact, for a big part of the book I was convinced it was someone else. Once I got that suspicion out of the way, I wavered a bit on the culprit, spending valuable time trying to persuade myself I must have got it wrong. It’s hard to keep your brain ticking over on the information when so much is happening and so quickly! Smartly plotted and – as always – so cleverly written, this is a gripping whodunnit and one I thoroughly enjoyed. 4.5* and my definite recommendation.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery, psychological thriller

I live in Sheffield, UK. I am retired and have recently fulfilled my lifelong ambition of becoming a published author with Bloodhound Books.
I am married (almost 50 years to Dave) with three children and seven grandchildren.
I am a patchwork and quilting tutor as well as a writer.
My first book was Beautiful and my second, a sequel to Beautiful, is called Angel.

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