I am thrilled to share my review of BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN as part of the Blog Tour.
BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN an unputdownable crime thriller full of twists
Publisher – JOFFE BOOKS
Publication Date – 16th July 2020
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Margaret Murphy
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“Pace, taut plotting and great characterisation from the first page. Add humour and some wonderful one liners and you have a popular novel with depth.” Sunday Times bestseller Ann Cleeves
This is the second Margaret Murphy book I have read (the first being Darkness Falls) and all I can say is ‘where have you been hiding?’ because I have definitely been missing out. But the good news is the brilliant Joffe Books found her so I can put that right.
If you like gritty, fast paced, adrenaline pumping thrillers you will love this. There is little graphic description of the assaults so nothing to give you nightmares but that doesn’t make it any less thrilling.
Detective Cassie Rowan. She was flung head first into parenthood when her parents died in an accident and she had to fight for custody of her brother and the fight goes on. To say she has had a difficult life is an understatement. She doesn’t have time for soft-soaping she just wants the job done, the killers caught and case closed and that puts her at loggerheads with her boss and some of her colleagues. I do love feisty characters so this is a big tick for me. The other characters are all well crafted and develop well over the course of the book.
The case is a difficult one a sadistic killer who rapes and strangles his victims repeatedly leaving them damaged for life. There are several suspects but the evidence is sparse which means the team are on a race against time to identify the killer before he kills again. Cassie has a prime suspect in her sights but he has alibis and her boss and colleagues think she is way off the mark. Who is right?
This is an excellent book one that I really enjoyed. Longer than my usual read but it was all adrenaline pumping and the pages kept turning.
Looking forward to more from this talented author in the meantime I am catching up with the backlist.
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CAN CASSIE STOP A SERIAL KILLER BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN?
A serial predator on the prowl in Liverpool. Seven victims so far. And he’s already chosen his next one.
The police can’t catch him. He leaves no trace. No one has been able to provide a reliable description.
Detective Cassie Rowan goes undercover in a dangerous game of cat and mouse through the teeming backstreets of Liverpool. But how long will it be before he turns the tables and begins hunting her?
ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE MUST-READ PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THRILLERS OF 2020
This thrilling new novel from bestselling author Margaret Murphy will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. If you like Patricia Gibney, Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN.
MEET DETECTIVE CASSIE ROWAN
DC CASSIE ROWAN is a young policewoman who has been the main carer for her younger brother, Neil, since their parents died. She has to balance this role with her demanding job. She is working undercover on the streets of Liverpool trying to find the ‘Furman’, a man who has been brutally assaulting sex workers. Cassie blames herself and another detective, Wicks, for not catching him sooner. Forensic scientist Dr Ian Chan is on her side, but her boss Detective Chief Inspector Pat Warman thinks she is uncooperative and needs to work as part of a team.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Margaret Murphy writes internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), founder of Murder Squad, and a former RLF Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector. She’s been a country park ranger, biology teacher, dyslexia specialist and Visiting Professor in creative writing. A Short Story Dagger and CWA Red Herring award winner, she has also been shortlisted for the “First Blood” critics award and CWA Dagger in the Library.
Readers can’t put down BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN!
“This book was so captivating, it had me engrossed from the start.” Sandra B.
“Exceptional good read.” Beverley Ann H.
“A really good read.” Nerys R.
“Engrossing.” Ghada A.
“Very intense.” Keerthana N.
“This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked Cassie even though she was a loose cannon and another officer who liked to go against her seniors . . . She was fearless and tenacious and I felt she didn’t get the support from her boss. I hated Wicks, arrogant, misogynistic and typical of “old school” policing. I’d have tasered him if I’d had the chance. The story is fast paced and kept me entertained. I’m looking forward to another one in the series were Wicks gets his comeuppance!” Carole G.
ALSO BY MARGARET MURPHY
CLARA PASCAL SERIES
Book 1: DARKNESS FALLS
Book 2: WEAVING SHADOWS
DETECTIVE JEFF RICKMAN SERIES
Book 1: SEE HER BURN
Book 2: SEE HER DIE*
DETECTIVE CASSIE ROWAN SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN