Synopsis – Let the games begin.
A man is found buried in a secluded wood on the outskirts of London. Naked, beaten and bruised; forensics also show that he hasn’t eaten in the 24 hours before his murder. To DCI Antonia Hawkins it looks like a vicious, targeted attack.
The hunt is on.
But as more bodies are unearthed in the same state, Hawkins struggles to find a pattern in the seemingly random killings as the body count continues to climb.
But who is the hunter?
unique kind of serial killer. One that is playing a twisted game. And so far the killer is one winning . . .
Publication Date ~ 6th October 2016
Published by ~ Penguin UK – Michael Joseph
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My thoughts – This is the third book in the Antonia Hawkins series but the first one I have read and although it can easily be read as a standalone I do feel I would have benefited from reading the first two books. There are quite a few references to things that have happened in previous books but I didn’t let it spoil my enjoyment of the book and I hope I’ll be able to catch up with them soon.
DCI Antonia Hawkins is a great character, she’s a worker and lives for her job but due to a brutal attack that nearly cost her, her life she has been made to see a councillor and although it isn’t through choice and she feels it’s a waste of time you can see she is still troubled by the attack.
Antonia and her partner DI Mike Maguire have a tough case to solve when a body is found buried in the woods and then another turns up. This may sound like something any crime/thriller fan has read before but this wasn’t as straight forward as it sounds and I was intrigued to find out what was going to happen next and with twists along the way, I found this to be quite a unique story line and it was very cleverly written.
I’d definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to reading more by Alistair Gunn in the future.
My rating 4/5
Many thanks go to the publisher and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.