If you haven’t already guessed from the general theme of the book reviews round these parts, crime novels are up there as some of my favourites. I put it down to a long-held desire to be a detective, but whatever the reason, I love getting stuck in to a good police drama.
Luckily for me Perfect Crime satisfied all of my crime cravings. The latest in the series following Detectives Luc Callanach and Ava Turner, it had the right balance of police jargon, brutal murders and red herrings. Sounds cheery huh?
The premise of the book is very clever and what first made me sign up to the book tour. A series of murders across Edinburgh are made to look like suicides. At first the police don’t suspect anything but they soon realise they’ve got a serial killer on their hands. The book follows Luc and Ava as they try and solve the case before the killer claims another victim.
There were also a couple of side plots including the will they, won’t they romance between Luc and Ava which to be honest I found a little stale. I feel like this seems to be a common occurrence in all the police-centered books I’ve read lately and this one, to be blunt, I could have done without.
Another thing worth noting is that this is the fifth book in the series and there’s a whole sub-plot which relates to events of previous books so although this is a stand-alone story in it’s own right, if you haven’t read the previous books then the outcome of said sub-plot will probably leave you with more questions than answers.
I realise I’m in danger of sounding like moaning myrtle here but I read a lot of books and in particular, crime thrillers, so I think I’m allowed to be a little picky. I do, after all, have a lot of material to compare it to.
The negatives aside I did actually really enjoy this book and if I was to give it a score out of 10 it would be sitting at a solid 8. You wouldn’t think it from the tone of this review ey? On to some positives then…
The storyline itself was superb. Yes I just used the word superb. But it really was. I loved the premise and the fact that not only were all the victims linked but that the murders were so brutal and different (I’m not a psychopath, promise). Something else that made it a real page turner were the chapters told from the killers viewpoint. They didn’t reveal who it was but it gave you an insight into their mind and why they were hellbent on killing these people which broke the narrative up nicely.
I did manage to figure out who the killer was as personally I found it a little obvious (just call me Miss Marple) but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book and actually I tend to find that once I’ve got a theory in mind I’m racing to the end to find out if I’m right.
All in all Perfect Crime is a great choice if you like crime thrillers and even better if you’ve read the books that come before it. Although there are some plot additions that I wasn’t keen on and it wasn’t exactly a book filled with twists and turns, the narrative was still strong enough to keep you hooked until the very end.
This book was gifted to me by Avon Books in return for a review as part of the Perfect Crime book tour.