This is the second book in the DCI Claire Winters series, but The Principle Of Evils is the first book I have read by author T.M.E. Walsh. Personally I think it can be read as a stand alone, as there are only small references to the previous book For All Our Sins. When a body is found frozen in a lake, DCI Winters and her team are bought in to investigate, it soon becomes apparent the killer will strike again. As the body count rises, the pressure is on for DCI Claire Winters to find the perpetrator and bring them to justice. As Claire gets closer to the killer, little does she realise he has her firmly in his sights.
I found The Principle Of Evils to be a relatively good read, it had a good plot with a few twists, but not as many as I would have liked. If I’m honest I love a crime read to have plenty of twists, that keep me guessing until the end, unfortunately I guessed the killer half way through. The characters were interesting and credible especially the female protagonist Claire Winters, she comes across as cold and very efficient, but as you learn more about her you see the vulnerable side of her. I also found her interaction with her fellow colleagues interesting, and would like to see how they develop in the next book in the series by T.M.E. Walsh
As the body count rises the tension mounts, as Claire and her team try to catch the killer. The plot moves along at a steady pace with a few chilling moments, but personally I would have liked a few more! Although I enjoyed this book and it was a relatively easy read, I prefer a crime thriller to be darker, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. On the other hand I would read the next book in this series, as all the elements for a good crime thriller are there, they just need to be developed further to make a gripping read
Publisher: Carina; ePub ed edition (25 Feb. 2016)