Today it’s another “thrilling” day on the book review café as I’m the next stop on The Be My Killer by Richard Parker blog tour. Be My Killer is published by one of my favourite book publishers Bookouture and the good news Be My Killer was published on the 26th of May 2017, so you don’t even have to wait to buy a copy just hop over to Amazon and “click” after you’ve read my review of course!
Don’t forget to check out my partner in crime on the blog tour aka fellow book blogger Susan’s review over at https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com
You set the trap. Now you can’t escape.
When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then a new victim is found, her body bound to a pillar, and its Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman. Hazel must find out what happened.
Is it one killer or more? Random, or part of a bigger plan?
The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove. With her film crew in tow, Hazel sets off for the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found, to solve the crime, bring Meredith justice, and make the documentary of her lifetime. But as Hazel interviews the victims’ families and friends, people start disappearing.
As the death toll rises, Hazel realises someone close-by is targeting her team methodically. Can she uncover the truth before another life is lost, or will the killer get to Hazel first?
Be My Killer by Richard Parker should come with the tag line “be afraid, be very afraid”, this novel reads like one of the scariest movies you watch, you know the slasher movies where you spend half the time peering from behind your fingers, you want to watch it but it’s making you anxious, your hearts pounding, that’s exactly how this novel made me feel whilst reading it. From the blood curdling first chapter you know it’s going to be a hell of a read. If you are expecting Be My Killer to be a conventional crime thriller forget it, as this book reminded me very much of the horror books I use to love reading in my younger days.
Be My Killer by Richard Parker is set in a derelict amusement park called Fun Central, a perfect setting for the most gruesome and original killings I’ve read about in a long time. I have to say the author has a twisted and warped imagination, but I mean that in the nicest possible way, as he’s certainly created one twisted killer, and as to the actual killings let’s just say they are very unique. Crime thrillers based around social media seem to be a popular theme for crime writers and I can definitely see why. The author uses Twitter and the #BeMyKiller hash tag which is pivotal to the plot, and it certainly works, in fact it adds a new level of terror to a gory and sometimes graphic read, this definitely isn’t one for the faint hearted.
I’m not going to go into plot details as the book description tells you all you need to know, but the concept of using a film crew to record a documentary based on Meredith Hickman one of the victims, was sheer genius and highly original. Be My Killer has the makings of a movie, there are so many “heart in your mouth” moments, a constant sense of unease, you are just waiting for the killer to strike again. I found myself constantly thinking Why? Whose next? which for me made for a truly heart pounding read.
If I had one small niggle with this book it was the array of characters the author introduces to the plot, at times I struggled to remember who they all were, which slightly distracted from my enjoyment of this book, but on the plus side Richard Parker has devised a very clever ploy and delivered this seriously twisted tale in short, snappy chapters which meant I kept on reading “one more chapter” long after I should have gone to bed! Be My Killer races along, spattering blood and body parts on the way, so if your squeamish this book may not be for you, but if like me you love the darker crime thriller with an intriguing plot and a serial killer who will give you nightmares then I would highly recommend you buy yourself a copy today.
Publisher: Bookouture (26 May 2017)
Richard Parker is an ex TV script writer, script editor and producer who now writes dark, stand alone thrillers. His first novel, Stop Me, was nominated for a Dagger Award. The movie rights to his second, Scare Me, have been bought by Hollywood studio Relativity Media with screenplay completed by Wentworth ‘PRISON BREAK’ Miller and his third, Stalk Me, rode high in the US and UK Amazon charts.