After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.
This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.
While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.
Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.
Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?
The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…
Ever since I’ve read The Mechanic trilogy, Faceless by Rob Ashman has been one of my anticipated reads of 2018. Now sometimes my most anticipated reads can turn out to be a big let down because I expect great things, but I’m thrilled to report this wasn’t the case, in fact Faceless made for a brilliant read and if anything it actually surpassed my expectations. Rob Ashman has such a vivid and dare I say fertile imagination I do wonder how he manages to sleep at night! I’m not adverse to a crime thriller that’s gruesome in fact I rather enjoy them if I’m honest, the fact Faceless has one of the most disturbing serial killers who carries out the most repugnant killings I’ve ever come across, makes this book such a thrilling albeit a horrifying (in a totally good way) read. if you love a serial killer thriller they don’t come much more thrilling than Faceless.
The author certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention with an intriguing preface and a shocker of an opening chapter, Faceless is one of those books that once you start reading it’s nigh on impossible to put down. DI Rosalind Kray like many fictional detectives has a troubled personal life, but Rob Ashman gives Kray an original and alarming backstory, which immediately makes her a very compelling character. I have a feeling that she will become one of my favourite fictional Detectives as the series develops.
For me it was the chapter told from the serial killers POV that made this such a riveting read, their one creepy, bone chilling, spine tingling individual. At the same time I also find them to be a fascinating character, as the reader you learn more about the life events that shaped the killer. As to their motive behind the killings Well my lips are sealed but suffice to say their distinct method of killing made me grimace on more than one occasion, definitely my favourite fictional serial killer I’ve read about this year.
Rob Ashman has an incredible knack of describing the most gruesome scenes that will make the most hardened crime thriller readers stomach churn so this book probably isn’t one for the faint hearted. Personally I think these scenes exactly make this book a nail biting read, they add to the overall tension and also heighten the reader’s anxiety about “what’s going to happen next?” I’m sure my favourite saying whilst reading this book was “OMFG”! I must have said it at least a dozen times as the book became darker and more sinister. Faceless is a book that begs to be read in one sitting, the pacing, the plot and the memorable characters make Faceless a MUST read for crime thriller lovers.
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (21 May 2018)
Tomorrow I’m on the #BlogBlitz tour for the second book in the series This Little Piggy 🐷 so don’t forget to pop by and read my review.