Helen Fields is the author of 5 D.I Callanach series including Perfect Crime. A former member of Interpol, Luc Callanah is now working for the Major Investigations Team of Police Scotland (Edinburgh). This is my first book by Ms.Fields and here’s my take on it.
We begin with a Mr. Stephen Berry in the midst of committing suicide on top of a bridge. But soon he is helped down by a suicide prevention counsellor. Yet within a week he is found dead, and though it looks like suicide, both DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…But before they can conclude that investigation, more bodies pile up. All former suicide patients and on first glance they seem to have been successful in it. Yet there is something wrong in the way these suicides are committed and as more bodies are found, it becomes clear there’s a serial killer on the loose.
Since I am late to the party, the relationship between Callanach and Turner is not something I can comment on except it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. It is smoothly integrated into the storyline and contributes to the plot. The problems that arise between the boss and their subordinate is aptly captured as well. The serial killer is definitely not a run of the mill kind and does have a unique spin to them. There was a subplot I felt was unnecessary. Its fast paced yet drawn out to understand the characters more fully. The other characters who have been in the series for long also make their presence felt despite not having read the other four books. Yet, mid way I had guessed the identity of the serial killer correctly and so is probably mildly predictable. Its definitely one of the better police procedural books out there and I would be happy to check out her previous books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for my review copy.
Release date – 18th April, 2019.
Pros: Storyline, pace, characterisation
Cons: Could have made it more tight by loosing some pages
Bibliogyan Verdict: A series am sure we can happily follow