When Crime Scene Manager, Cass Hunt, is called to a fatal road traffic collision in the dead of night, not all is as it seems and the last thing she expects is to end up working on a murder case with DCI Alex McKay.
More gruesome murders, a dead dog, and a startling revelation has the whole of the North East Police force reeling. Will they catch him before his latest prize becomes another victim and he fades into the shadows once more?
From the tree-line, someone is watching, and he doesn’t like where the investigation leads. Taking his time, he plans and executes each kill. He will not rest until his job is complete. One thing’s for certain, his intent is deadly, he’s dangerous, and he’s coming for her.
What a great debut novel this is.
On the surface Cass is a strong and independent woman who lives for her job. Due to a bad relationship with her now ex, which left her fighting for her life, underneath she is very fragile. I love how only really the readers and Alex see the fragile and damaged part of her. The reader as well as Alex can’t help but care about this person and you are routing for her to do well in her work as well as find some happiness which luckily she does through the form of Alex.
Alex is also a great character who has a failed relationship behind him but being around Cass, there’s just something about her that keeps drawing him to her. Luckily Alex manages to break down Cass’s barriers and get close to her.
The case that Alex and Cass are working on is pretty gruesome and what the victims have to endure certainly makes for uncomfortable reading but that made this book even darker and grittier which I loved. The author certainly doesn’t hold back anything which adds to the tension of the story and makes it a truly gripping story.
It’s very much a case of cat and mouse with the killer playing games with the police. It takes a while for Cass and Alex to put the clues together but when they do the story increases it’s pace so that you are hurtling towards the end to see how it will all end.
With Deadly Intent is actually the first novel in a new crime series and I for one can’t wait to read more.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
With Deadly Intent is available to purchase from Amazon.