When the body of a man is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology report confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder inquiry.
Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more?
Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is on the trail of a twisted serial killer – and the stakes just got higher:
The first victim was Daddy Bear. The second Mummy Bear.
Unless Dan can catch the killer, Baby Bear will be next.
An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter.
Serial killers are something I have always been fascinated by. Even more so when it’s a woman. So I was very intrigued to workout what made her tick.
The story flicks between the female serial killer, of who we don’t know exactly who she is, she is as much a mystery to us as she is to the police and Dan, who is the detective working on the case.
Dan I was instantly drawn to. He is troubled as a lot of these crime fiction detectives seem to be yet he is still very likeable. Even though he is trying his best to start moving on with his life he doesn’t seem to be able to let the past go. His dead girlfriend never seems to be far from his thoughts.
I know I’m supposed to dislike the serial killer and in a way I did. I think because we tend not to see many female serial killers, she really stood out to me and I just found her fascinating. What she is doing is very wrong yet as a reader it thrilled me as well as chilling me to the very core.
Black Heart is a thrilling start to what looks set to be a criminally good crime series! A chilling case that had me pounding through the pages. Can’t wait to read more.
My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.
Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.