Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed.
If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him. But as the police, the press and a threatening figure from Glasgow’s underworld begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully-laid plans threaten to unravel – with horrifying consequences.
This is my first book by this author and certainly won’t be my last!
I have to admit I’m not quite sure if this is the start of a series or not as the police side of things is very low key. The whole story centres around the serial killer himself. I enjoyed that we get to see everything from his point of view and I think overall readers are going to take to him.
Getting to see a serial killer in his work and home life really humanised him for me. You can’t help but have some empathy for the guy. Just for being a taxi driver alone! The author nails the small talk and the constant stream of the same questions and has made me think twice about what I will talk about next time I get into one.
The papers give the killer the nick name of ‘Jock the Ripper’ which I found highly amusing. It’s always the little things but it bought a little bit of humour into what is otherwise a raw and gritty read.
Random is a dark and gripping read that I found myself flying through. As all the pieces started to come together, it certainly held some surprises and shocks in store and I thought it was very cleverly done. Look forward to reading more by the author.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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