Chris Sigurdsson has left the police force to start his own detective agency in London. He and his assistant, Priya, have built a strong reputation, and their casebook for the coming months is full. But Sigurdsson’s mind drifts back to his time as a Detective Inspector, and to the surreal week he spent investigating a case on Salvation Island.
When the estranged wife of David Lithgow, a writer who had been working on the island, approaches him to help locate her missing spouse, he cannot resist the allure of that sinister, mist-shrouded place…
The case leads him back to Salvation Island and into a treacherous labyrinth of deceit.
Is there a link between the mysterious proprietor of a travelling freak show and the malevolent spectre of a vicious serial murderer who butchered six young women on the island?
Has the killer continued his murderous spree from beyond the grave, or is there a copycat on the loose?
To solve this case, Sigurdsson will need to enter the mind of a sadistic serial killer and unravel the island’s darkest secrets. And if he wants to survive, he must confront his deepest fears.
I have to say that the start of this book as well as the end of it, seriously spooked me out. The author draws us straight in with the tale of Spitt, a serial killer who had butchered young women. Now serial killers are people who have always fascinated me so I was well and truly gripped as the description of Spitt’s house was so terrifying and there was no wonder that David Lithgow had come to get obsessed with the whole story of him.
Salvation Island is somewhere I have to admit I wouldn’t fancy living. A lot seems to go off there and the people are not quite as welcoming as you would expect. Mason is the police officer in charge and someone from Chris’s past. There seems to be a bit of un resolved chemistry of which didn’t seem to get anymore in the way of being resolved by the end of the book.
Chris is a likeable guy with a few issues of his own. He has held a bit of a torch for Mason for a lot of years and is one of the reasons why he takes on this case. I have to admit I was right with Chris when he gets on the Island and visits Spitt’s house. He becomes so wrapped up in it all that I felt at times, like him, that I was losing my mind.
Never Rest is one seriously twisted read. It is primarily a crime book but certainly has elements of horror to it. It certainly kept me on my toes and what a way to finish a book off! It certainly makes it one that you won’t forget in a hurry.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Gooreads rating 4/5 stars.
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Author bio and links:
Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story. Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more dark tales in the very near future. If you want to chat to him about this, or about anything at all, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites; he’d also love it if you would check out his website at www.jon-richter.com.