A policeman on his first murder case
A tattoo artist with a deadly secret
And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again…
When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand, but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?
The Tattoo Thief flicks between four characters. Marni a tattooist, Francis a DI, Rory, who works under Francis and the killer. The killer even though we get to meet them and see inside their dark and twisted mind, we don’t actually know who it is. Obviously I was trying to guess who but failed miserably.
Marni is quite a strong character and I have to say I loved finding out more about tattoo’s and what a normal working day is like for a tattooist. It really makes for some fascinating reading. Marni has a lot going on in her life without being caught up in a murder case but it made her so much more interesting and I really liked her.
Francis I loved. Such a great character and I really hope there is going to be more books featuring him. I liked how he really invested himself in this case even though higher up think they know better. He comes across as determined and caring and he would certainly someone I would be happy to have working on a case.
The Tattoo Thief is such an original story line that makes for a page turner of a read. It’s a very dark read that will have you on the edge of your seat as they close in on the killer. There was so many heart in mouth moments that horrified yet thrilled me and I couldn’t get enough. It was such a great climax also and didn’t disappoint. Certainly look forward to reading more by the author.
My thanks to Trapeze and NetGalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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