Sixteen years ago, Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and driven, with a talent for getting into the minds of criminals, she solved several high-profile murder cases.
But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her instinct and ability to immerse herself in violent worlds couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.
Now, years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.
The start of a new crime fiction series featuring former police detective, Kate Marshall. When you write something as good as this for the start of a new series all I can think is that he must have something utterly spectacular up his sleeve for book two, because after reading this one, expectations are extremely high, and with standards being set so incredibly high I can’t wait to see what’s next.
1995 and Detective Constable Kate Marshall attends the scene of another murdered young girl, the newest victim of the serial killer the press has dubbed ‘The Nine Elms Cannibal’. It will be an evening that defines the rest of her life in more ways than one as she comes face to face with the killer.
Fifteen years later and Kate is finally getting her life back on track after catching serial killer, Peter Conway, aka, The Nine Elms Cannibal. Now living on the coast in the Devon countryside and working as a university lecturer of Criminology things seem to be on the up for her, until a phone call from friend and forensic pathologist Alan Hexham brings her face to face with her past.
There is a copycat killer who calls himself ‘A Fan” on the loose, and he has other plans on top of recreating Peter’s murders, and once again Kate is pulled into the world of The Nine Elms Cannibal, only this time she may not escape with her life.
Set in Devon and areas that are local to where I live, this fictional killer is hunting in my own back yard. Not often does the area where I live make it into fictional worlds, and being in this book was a wonderful surprise, I am just thankful it is fictional as no-one would want a real life serial killer of this caliber walking the streets, let alone behind bars!
Filled with some great characters and a likeable protagonist in Kate Marshall this book has all the right ingredients for an outstanding novel, with just the right amount of gruesome delights and twists and turns, this is one hell of a page turner that had me burning the midnight oil as I read right through the night. Nine Elms being so brilliant, it’s going to be a very hard book to follow. I can’t wait for book two to see what the author takes us to next.
This is an extremely clever, entertaining and immersive read that fans of crime fiction, or even just fans of well written books will not what to miss, as cliched as that is to say! It is so good, I have read it twice!
Nine Elms was published on digital platforms back in November 2019, with the Hardback edition being published on 9 Jan 2020 and the paperback due to be released on 25 June 2020 in the UK. Grab your own copy of this brilliant book by clicking on the link below or from your local bookstore.
A massive thanks to the author Robert Bryndza, publishers Little, Brown Book Group and NetGalley for my digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.