Day three of the #ToCatchAKiller blog tour is here, and I am delighted to be sharing my review with you all for my stop on the tour. Many thanks to Alainna and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
I’ve been watching you DS Alice Parr.
I saw you trying to save the poor young woman you found in the park.
The woman I tried to kill.
I’ve been waiting for you to find her family. To find someone who cares about her.
But you can’t can you?
You’ve never had a case like this.
I know everything about you. You know nothing about me.
Even though I’m the man you’re looking for.
And you will never catch me…
What does TWG think?
Where do I even begin?! There’s a killer on the loose. The thing is, the police know WHO he is….ish, but they have no idea where he is or how they keep missing him. One minute he’s in the vicinity they want, and then the next he has disappeared into thin air. Will DS Alice Parr, and the rest of the team, finally get their hands on their man?
I really wasn’t sure of this book to begin with as I felt like I had just walked into the middle of someone else’s thoughts, missing the vital first half. Should I have been aware of anything before I began reading? It felt like it, but I don’t think so…now anyway. The thing is, ‘To Catch A Killer’ is hugely psychologically based, and the fact that readers are deeply rooted into Alice Parr’s brain throughout the duration of the blog, makes the storyline one of the most complex and intense books I think I have ever read. I’m not complaining at all – it just took a little bit of getting used to.
Once I was a little more familiar with Parr’s train of thought, I was able to sink my teeth further into the storyline and get stuck into the nitty-gritty. By golly there were a lot of them!!
I had never picked up an Emma Kavanagh novel before now, so I really had no idea what to expect in terms of the writing style or the way in which the author approached certain things. Now, having read ‘To Catch A Killer’, I can guarantee that it will not be the only book I delve into from this author.
The storyline was fast paced and highly complex in both a confusing, and suspenseful way. It just goes to show that over thinking is the devil, and that sometimes things are, more often than not, stuck under your very nose, with the realisation hitting far too late.
DS Parr is one intriguing character, I have to admit. Her approach to work is rather interesting, although it’s clear that she struggles to keep the emotional aspect away from her job. I can’t blame her really, although in that line of work, if you became emotional during every single case, you’d end up being off work with stress.
All in all I thought ‘To Catch A Killer’ was a psychological work of art, and the way Kavanagh thought outside of the box with her dynamic and multi-layered storyline was pretty outstanding. This book kept me guessing until the very last page and had me gasping in shock at the truth. That said, whilst the truth is revealed to an extent, the storyline does end on an Eastenders dun dun dun….moment, so be prepared to be slightly frustrated! For me, this is what a thriller should be all about. Okay, yes, I was confused at times, but the fact I couldn’t put the book down just goes to show that the storyline held me hostage and, as weird as this sounds, I would quite happily be held hostage by Emma Kavanagh again!