Many thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog blitz invite for ‘Copycat’ by C.S.Barnes. Here is my review:
When the body of a young woman, Jenni Grantham, is found abandoned, DI Melanie Watton and her team are called to investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the murder, the method and the appearance of the victim, is something they have seen before.
With the help of Medical Examiner George Waller, DI Watton uncovers the case history of Michael Richards – a local murderer who killed five women before turning himself in.
Further investigations reveal that Jenni was recently reported missing by her parents. And when Jenni’s personal effects are explored, shocking discoveries are made about the victim’s fascination with the original killings.
However, when the ME makes a surprise discovery, DI Watton realises that Jenni was perhaps not the only local with a fixation on these infamous killings.
With a copycat killer on the loose, the team know it is only a matter of time before another body is discovered. But when a second victim is found, the team find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew…
What does TWG think?
I really wasn’t sure on this book at first. Pardon the pun, seeing as the book is called ‘Copycat’, but I found the storyline to be a little bit samey.
That said, I enjoyed the thrilling aspects of the book and felt that they helped to make up for my earlier reservations. I enjoyed the authors attention to detail though and the way she gave her characters depth, especially the medical examiner. I thought George Waller was such a brilliant addition to the storyline.
Even though i felt that the storyline lacked uniqueness, I still enjoyed the way in which C.S.Barnes brought her characters to life, making ‘Copycat’ a twisty little read.