Monday, 27 February 2012

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Killing Room - Richard Montanari

Release Date: 16/02/12


Nothing will ever be the same again...

In the heart of Philadelphia's badlands, Homicide Detectives Byrne and Balzano are called out to a particularly chilling crime scene. Once the pillar of the neighbourhood, an abandoned church has become a killing room.

At first it looks like a random act of violence. But then a second body is found, and a third. Each crime scene more disturbing than the last, each murder more brutal. And it soon becomes horrifyingly clear that a cold, calculating and terrifyingly precise mind is at work.

With very few leads, and a mastermind who always seems to be one step ahead, Byrne and Balzano are faced with challenges they could never have imagined as they race against time to hunt down their killer, before it's too late...


OK, you’re at a loose end and want something to scare the hell out of you whilst being safely tucked up in bed, with a warm duvet and a big glass of something alcoholic. You want a story that could happen in the real world, investigated by full fleshed out characters that have grown through their previous outings and are of course old friends to you. So what are you going to reach for?

Well at the moment, I’d have to recommend Richard Montanari’s latest, The Killing Room. It has great characters, the prose is ideal and of course with top notch dialogue backed up with a wonderful pace, it’s a book that’s hard to put down. (Although let us just say don’t leave the bottle nearby as quietening your nerves “medicinally” may well be the type of phrase used that also equates to “I don’t feel well, tell the boss I’m sick.”) Don’t get me wrong, this book has plenty of scare for all but when you add the authors unnerving ability to creep under your skin and to make each sound you hear something else, this may well be the book to make you sleep with the lights on. Great stuff all in and a book for me that puts Richard back up to form. I’ll eagerly be awaiting his next outing.

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