Tuesday, 25 September 2012

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Gone in Seconds - A J Cross

Release Date: 05/07/12


When the skeleton of a young woman is found near a West Midlands motorway, evidence suggests that it is that of teenager Molly James, who went missing five years ago. Forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are called in to re-investigate Molly's case. The deeper they dig the dirtier the clues get, and when a second set of remains is unearthed Kate suspects they're looking for a Repeater: a killer who will adapt, grow and not stop until they are caught. Will Dr Hanson manage to unravel the tangle of clues that the killer has left behind before he has a chance to take another innocent victim?


As a huge reader of Crime titles its starting to feel that these days you can’t pick up a book that isn’t written by someone who has been involved in the investigative side of a crime, whether its from former policemen or pathologists or now from criminal psychologists.

Not that it’s a bad thing as you know that the procedural side of things is correct for the relevant country but also because real life experiences have been woven within to help give it a feel of authenticity. What makes this book a little different is the fact that it’s set over here in the UK (which to be honest in my opinion makes it a little scarier) and whilst some cases aren’t mentioned by name the reader can cast some educated guesses at which ones are hinted at within.

All in, the details are pretty descriptive with the author not giving the reader the chance to miss anything with a solid prose and of course a wonderful lead character to help the reader make their way within this dark aspect of our own world. Back that up with solid deductions, some good side-lines and a plot that keeps you going throughout and all in it’s a cracking debut.

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