The basic premise of this story is a good one and promises much. The way in which the story is played out, little by little, teases the reader and keeps the attention. We know who the killer is but we don't know how he relates to any of the other characters in the story. We know his name and a little about him but we don't know why he is doing what he is doing and what is driving him to do the things he does. Why do people have to die in such hideous ways, and what is the significance of his dreams? The tension felt in a community where a serial killer is at large is well described, but not overplayed. There is a gradual building of relationships and a hint of other things happening in the lives of the police officers, although much more is told about DCI Cowell, because the relationships he is building will be affected by the things which he is working on. There was potential for this to be a thrilling story but sadly the whole thing is let down by inconsistencies, inaccuracies and a failure to follow through on a number of plot devices. In the UK murders are investigated by the CID (Criminal Investigation Department), which is not a uniformed section of the police, but throughout the story we are told that the Detective Chief Inspector and his Sergeant are both in uniform. We also take our animals to the Vet for treatment, if pushed, to the veterinary surgeon but NOT to the Veterinarian. The constant use of the word "peaked" when the author really meant "peeked" was also quite irritating. There were many instances where the use of a good proofreader would have been extremely beneficial, but instead was sadly lacking.
This was a story with a lot of promise, but was not well handled. Hopefully if there is to be a sequel, and the loose ends indicate that that is a possibility, I would hope that the errors and inconsistencies would be ironed out first