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Raise The Blade: A gripping psychological thriller laced with black humour Kindle Edition
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A serial killer and six unconnected victims are trapped in a web of violence in Tess Makovesky's cracking debut Raise The Blade, a brutal slice of Brit Grit crime fiction.
The first is the main focus of this collection, with a dash of black comedy for good measure (You almost have to laugh at the daftness of the victims… almost).
What you get is a series of deliciously dark vignettes that chronicle the downfall or discovery of a victim - always keeping the murderer to no more than a brief appearance. A study in desperation, hope for better things and over-exercised curiosity draws the complex range of characters into the killer's grasp and lets you see it from the other side: how do people end up as another tragic number? What is their weakness?
Eventually of course, we get to the reasons, the heart of the matter - but you can read on a little longer can’t you...?
Raise the Blade is a gruesome short story that harbours one of the sickest, vilest, most twisted serial killers I've ever read about. In this brilliantly written, at times terrifying, book, author Tess Makovesky has given birth to a completely new dimension in the interaction between killer and victim.
In all the murder mysteries I've read, it's always the killer who goes out for the kill. Not so in Raise the Blade. In this book, rather than trying to escape the killer's clutches, the victims are the ones who go and actually seek him, fully knowledgeable that he's a killer. But why? What is it that attracts them to him like moths to a light source?
This book can also be considered an interesting study of human nature, of human psychology. Each of the characters we meet in this book has his/her own reasoning behind their decision to track down the killer instead of doing the right thing and go to the police.
Well, I found myself very much engrossed by this book and ended up devouring it in a very short time. I just wished it was longer with a more expanded plot. Very brilliant, original concept I'm sure serial killer thriller lovers like me will enjoy. Highly recommended.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
The writing style is lively, and full of dark humour, so if you like your crime stories dark with a comical twist, you’ll love this one.
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