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The Tattoo Thief Paperback – 20 Sep 2018
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Edgy and ice cool - Marni Mullins is my kind of heroine! (Marnie Riches)
RAGDOLL meets GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - follow the trail of blood and ink in the year's most twisted serial killer thriller. For readers who enjoy Val McDermid, Chris Carter and Stuart MacBride.See all Product description
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The story holds together well; there is a killer in Brighton flaying victims in order to preserve their tattoos. The story is told from several perspectives including the killer and it rattles along at a good pace. The depictions of tattoos studios, conventions, techniques and the art itself seemed well-researched if a little naïve in places.
This felt very much like the first book in a series, the Detective has scope to be developed and the dynamic between him and his fellow officers was a little different from the usual fare.
An enjoyable and easy read, I'd certainly read another in her series.
The investigative team is led by newly promoted DI Francis Sullivan. He is not your usual whisky swilling, world weary detective. He is a church goer, he is young, and people most certainly misjudge him. His team believe he's not up to task, especially his DS, Rory, who was passed over for promotion. So, we start the book with Francis on his first job, investigating the murdering a man whose body was flayed. Francis has a desperate need to solve the case and prove that he can do the job. He is an interesting character. At first I wasn't sure about him, but as I progressed through the book I began to understand him and found him most likeble. This is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and who cares about justice and the people around him.
This book is all about tattoos and I found the details of having a tattoo and the people who work in this industry, truly fascinating (I don't have a tattoo), much like Francis, I learnt about this community as I went along.
Marni Mullins was an absolutely captivating character. I couldn't help but like her. A woman who knows her own mind and who speaks up for what she believes in. She is such a complex character, with a colourful past and I desperately wanted to understand her. Much like Francis, I couldn't help but like her
What I most enjoyed about this book was the interaction between Marni and Francis. Both polar opposites. Francis a devout Catholic, clean living, with no tattoos, while Marni has experienced many downfalls in life, is covered in tattoos and tattoos people for a living. In another life these two characters would never be seen together, would never have a conversation. But, this book allows them to strike up that conversation and the results are pure brilliance
The author has created a truly dark and menacing read. The idea that a person is murdered simply to obtain their tattoo sends chills down my spine. It's a unique story, but one that could happen, it feft completely real to me, and that is what I found most frightening. This is one chilling serial killer.
If you enjoy dark crime thrillers, and a crime novel wirh a unique concept and compelling characters then you'll love this story. I did!
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