Having just found Alex Walters's books it was great to get a second DCI Kenny Murrain to read so soon after the first. I very quickly came to like the character of Kenny, and the story was cleverly interwoven with the different characters giving various aspects of the story. I look forward to the next book in this series.
This book arrived from amazon early in the week and i couldn’t wait to start it because I enjoyed Late Checkout so much. The plot pulled me in with a strong hook, right from the start. Alex Walters runs two stories along side each other to start with. One is present day with DCI Murrain and the discovery of a child's body, and the second is two years previously with a psychologist, Kate. I knew from reading his first book in the DCI Murrain series that everything mentioning other characters is relevant to the story, and was drawn to the character, Kate, straight away. Eventually the events in Kate’s life reach the present day and the plot, which was already moving forward at a steady rate, picks up speed. Not only has a child been found dead, having gone missing on the way home from school, but there have been a few reported incidents of attempted snatches of children in the area. Two years previously Kate was involved in assessing a child murderer for release. This is just the start of the story. Mr Walters draws you into their personal lives and consequently into their heads. As usual DCI Kenny Murrain has ‘feelings’ about certain aspects of witnesses or places and while he is trying to unravel what they mean, events are building up. I won’t give any spoilers here, suffice to say while I was reading the book, in the middle of the afternoon, I had shivers running up and down my spine and neck. I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how it ended. My husbands tea was late that day, I didn’t want to stop and prepare the food until I'd finished the book. I can’t wait for the next in the series, but in the mean time I have ordered ‘Trust no one” and ‘Nowhere to Hide’ because they follow Marie Donovan before she went to work for DCI Murrain, and I am looking forward to reading them before Christmas. I have added Alex Walters to my list of favourite crime writers. If you like Peter Robinson, Peter May, Ann Cleeves, and James Oswald, then you will like Alex Walters.
DCI Kenny Murrain is faced with the death of a child, but almost no leads to suggest who the killer might be. As the case begins to go cold, reports of attempted child abductions begin to surface; but are they genuine, or the result of the children's overactive imaginations or their mothers' paranoia? And what about the convicted child-murderer living in their midst?
Inundated with input from his unfocused "sixth sense" Kenny struggles to put it all together.
The odd typo but story flows. Clever plot with descriptive scene setting just enough. Rounded characters with the addition of Murrain' s special 'gift' to make this more than your usual crime novel. Easy to read, not too gruesome with some light and shade and a very slight hint of romance. Lots here to carry forward to another book. I hope there is one being written!
You really need to read this one to understand how murraines mind works really enjoyed it. Not always keen on books that go back and forth but worked for this one. Take a punt sure you won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed Late Checkout so was looking forward very much to this one, which I found totally gripping throughout, and probably even better than the first in the series. There were so many twists and turns that kept me guessing throughout. The story is intricately plotted, finely written and I highly recommend it.
Enjoyed this book very much. Got a bit confused because of so many characters at first. But an excellent read and the bad guy was not who I thought it was. Definitely recommend this book and this author.