THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN STOP HIM IS THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY…
‘The rock cast a sharp, dark shadow over a shape huddled on the ground. Please don’t let it be the boy, Colomba thought. Her silent prayer didn’t go unanswered. The corpse belonged to the mother.’
Dante Torre spent eleven young years in captivity – held by a man known only as The Father – before outwitting his abductor. Now working for the police force, Torre’s methods are unorthodox but his brilliance is clear. When a young child goes missing in similar circumstances in Rome, Torre must confront the demons of his past to attempt to solve the case.
Paired with Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, all evidence suggests The Father is active after being dormant for decades, and that he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante.
I have had this book in my tbr pile since its paperback release on the 10th August 2017 and it is now the 26th July 2018 so I am really late getting to it but, “better late than never” as the saying goes and now i just want to kick my own arse for leaving it so long!! However, on the plus side, I don’t have to wait a year for the second book in the series – Kill the Angel, which was published on the 3rd May 2018. The wait would have been pretty shite due to the cliff-hanger of an ending!
I purchased the second book whilst half way through this one as it was so good, it is by far one of my top reads of 2018 so far.
The two main characters, Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre were equally brilliant, not always likeable but very memorable and I can’t wait to find out where they are now after such a devastating case and by the sounds of it they are about to be thrown back into another grizzly case. The only slight issue I found was that I struggled with some of the other minor characters names, there are two names that were very similar but polar opposites of characters so a few times i was trying to work out why the good guy was with the bad guys!! But I should imagine that it’s just me and my inability to remember people’s names!
There are some fairly gruesome scenes in parts but not over the top gore fest but I honestly think that makes Kill the Father such a standout novel balancing out the police procedurals, back story and character building. But I do love a good gory serial killer thriller 🙂
I am going to keep this review fairly brief as I NEED to get stuck into book two asap!!
So to summarise – A brilliant fast paced crime thriller with plenty of twists and turns that simply don’t let up. And the old cliche genuinely applied to this book, I honestly couldn’t put it down! (I am writing this at 04:25am because i had to finish the book!)
I cant recommend it enough and i can see why it was a Richard and Judy 2017 Bookclub pick. If you are a fan of this genre you won’t want to miss this one, if it’s still in your tbr pile I’d suggest moving it right to the top of it!!
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