The lifeless body sat, hands bound, silver tape over his mouth. Patches of blood had soaked into the cheap carpet around him. Zac had spent years gaining scientific insight into the mind: human motivation and behaviour. And this scene wasn't right...
Its been five years since Detective Zac Boateng's daughter was murdered and her killer was never found. Now Zac is back working for the Metropolitan Police and is more determined than ever to bring the city's killers to justice.
When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown South London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. Two years ago, the victim helped send him to prison. And he's just been released.
Still grieving, Zac knows it will take everything he's got to catch this dangerously clever killer. But just as he feels he's getting closer, he realises all is not quite as it seems and he makes a devastating personal discovery.
Zac has a choice to make - risk letting this killer escape or watch his daughter's murderer get away again..
I honestly can't give this book enough praise, you may remember in a previous review about adding that book to my top ten novels. Well this one is without doubt being added to my top ten of 2018.
The novel is the first in a series of Detective Zac Boateng stories, and I am really looking forward to diving in to rest of series when they are released. This book, for me, scores top marks across the board. Chris's style of writing is right up my street, and the story was well thought out and brilliantly written. The first chapter is so well written and really drew me in and this level of writing was maintained all the way through. For me, sometimes books can ebb and flow but I didn't find this with Chris Merritt's work, I was invested right up until the end.
The character of Zac Boateng was one of my favourite parts of this novel, he is grieving but is bending all the rules to try and find out who murdered his daughter. During the book I enjoyed that the character of the suspect was also covered very well and I got to read what Darian was doing while the police were investigating. Although Zac is my favourite, I felt all the characters in this book had something to offer.
This is an absolute must read for crime fiction fans, I couldn't put it down and I'm already waiting for the next part of the series.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Bookouture for sending me a ARC to read and review.