A truly incredible crime fiction which has ‘page-turner’ written all over it – check out Perfect Kill by Helen Fields.
Alone, trapped in the darkness, and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim. Drugged and kidnapped from his Edinburgh home, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container. But what Bart doesn’t know is that he’s now heading for France, where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases. But they soon collide as it becomes clear that the victims being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.
With so many lives at stake, it seems an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and many others like him will soon be dead…
Big props to Fields for upping her game.
I dare you to go to your nearest bookshop and read the first chapter of this and then put the book down and not buy it. TALK ABOUT GRIPPING.
Perfect Kills is the 6thinstalment in the DI Callanach series, and it’s my favourite so far (although I haven’t read them all). It’s a great series with great characters, and this book itself is modern and terrifying. Fields has not held back with the more gruesome elements in this book, making it more gritty and tense than its predecessors which I LOVED.
It can definitely be read as a standalone, although now I really want to go back and read the first few books, having jumped in late to the series, so I’d recommend starting from the beginning, especially for character development.
I’m still loving the characters – I think Eva is one of my favourite DCI’s – she’s been constructed brilliantly, and Luc is likely Keanu Reeves in my eyes, and I dig it. Although far apart, the two intertwine and that chemistry just pours out of the pages.
This book is intense 70% of the time, despite sitting at 384 pages. For crime fiction, I find 300 pages is my limit without it being repetitive and slow, but this is neither repetitive nor slow; it’s just a fab crime fiction which happens to be slightly longer, and that is 110% okay. I didn’t feel like anything was missing, and every page seemed to be there for a reason – if anything, it just allowed you to get more gripped by the story.
You won’t be able to put Perfect Kills down even if you want to. It throws you straight into the action, so be prepared. Big props to Fields for upping her game.
Perfect Kill, Helen Fields, RRP £7.99 (paperback); Book Depository
Genre: Crime Fiction