Review: The Soul Killer (DI Barton #2) by Ross Greenwood - .Red Wine & Books

Monday, October 5, 2020

Review: The Soul Killer (DI Barton #2) by Ross Greenwood


Print Length: 346 pages
Publisher: Boldwood Books May 7, 2020)

From Goodreads.com:  ‘Repent in this life, rejoice in the next…’

When a suicide devastates a happy family, they can’t accept their loved one would take his own life, so they ask the brilliant DI Barton to investigate. But with no obvious suspicious circumstances, the case is soon closed.

Shortly afterwards however, the family is rocked by another blow – this time a shocking accident. And when the remains of a man are found, and the victim has an odd connection to the same family, everything points to one suspect.

Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, on the hunt for more souls.

How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than yours…?

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

What started off as an interesting look into the twisted mind of a killer - once their identity was revealed, it turned into an epic game of cat and mouse which left me on the edge of my seat as I wondered whether or not DI Barton would ever catch up in time to put an end to the madness. 

In this sequel to The Snow Killer (which you do not have to have read in order to enjoy this one), we get to see more of DI Barton and his team as they are unknowingly thrust in the path of another serial killer - this one all the more dangerous not only for his belief that he is doing the right thing, but for the fact that all of his brutal crimes have come away looking like something else. A robbery gone wrong, a suicide, an accidental drowning - these violent acts go unconnected allowing this twisted mind to operate right under their noses. Until at last the victim they never intended to kill is found, prompting the murder investigation where the pieced eventually start to come together unraveling his carefully laid plans. 

Much like in The Snow Killer, this book alternates between the point of view of the killer and his adversary DI Barton, a fact which I know is off-putting to some readers, but one that I enjoy. I think part of what draws me into this author's books is the fact that we get to see every aspect of the case - including what drives the killer to do these heinous acts.  It gives more to the story in my opinion when we get those little pieces to go along with everything else. Plus, with this story in particular, all of the deaths were SO different that I wondered how the killer would ever be caught.  

I believe that this book will be a hit with people who enjoy good psychological thrillers and games of cat and mouse. I already have the third installment of this series lined up - and I absolutely cannot wait to read it! 

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                                                        The Soul Killer is available from Amazon.com
                                                         (for free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited)

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