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The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine | Book Review




Thank you to the author and to Avon Books for sending me this proof copy. 

Description

The first fall of snow can be fatal... A year has passed since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he's hoping for peace and quiet this festive season. But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement - and no footsteps leading away.

Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter. Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier...

James knows that to catch this killer, he needs to solve a case that has long since gone cold... Perfect for fans of smash-hit TV series Whitehouse Farm, Simon McCleave's The Snowdonia Killings and Catherine Cooper's The Chalet. Readers love The Killer in the Snow: 'I loved this book! It is dark, gritty and thrilling ...

It is fast-paced and has you hooked from the first few pages. I devoured this book in two sittings.' 'Dang! Now this was one heck of a story! If you want suspense, thrills and chills, then this is your book!' 'A chilling page turner' 'WOW! This book had me hooked from the first page, I didn't want to put it down and this was one of the twistiest and most complicated murder cases I've ever read about.' 'Another fantastic book from Alex Pine!' 'I loved this book and enjoyed every minute of it. There were so many twists, turns and surprises on just about every page.' 'DI James Walker is fast becoming a favourite of mine along with Alex Pine being one of my top authors.'

Review 

A crime thriller that keeps you guessing

This book is the 2nd in a series by Alex Pine featuring DI Walker but I read it as a stand alone and didn't feel like I needed to have read the first, I didn't feel lost at any point so this works well as a stand alone book too. 

Though initially put off by the writing style which I found to be rather simplistic, by that I mean I felt the author was telling the reader too much rather than showing (There was a lot of 'she said, he said' which was off putting) once I had got used to it I actually really enjoyed the plot. 

The story had me intrigued and by the end of chapter 8 I was hooked and pushing on wanting to find out more. Either the writing improved or the story was so good I didn't notice the writing as much.

I really enjoyed the story line, the characters were well built and I felt the pace suited the plot. A few of the twists I guessed early on which is pretty standard for me as I read so much crime thriller. I thought I had guessed the ending early on too but was wrong, then when I correctly guessed the outcome the storyline had me second guessing myself. It was very cleverly done. 

A really enjoyable read that I will certainly recommend. I will also look to get hold of book one 'The Christmas Killer' too as I'm interested to read it now! 

Rating  

I give this one 3.5 (though 4 on Goodreads as no half points can be given)  I really enjoyed the story I just feel like the writing could be improved. I feel this is probably just me being fussy because I've read some seriously great books recently where the quality of writing is top notch.  

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Thanks again to the author and to Avon books for the proof copy. 

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