by MJ Arlidge
Publisher: Berkey NAL
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The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there's a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .
Kritters Thoughts: The second in the series and before you keep reading, I completely recommend starting with the first book and since this is only book two, you don't have a lot to catch up. I reviewed the first book yesterday.
So now onto the review. I loved it! This second book like the first follows Detective Inspector Helen Grace and it follows both her personal and professional life. With short chapters just like the first book, the pace just kept moving and moving. I read this one in just three sittings and loved it.
This book had a different serial killer, female again and a different motive and different "set" of victims. I love how MJ Arlidge weaves Helen Grace's personal life with the investigation. I also love how we learn about the personal lives of those on her team.
This series is really reminding me of a CSI series with each book or episode would have one case, but each book builds on the other as we learn about the team and its members.
I am hooked on this series and am going to anxiously wait for number three to be published on this side of the pond!
Warning again that this book had the same amount of gore in the first and if you have a tender stomach, you may want to think twice about it.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.