My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A propulsive debut suspense novel, filled with secrets, nerve-jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold-blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened—and who did it
After months of hunting a cold-blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him. Yet instead of calling for help, she’s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints.
But Carver isn’t dead.
Awakening in the hospital, Carver has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer. Though there’s no evidence to support his claim, Carver insists the attack is retaliation, an attempt to scare the detective off the psychopath’s scent, because he’s getting too close. Trapped in a hospital bed and still very weak, Carver’s obsession grows. He’s desperate to get back to work and finally nail the bastard, before more innocent blood is spilled.
One person knows the truth and she’s not telling. She’s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates. It doesn’t matter that Carver and the rest of the force are counting on her, and that more victims’ lives at stake. Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she’ll cross every line—sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life—to keep it from surfacing.
Utterly engrossing and filled with masterfully crafted surprises, Splinter in the Blood is a propulsive roller-coaster ride, filled with deception, nerve-jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold-blooded murder.
Reading this book feels a bit like starting to watch a movie in the middle or on a random page start a book. Not that the book has that confusing feeling. Instead, it feels like you are in the middle of an investigation and you get to know more about what happened before as the story progresses.
Now I want to say that one thing is a bit of a downer with this book. It was pretty easy to figure out who the serial killer is. True, the author throws out some red herrings, but I had my eyes set on a person quite early one, and then I just had to wait to find out if I was right. And I was btw. This actually was both a blessing and a curse. I mean, I like to be surprised and I was never surprised by reading this book, on the other hand, do I like feeling like I'm one or two step ahead in the story. Another thing is that I can't say that this book is in any way successful. It was interesting, a perfectly alright crime novel, and I would definitely read more in this series. I especially liked Carver's new talent after he wakes up after being shot. Hopefully, the next book will take me by surprise and get my pulse raising.