BOOK REVIEW: The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter

Cross your heart and hope to die. Quickly.
In a derelict house in LA , a young woman is found savagely murdered. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the skin has been ripped from her face- while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck is carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.
But that's  not possible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this be the work of a copycat? Or is Homicide Detective Robert Hunter forced to face the unthinkable? Is the real Crucifix Killer still out there, taunting Hunter with his inability to catch him?
Robert Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 423

This book was so, so good! It only took me just over a day to read and now I just want to read all of Chris Carter's other books. I have seen the fabulous Victoria Loves Books talking about this author so I decided to give him a go and I'm so glad I did.
The Crucifix Killer is one of the best thrillers I have read. Chris Carter does not mess about, he takes you right into the thick of it on the very first page. I would say that this book would not be good for any squeamish readers as the author goes into quite graphic detail about the awful acts that the victim's experience.
Detective Robert Hunter was my favourite part of the book. I think we only scratch the surface in the first book but I already want to know more. He has some of the classic detective cliché's; insomnia, drink problems, bad shoes but he is very likeable and interesting. His battle with the Crucifix Killer is intense, he wants nothing more than to stop this monster but at what cost to himself?
The other character's in this book were well crafted and I enjoyed the way Carter depicted the L.A. underworld where the law certainly isn't upheld as they have their own rules and forms of punishment.
I really enjoy thrillers but I have always struggled to to find writers that I particularly enjoy within this genre. Tess Gerritsen is my go-to author for this type of book but I think if I enjoy Chris Carter's other books as much as this one then Gerritsen may be knocked off the top spot.

1 comment:

Nadia A said...

Dot, this sounds so good! I've been on a suspense thriller kick lately, so I'm definitely up for some new to me reads. This will definitely have to be kindled. Cheers!

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