crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

The Puppet Show – M.W. Craven ★★★★

Blurb; A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

My Review; This was a brilliant read! I was hooked and intrigued before the first chapter. Wow. What a dark, tense and twisted opening. I already can’t wait to see what lies ahead in book two of this series.

The Puppet Show is brilliantly written and a fast paced read! You’re bound to keep turning those pages. I loved Poes character. He’s unique, clever and determined. I loved the unexpected relationship between him and Bradshaw (the office nerd), that was cute! We saw a whole other side to him when they were together, they made a great duo.

It was evident not everyone liked Poe within the team, but it wasn’t about that as they knew he was great at his job and that’s all that matters. The ending of this book had me torn as we saw both sides to this case/crimes. That outcome was without a doubt the biggest jaw dropping moment ever, very unexpected. A clever, crafty case and a great team.

A book that I will be thinking about for a while. Not your average crime case, much darker and cleverer. I awarded a well deserved four stars and would highly recommend this story to you all, you will be in for a treat!

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