Sunday, 1 September 2013

Book Review: COLD SACRIFICE BY LEIGH RUSSELL

COLD SACRIFICE
BY
LEIGH RUSSELL


About the Book:

When Henry's wife is stabbed to death, he pays a prostitute to give him an alibi. Her body is discovered, strangled, and the police realise they are dealing with a serial killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. While they are hunting for evidence, another prostitute is brutally murdered. On the track of a vicious killer, Detective Ian Peterson doesn't realise he is risking the life of his young colleague, Polly.

"An anonymous victim, no signs of the killer, no witnesses and no murder weapon"

This is the first of a new series to feature Detective Ian Peterson as the main protagonist after appearing in a supporting role in the first three Geraldine Steel novels.

I liked him instantly, he is in his mid-30's, intelligent, caring and passionate about his work as he awaits news of the promotion he has recently applied for.  Newly married to his childhood sweetheart, he wonders if he's done the right thing due to his wife Bev's moods. This is a theme throughout the book, his wife dislikes his job, the irregular hours and is always complaining about being on her own so much, he feels he is walking on eggshells and tries to avoid confrontations with her as much as he can.

Some of the sad characters include Henry who couldn't care less about his wife's murder, their son Mark who's a loner and, according to everyone, was close to his mother and young teenager Ben whose home life consists of being bullied and beaten by his stepdad and bullied by everyone else until one day he finds a knife which instantly gives him a certain respect.

The writing is sharp and crisp with short and neat chapters.

I would probably read another in this series due to the likeability of the main character.

I received this book from Nudge Real Readers in exchange for an unbiased review.

The website for Leigh Russell is here
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