Source: Review copy
Publication: 17th April from Delicate Prey Publishing
Priscilla’s body lay motionless on the couch in front of her. They were blood sisters, but Avery never thought it would end like this – thrust against her will into this dark place. When the brutal death of a young American theatre student in London is splashed across headlines worldwide, NYPD Detective Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators on the case. Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted killer who seems to know her every move. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim. In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.
I am always excited by a new series from a debut author, and this one certainly lived up to expectations. It is such a privilege to begin the blog tour for This Dark Place, and even more of a thrill to be in at the beginning of what is sure to become a successful series.
The NYPD Detective is in London at the behest of a wealthy New York businessman, Peter Ames, to work with the Metropolitan Police on the death of his daughter, Priscilla. Priscilla and her best friend Avery Moss were studying at the London School of Art and Drama when Priscilla was found dead, and at first it seems like suicide but and Avery’s fingerprints were all over the murder weapon.
Peter Ames wanted the best working on his daughter’s case and he’s convinced Avery would never have done such a dreadful thing so he has used his considerable influence with NYPD to make sure that Kelly Moore is assigned to the case to work with D.C.I. Jack Dunne, the Senior Investigating Officer. Ames had been impressed by Kelly on a case she had worked that he was involved in beforehand, and he has faith in her abilities.
It is fair to say that Superintendent Janet Frame at the Met isn’t exactly thrilled and she makes it clear that Kelly is there as a courtesy, but she gets a warmer welcome from D.C.I. Dunne and his sidekick, D.I. Samantha Joshi.
Kelly knows that Peter Ames has a huge soft spot for Avery Moss; he’d looked after the girl since she was small and she and Priscilla had been firm friends since childhood, studying together in NYC then coming to London. Kelly has a gut feeling about this case, enhanced by messages she receives, but she knows that her own family issues may be impacting on her judgement, so she is determined to examine the evidence and let the facts tell the story.
This is a case that is not short on suspects and as the detectives delve deeper, they uncover some dark secrets and some pretty unsavoury people at work.
As the investigation gains pace, the detectives are increasingly frustrated by leaks from the investigation and as another dead body turns up, suspicion grows on one of their own, but this is a twisted and sadistic killer who surely can’t be linked to the investigation?
The dead girl’s relationships were by no means straightforward and as Kelly finds out more, the friendship she makes with D.I. Joshi helps her to uncover the truth.
There are twists aplenty in this fast moving and well plotted thriller and the body count rises the deeper into the story we get. Priscilla’s murder may not have been the first in this killer’s sick and deadly game.
Kelly, Jack Dunne and Sam Joshi are great, well written characters who together make up a cracking team and this helps keep the book grounded and engrossing.
All in all, a great start to a fabulous new series and Kittridge is an author I will read again.
About Claire Kittridge
Claire Kittridge grew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.
An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.
You can follow Claire on Twitter: @cpkittridge
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