The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 7


My day 7 #bookvent selection is a book I listened to as an audio book rather than actually read it. It’s one I’d had my eye on for a while and with a nice long drive up to Harrogate on the cards, I decided to tuck on in. I’d heard nothing but rave reviews about the book and was quite excited, but nothing quite prepared me for what I was about to read. Or hear rather. Dark and threatening from the start, this book completely captured my attention. With two extraordinarily diverse but equally loveable characters, my seventh #bookvent choice is …

The Puppet Show

by M.W. Craven

Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

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 …

Oh, I do love a good serial killer thriller, and this is an excellent serial killer thriller. It takes us very much t the dark side, a side of literature I really rather enjoy. Fro, the beginning we are faced with torture most horrid and a method of murder which is far from being sparingly quick for the victims. In fact it’s really quite extreme. Although we are spared the actual act of being present for the kill, the aftermath is spelled out sufficiently to leave little to the imagination. It made for quite a funny car journey as my sister and occasional guest blogger, Mandie, has this knack of tuning in to audio books at all the wrong moments. In this instance it was a somewhat frequent mention of male genitalia in a place where if would not typically be found. At least … not the victims own, anyway. I loved the main characters of disgraced former Detective Washington Poe and his charming but socially unaware colleague Tilly. They made for the most unlikely but wonderfully potent pairing and formed a perfect friendship. Tilly takes things quite literally, Poe, less so, but they find a brilliant rhythm which made listening to the book a sheer joy. Poe wants to protect Tilly, but Tilly equally would do anything to protect Poe. Each is strong in their own right, together they are unstoppable. The writing is dark and evocative, humorous and yet often powerful. The subject matter disturbing but not gratuitous in spite of what it may seem. I loved this book and can’t wait for book two. Roll on next year.

If you would like to read my full review of The Puppet Show you can find it here. The book can be purchased at the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

Happy #bookvent reading all


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