Today Mandie is sharing her thoughts on Hysteria, the latest book in the Dr Alexander Gregory series from LJ Ross. If you’d like to read my thoughts you can find them right here. Here’s what the book is about:
About the Book
In a beautiful world, murder is always ugly…Available from: Amazon
Recently returned from his last case in Ireland, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the French police that he can’t ignore. It’s Paris fashion week and some of the world’s most beautiful women are turning up dead, their faces slashed in a series of frenzied attacks while the world’s press looks on.
Amidst the carnage, one victim has survived but she’s too traumatised to talk. Without her help, the police are powerless to stop the killer before he strikes again – can Gregory unlock the secrets of her mind, before it’s too late?
Murder and mystery are peppered with dark humour in this fast-paced thriller set amidst the spectacular Parisian landscape.
I am a big fan of the books by LJ Ross so am absolutely loving this new series featuring Dr Alex Gregory. With his occupation as a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler it means that his scope for interaction with new people and places is wide open. Hysteria sees him in Paris during fashion week. Whilst the first victim is not killed, she is very traumatised, and it is up to Alex to see if he can unlock her memories of the attack. When there is another victim who this time is not so lucky, the pressure is on for Alex to get to the memories locked away.
What I love about this series is that although there is a police element to it, for once it is not the main focus. We get to see the victims and the perpetrators in a different light and delve into what makes them tick. This for me is a big plus as it’s not really a side we get to see in most crime novels. Understanding what makes the killer do what they do in more detail is refreshing. In this instalment you also get to see a little bit more of what drives Alex to do what he does. He is still suffering from his demons that we saw in Impostor but there is also some glimmer of hope for him as he gets close to someone that he originally meets by chance but is also found to be caught up in the case. As they form some sort of understanding you can’t help but hope that this will develop into something but realistically you know it is unlikely, as much to do with location as the case itself.
I really was not expecting the ending. I thought I knew what had happened and why as that is where the story was leading you to but nope, I was completely wrong. The truth of what happened and why was both simple and complex at the same time. What I will say is that now I can’t wait for Bedlam when it comes out and I have two great series to follow by this author
About the Author
further fourteen novels, all of which have been top three global bestsellers and twelve of which have been UK #1 bestsellers.
In addition to her DCI Ryan series, Louise has created a new series of thriller novels based around the central character of ‘Dr Alexander Gregory’, whose work as a psychological profiler takes him around the world.
She is also writing several standalone romantic suspense novels featuring strong female protagonists which will be available in 2020.
Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law at King’s College London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.
Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.