Perfect Kill by Helen Fields

I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Perfect Kill the latest book in the DI Luc Callanch series from Helen Fields. I may have been late in coming to the series, but I since have devoured every book and when invited by the publisher to be a part of the tour, did not hesitate to say yes. Thanks to Sanjana Cunniah of One More Chapter to inviting me to be a part of the tour. Here’s what the book is about:

Source: Netgalley

About the Book

He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.

Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.

Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.

With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride like no other, with the next gripping thriller from the number one bestselling crime author, Helen Fields. The perfect read for fans of M. J. Arlidge and Karin Slaughter.

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My Thoughts

Oh I do love this series. Have I said that before? I know I have but I only say it because it is true. With brilliant characters and storylines which always keep you on your toes and guessing, it makes for a brilliant read.

This book is slightly different from the others as readers know from very early on the who in this particular chase, but perhaps not the full extent of the whys and wherefores. This is an investigation which is taking place on both sides of the English Channel, with Luc Callanch back in Paris as liaison to Interpol, helping to investigate the abduction and subsequent murder of a young man from Edinburgh which will see the Detective finding unexpected links back to an investigation that his DCI, Ava Turner, has charge of back home.

This book is full of tension and really elevates that feeling of unease within the reader. There are two very distinct and yet linked threads to this story, neither of which is particularly palatable and yet both of which are sadly believable. This is a story of human trafficking by the most depraved of individuals, but with a very unique twist that adds something to the reading experience. As expected from a Luc Callanch novel, there are moments that will make you wince – the story takes several very dark turns and whilst most of the violence is kept off page, the intention and the result is still very clear and provokes a visceral reaction as a reader. The book sees the bad guys exploiting people’s vulnerabilities, in two very different ways, but both of which are designed for maximum return for those who deserve it least.

I love the relationship between Callanach and Ava and anyone who has read the previous book in the series will know that their friendship is balanced very precariously on a knife edge right now. This carries over into this new book, and the tension between them is intriguing to watch, played perfectly by the author. Beyond our two lead characters, we get to see a very different side to Lively in this book, a far more sensitive side, still mixed with his bullish passion though, and I kind of liked it. He is entangled in a very complex and heart-wrenching case which had me enraged as a reader because I know that a good portion of what happens is likely happening everyday somewhere in the world.

This is another brilliant, fast paced, high stakes, completely engrossing read from Helen Fields in a series I absolutely love. I can’t wait to read more from Callanach and Ava and they sure have plenty left to offer. Brilliant stuff.

About the Author

An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. Her next book, the sixth in the series, ‘Perfect Kill’ is due out on 6 February 2020. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and last year released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt’. Her previous audio book ‘Perfect Crime’ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. Translated into 15 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. Her first historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things’ comes out in May 2020. A further standalone thriller published by HarperColllins will come soon. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, where she lives with her husband and three children.

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