Today it is my pleasure to be joining the blog toru for Written in Blood by Chris Carter, the latest book in the Detective Robert Hunter series. If you are looking for a dark and twisted crime read, then this is definitely the series for you. My thanks to publisher Simon and Schuster for the gifted arc of the book and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the tour Invite. Here’s what the book is about:
About the Book
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His most valuable possession has been stolen.
Now he must retrieve it, at any cost.
Angela Wood wanted to teach the man a lesson. It was a bag, just like all the others.
But when she opens it, the worst nightmare of her life begins.
A journal ends up at Robert Hunter’s desk. It soon becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. And if he can’t stop him in time, more people will die.
If you have read it
You must die
Well … I said it before and I will say it again. If you are looking for dark and twisted, you have come to the right place. I don’t think that I know of any other writer who manages to blend dark and twisted plotlines with great characters who compel you to read onward (even the antagonists) and a deep rooted understanding of psychology, in quite the way that Chris Carter does. What you are dealt with Written in Blood is a story that will make your skin crawl with each new revelation about the oh-so evil killer, but keep you absolutely hooked until the final, dramatic showdown.
The story starts in an innocuous enough way. We follow petty thief, or rather pick pocket, Angela as she goes about her daily business on the streets of LA. Relaxing after a successful day she retreats to a bar where she decides to give a little payback to a rather rude patron. Only this is no ordinary patron and Angela’s reward is really no reward at all. For the bag she steals contains a personal diary, one with content far sicker than anything anyone could imagine. But anonymously leaving the diary for one of LA’s forensic scientists to discover is only the beginning of Angela’s problems. The owner of the diary wants it back – at all costs. And this is where the fun really begins …
Well … I say fun, but it’s no fun for our protagonist, Robert Hunter, or for Angela, both of whom are well and truly in a killer’s sights. And what a killer this is. I don’t want to say too much more about the plot as I think it would ruin the reading experience, but I will say that the diary would intimate that the killer has a severe psychological condition and certainly the information that Hunter and Garcia read in the diary would suggest that they are completely merciless too. The diary describes a series of murders, each more brutal and sickening than the last, the description enough to make your stomach churn but not enough to kick you out of the story. There were more than a few ewww moments along the wayand yet the level of violence is in stark contrast to the level headed and even tone of the diary entries. Almost as though the killer is describing a scientific experiment. It’s quite chilling to read. But strangely addictive too. Possibly says more about me than the book there. Oops.|
The book is full of the trademark Chris Carter moments. High on the eww factor but also on the psychology aspects of the investigation. HUnter is one of those characters with an innate understanding of the people he is facing and watching him slowly piece together the evidence to form a profile of the killer is always fascinating. There are some really tense moments in this book, times where the pace really builds and the sense of threat is both understated and intense at the same time. There is nothing excessive about this killer aside from the methods they use to dispatch their victims, everything is uber controlled and disciplined and it really heightens the senses. And as we build to that conclusion it really seems as though hope is lost. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to end as it did and love that the author stayed away from what could have been an overwhelmingly obvious conclusion.
I’ll admit that this is a series I have dipped in and out of over the years and I have some gaps to fill in my Hunter Histories, but the more I read the more I am reminded as to why I was drawn to the books in the first place. I’m not sure that saying I ‘enjoyed’ this book really sets the right tone as there was little to ‘enjoy’ about the killings – I’m not that twisted. But a kind of morbid fascination kept me glued to the page right to the end. Fans of the series will definitely approve.
About the Author
Chris Carter is a top bestselling author in the United Kingdom, whose books include An Evil Mind, One By One, The Death Sculptor, The Night Stalker, The Executioner, and The Crucifix Killer. He worked as a criminal psychologist for several years before moving to Los Angeles, where he swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas, and an electric guitar. He is now a full-time writer living in London.