This is one of the most original psychological thrillers I have ever read wrapped up in a very believable Police procedural story.
DI Katie Rhodes has an unusual partner, in all ways, in Criminal Psychologist Nathan Radley.
Katie and Nathan have been hiding away, in an isolated cottage, since the end of the last case they worked on together.
They have no intension of coming back to the real world, until a blogger starts to put posts on line that implicate Nathan in a murder.
Nathan had a troubled childhood, and one of his coping methods was to write a journal. Years later the journal surfaced with a few pages missing. The pages with his darkest thoughts about murders he might commit.
It’s these pages that the blogger has found and is publishing. But where did they get them from.
And how is it that the techniques Nathan wrote about all those years ago are being used on victims today
This is enough to bring Katie and Nathan out of their self-inflicted isolation.
The investigation sees the relationship between the two stretched, even Katie is having trouble understanding how the murder can so closely resemble Nathans writings, although she knows he was with her when the murder was committed.
This is a story of doubt. Nathan doubts himself, as do just about everybody else.
Katie begins to doubt herself and wonder if she has been manipulated.
Nick Hollin has created two of the most compellingly unique characters in current fiction. In Nathan Radley he has introduced a mind that is more crazed-axe-man than cop.
In Katie Rhodes he has taken a normal enthusiastic cop and put her through a set of circumstances that has led her to be an introvert, who manages to doubt what she has achieved in the past, and wonder about the future, well at least at the start of the book.
If you like your books to make you think whilst you’re reading them. If you like a story that’s challenging, and if you like a plot that has you hooked from the first page to the last. Then this book is for you.
The Goodnight Song is the second in the series and can be read as a stand-alone, but I would suggest reading Dark Lies. A link for my review of which is below.