DI Tom Fabin returns for the second instalment of this Police Procedural series.
Never Say Goodbye promised a lot from this series, The Songbird doesn’t disappoint, in fact, it raised the bar.
With his nemesis, the mass murder Christopher Wisher, in prison things are looking good for Fabin on the work front.
On a personal level he is separated from his wife and his daughter Tilly has just started University.
Things are running along quite smoothly until his boss sends him to visit Wisher in prison. Wisher hands him his journal and asks him to read it.
When Fabin starts to read the journal, he realises it starts on the day that Wisher was sent to prison.
The cryptic entries in the journal mean nothing at first. Then the murders start, all with the same MO and signature that Wisher employed. These details were never released so who is copying Wisher.
As the murders continue it becomes apparent that they are reflecting the entries in the journal.
The crimes start to add up and Fabin tries to make sense of the journal entries. Whoever is carrying out the crimes is escalating, and the end game is getting closer.
This is a brilliant book. Richard Parker has moved away from the stereotypical cop character. Yes, Fabins family life isn’t great, but there are a lot of broken marriages out there. He has created a cop that cooks as a form of stress relief, he’s not a big drinker, or a womaniser. In fact, he’s pretty normal, not boring, just normal
But that’s where normal ends.
The Songbird follows on from the first in the series, Never Say Goodbye, and I really would recommend you read that one first.
When I reviewed Never Say Goodbye, I said the last hundred words made the hairs on my arm stand up. Well he’s done it again and ended on another cliff hanger that has me impatiently waiting for the next instalment.
Bring it on Richard.
Publishing Date: 19thDecember 2018. JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
A link to my review of Never Say Goodbye