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‘Dying Day’ by Stephen Edger

 

Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…

When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.

Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers and her team are worried this coincidence might push her over the edge…

When another girl’s body is uncovered days later with similar bruising around the neck, Kate launches an investigation of her own, determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken…

Mysterious sympathy cards sent to the victims’ families finally lead Kate to the twisted individual from her past. But if she’s found the killer, why does the body count keep rising?

 

This is the second book in the series featuring Detective Kate Matthews.  The first book in the series ‘Dead To Me’ was published in August of this year (2017).  I read, reviewed and loved the first book and I just knew that I would love this book.  I was not to be disappointed but more about that in a bit.

Detective Kate Matthews is a feisty and strong female detective, who has been badly mentally scarred by an incident, which lead to a young female detective’s murder.  Nobody else could punish Kate as much as she is punishing herself.  She carries the memory of what happened round with her everywhere she goes.  The family of the female detective all blame her too.  Kate Matthews is determined to solve the case and put Amy’s murderer behind bars.  This is not an easy task to undertake though because she is not allowed anywhere near the case.  At the same time, Kate is involved in another case, which leads to more questions.  She is involved in a high speed pursuit and contrary to orders from above, she takes action, which leaves her with a badly injured ankle.  At first she is ordered to take some leave and take time to recover but that just isn’t going to happen.  So you could say that Detective Matthews is stubborn, headstrong and if she thinks that her superiors are wrong, she has a tendency to say so and/ or to go against their wishes and orders.  She has a strong gut instinct, which is not often wrong.  If something doesn’t seem or smell right to her then that means that it isn’t.  Kate is dedicated to her work and lives, breathes and sleeps police work.  She doesn’t have that busy a social life and she has few friends outside of work.  Detective Matthews has the respect of most of her colleagues and she is not afraid to muck in to share the workload.

In my opinion, ‘Dying Day’ is just as well written as ‘Dead To Me’ and it is just as addictive.  The story hits the ground running and the fast pace is maintained throughout the book.  I was hooked on ‘Dying Day’ from the first word on the first page and the book had me in its grip until the last word on the last page.  I just had to read on and on to see what would happen next.  I didn’t notice how quickly the pages were turning and before I knew what had happened, I was almost a third of the way through the book.  I was reading that quickly that it was almost as if the pages were turning themselves.  For me reading this book led to just as much of an adrenaline rush as I would get riding on a rollercoaster.  There were certainly lots of twists, turns, stomach churning moments and moments where I closed my eyes because I either feared or didn’t want to see what happened next.  This book certainly kept my interest and certainly kept me guessing.

In short, I really did enjoy reading ‘Dying Day’ and I can’t wait to read what comes next from this hugely popular author.  I would definitely recommend this book and series to others.  I award this book 5* out of 5*.

 

 

 

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