A deranged serial killer targeting brides-to-be. An ambitious young detective. A case that could destroy everything.
A young woman is brutally attacked on her way home. It looks like she was the victim of a jilted — and twisted — ex-lover.
But then two more women, also engaged to be married, are found dead.
The press call the killer the ‘Surrey Stalker’. And there’s a stack of similar cold case files.
The pressure is on for young, ambitious DI Rob Miller.
But with all the time he’s spending at the office, Rob’s also running a fine line trying to keep his fiancée, Yvette, onside as they try to plan their wedding . . .
If there’s one thing that I like doing it’s discovering new authors and Biba Pearce is certainly a new author for me. I read the synopsis for ‘The Thames Path Killer’ and it certainly sounded like the fast paced, gritty crime story that I particularly enjoy at the moment. Well I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Thames Path Killer’ but more about that in a bit.
I did warm to Detective Inspector Rob Miller. He is an ambitious young detective, who is keen to make a good impression on his superiors. He hasn’t been at the rank of Detective Inspector for very long so he hasn’t much experience of being the Senior Investigating Officer in a major case. The case of ‘The Thames Path Killer’ is Miller’s opportunity to show just what he is capable of and a chance to impress his superiors. Miller certainly puts the hours in at work but this often comes at a cost- usually his personal life which doesn’t go down all too well with his significant other. Will Miller be able to apprehend ‘The Thames Path Killer’ before any more lives are lost? Well for the answer to that question and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
It took me approximately 30 seconds to get into this story. The synopsis was enough to grab my attention and I was drawn into the story from the very first word on the very first page. It was as if the book had developed a hold over me and it was a hold that I wasn’t willing to break. I made the fatal mistake of starting to read the book shortly before I went to bed. Let’s just say that I became so wrapped up in the story that I read into the wee small hours and I had a distinct ‘lack of sleep’ hangover. If I had to put the book down for any reason then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book up again. I just couldn’t put this book down. For me ‘The Thames Path Killer’ the perfect example of an unputdownable, page turner of a read. I found it to be a gripping story, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
‘The Thames Path Killer’ is extremely well written. The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into what proves to be a compelling story. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout. Reading ‘The Thames Path Killer’ was a bit like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. Just when you thought that you could take a minute to catch your breath and gather your thoughts, then off the action would go again. I felt as though I was part of the story myself and another member of Miller’s team, which is thanks to Biba’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of ‘The Thames Path Killer’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Biba’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.