My oh, my do I have a treat for you today. If you follow the blog regularly you will know I am a HUGE fan of Helen Fields and the Perfect book series. In fact, Perfect Remains #1 was our top pick of 2017. Today I am excited to share my review of book three, Perfect Death. We received an ARC copy for review from Avon Books.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Avon (25 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008181616
- ISBN-13: 978-0008181611
There’s no easy way to die…
Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late.
But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…
So back in early last year, I went to a Blackwell’s Bookstore event. I had just started my blog I wanted to review some local bookish events. So when it said two crime authors were featuring I was delighted. They were Helen Fields and Paul Finch, two authors I had never read before.
The event was eye opening and I’ve said it many times in previous posts that hearing Helen Fields discuss how book one in the series Perfect Remains came to fruition, reignited my love of crime fiction. I had swayed away to more chick lit and women’s fiction. So when I started to read Perfect Remains on my way home, sat on a cold bus, I was transported into this police world with a sexy French cop. It was so gory and fast-paced I was addicted. So if there were a Helen Fields fan club I would have the Platinum package as I adore her writing.
Getting onto book three Perfect Death, as the heavy envelope flopped through my letterbox I knew by the label that this was it. Thank goodness I hadn’t had to wait long as Perfect Prey (book 2) had only been out in the summer.
So I started it yesterday and finished it today. I will go for the superficial and talk about the cover. So the cover I have used in my featured image and Bookstgram shot is an ARC copy, about A5 size so it’s a slightly enlarged version.
Here is how your copy will look:
So I am happy that each book in the series is called Perfect something and this cover is superb. It really reflects the storyline. I will have to get a copy to match my others on my bookcase.
So in book three, we are thrown back into the lives of Ava and Luc. What I like is the consistency between all three books. They all have the same level pace and the characters don’t suddenly change personalities. They are the roots that you cling to whilst reading as the whirling madness engulfs you page after page.
This book has much less gore than the previous two, was I disappointed? No, I was just surprised it enabled me to focus much more on the storyline which is very intense from page 1. I felt like this book was emotionally driven. It didn’t need the shock value of the gore it wasn’t about all that, it really was about the team and them growing together. We got to invest more in the characters. I see them like a movie in my head and I feel like I really know them more after reading Perfect Death.
As well as my love of the writing, I really enjoy that Edinburgh and its surrounding areas are heavily featured in the books. So much so that when I am walking around Edinburgh and I see a place mentioned in the book, it flings the characters to the four front of my mind and makes the stories come to life. I know how it feels to walk over a certain bridge or go down a little side street. I love having those moments.
I loved this book, it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was SO much more! The books can be read as standalone but I thoroughly encourage you to buy the set of three for your kindle and meet Luc and Ava from the start.
A cracker of top-notch crime fiction. Helen Fields stories have the ability to chase me under the covers with all the lights on. Deeply disturbing crime fiction that you just can’t help but want MORE. Bravo! Roll on book four……
I love this series and I was thrilled to receive this collectors mug from Helen and the team Avon Books. Thanks so so much it really made my day.
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