Saturday, 1 July 2017

Revenge Of The Malakim (The Grooming Parlour Trilogy Book 1) - Paul Harrison

It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems.

What did I think?

Do not judge this book by the cover!  It may not have the most polished artwork on the cover but it's what's inside that matters and this is one cracking crime novel that makes your skin crawl.  I can't even write my review without my skin standing rigid on high alert.

Crikey, what a hidden surprise this book turned out to be!  I thought I was in for a run of the mill British police murder investigation but oh, how wrong I was!  Think Jimmy Savile multiplied by ten and you get some idea of the scum hiding in East Yorkshire.  They think they are hiding, but somebody knows who they are and what they are up to.  As a killer rids the county of such vile characters, they want the police to link the crimes by leaving a little calling card - a silver metal angel, known as a malakim.

Will and Daisy are called in to investigate and I loved the dynamic between the two of them, so I'm rather pleased that this book is the first in a trilogy, meaning we get to read more about them.  I do feel as if we've only scratched the surface of their characters, so I can't wait to read more!

There's a vigilante on the loose in East Yorkshire, so those people in glass houses better batten down the hatches and hope they're not next!  I think that's what hit home for me whilst reading Revenge of the Malakim, people think they are above the law and won't get caught. People in authority often exploit their position without a second thought for their victims, so I found myself in rather an unusual position of rooting for the killer rather than the victim.  

A rather surprising page-turner, Revenge of the Malakim is a riveting British crime novel and deserves every single one of the 5 stars I have awarded.  More please!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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