They Kill Without Mercy. Disappear Without Trace.
They are The Two.
And now the stakes are raised once more for Detective January David.
5 lie dead, brutally murdered - the first taken on the night of Halloween and as autumn bleeds into winter more ritualistic murders are discovered.
January must battle his demons, for in his mind lies the clue to stopping a ruthless murderer.
But his worst nightmares have literally come true when he discovers there's not one but two twisted killers on the loose ...
I remember enjoying Will's debut book Girl 4 immensly, and was greatly anticipating The Two. Will's voice has really developed and true to the Carver style, the story is a roller-coaster! There are highs and lows of every emotion, if you read this book and remain apathetic, then you need help! It invokes so many emotions which make for all the more compelling reading.
January, Paulson and Murphy all make their return on another high profile serial killer case, the victims being killed in some ritualistic method in public areas and in plain sight. You are taken all over London with intimate detail and an obvious razor sharp observation of people's behaviour and social interaction, effortlessly creating a deep and rich story that's as thrilling as it is entertaining.
The book, it's characters and their story is intoxicating, I found myself visiting this world that Carver has created in my subconscious wondering what's going to happen next? Why hasn't January and Paulson picked up on that clue? Who are these freaky children that visit January's nightmares/dreams? What are they trying to tell him? When is Murphy going to get what's coming to him!?
The book is laid out in a way which frequently leaves you thinking "What's going on!?", but at several points during the book you are gifted with nuggets of information which tie up the loose ends and create many eureka moments, moments of clarity! It does come together beautifully at the end and it's a very rewarding read.
I implore you to experience The Two and Girl 4, it's a marvel whether you like it or not. You will be an early reader of a future superstar author and character, like reading Angels and Demons and discovering Robert Langdon back in 2000.
I was so looking forward to this after reading Girl 4. I actually bought 4 copies of Girl 4 for family.
However this book is too repetitive and the ending has been done in nearly every horror you've seen before. I won't say what it is - judge for yourself.
It's a shame too as I did feel for the victims but not as passionately as I did in the previous book. I believe this was because of the repetitive style of writing.
Overall not a bad book but nowhere as good as girl 4.