From the author of Cage of Bones, a dark and unflinching thriller of a waking nightmare that never ends. Suzanne Perry is having a vivid nightmare. Someone is in her bedroom, touching her, and she can’t move a muscle. She wakes, relieved to put the nightmare behind her, but when she opens the curtains, she sees a Polaroid stuck to the window. A photo of her, sleeping, taken during the night. And underneath, the words: “I’m watching over you.” Her nightmare isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning. Detective Inspector Phil Brennan of the Major Incident Squad has a killer to hunt. A killer who stalks young women, insinuates himself into their lives, and ultimately tortures and murders them in the most shocking way possible. But the more Phil investigates, the more he delves into the twisted psychology of his quarry, Phil realizes that it isn’t just a serial killer he’s hunting but something—or someone—infinitely more calculating and horrific. And much closer to home than he realized . . .
Tania Carver’s intense police procedurals deliver shocking plot twists with relentless intensity—a must-read for fans of Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder, and Jeffery Deaver.
In British author Carver's taut follow-up to her 2011 debut, The Surrogate, Colchester Det. Insp. Phil Brennan and his hodgepodge Major Incident Squad pursue a serial killer, the eponymous creeper, who likes to torture and mutilate his female victims. Could 26-year-old Suzanne Perry, to whom he's sent a chilling warning, be next? Carver exposes the all-too-human foibles and internal police politics that can impede investigations even as the lives of future victims hang by a slender thread. Brennan's personal life is in shreds after police profiler Marina Esposito, the mother of his child, inexplicably leaves him. And thanks to austerity, he's forced to work with Fiona Welch, a cheap profiler knockoff. Worse, the MIS team is saddled with his superior's paramour. But when the investigation inevitably implodes, Brennan has to man up and pull the pieces personal and professional back together. Carver's just-one-more-chapter pacing, subtle clues, and cunning plot twists once again do the trick.