Obsession, lust and revenge... Part murder mystery, part psychological chiller, this unique, dark, serial killer thriller is a real page turner.
'A tale of twisted minds, psychopathic planning and dark moods... A really enjoyable read.'
'I always felt like I was reading with my hands over my eyes, sort of peeking through my fingers, cringing at what I knew what was coming next...'
'If you like your books gritty, dark with complex characters and a plot that takes you with it to the grand finale then you will enjoy this...'
'Hooked me right from the start, a build up in tension as the book rolls along and some twists that will put a big smile on your face...'
'Not for the lily livered...'
All quotes are from independent reviews.
A tense, disturbing British Crime Thriller full of suspense, intriguing twists and a double figure bodycount... The first of a trilogy featuring the main characters.
Criminal profiler Doc Powers tries to unravel the truth about a psychopathic potential parolee in time to prevent him wreaking bloody revenge on those he blames for his incarceration - including Doc himself...
From the back cover of the paperback edition:
Peter Leech is a cunning, devious killer, brutalized by half a lifetime in prison for the vicious murder of his parents. Now he’s up for parole and, one way or another, he wants out.
He's driven by obsessive lust for Judy Finch, a beautiful parole officer who spurned his advances, and his thirst for revenge on those he blames for his conviction.
His nemesis, Doc Powers, the forensic psychiatrist who assessed his mental health for trial, is now on the panel reviewing Leech’s parole application. But Doc fears for his own sanity. His feelings of guilt over his wife’s death and his terrible experiences as a criminal profiler threaten to overwhelm him. Hallucinations haunt Doc as he struggles to convince his colleagues that Leech is a dangerous unreformed psychopath.
A blossoming relationship with Judy helps Doc heal – emotionally and professionally – but he soon discovers he’s ill-prepared for Leech’s re-entry into his life...
Full length novel c123,000 words)
First in the Remorseless trilogy featuring Doc Powers, Forensic Psychologist, and introducing Detective Inspector Carver, his 'partner in crime'. Their second investigation - Mutilated - launched in late 2016, with the third and final installment of their adventures together expected during the first half of 2017.
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If these authors appeal then you may well enjoy this dark, disturbing psychological thriller too.
Remorseless has been described as 'brutal, 'intense' and 'frightening' by some readers and is certainly 'not for the faint-hearted'. This is no cozy mystery or standard police procedural...
'Patching goes where other authors fear to tread…' - Top Independent Reviewer
Both law enforcement professionals and 'pscyh' professionals have complimented the author on the authenticity of the psychopathic characters in this novel. This is not a sanitised Hollywood version but as close as you can get - or would want to get - to being inside the mind of a genuine psychopathic killer...
'Seriously scary' - Brian's Book Blog
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A deep, dark look inside the minds of killers and psychologists alike
Remorseless is a deep and dark look into the mind of a convicted killer. This specific killer was convicted of killing his parents in a brutal murder when he was just a teenager. He maintains his innocence and claims this his brother did it and framed him. He’s served 18 years of his life sentence but is up for parole. The book follows his parole hearing from his side and the side of the parole board. Especially Doc Powers, a clinical psychologist who’s wife has just died in a tragic car accident that he believes is his fault.
Remorseless was a kick in the stomach when you’re already down. It’s deep and dark and will make you question the legal system. With all of the media frenzy around the new Netflix show about a wrongly convicted murderer, this book will have you wonder what has to go wrong for someone to get locked up.
The look inside the minds of all the characters involved was absolutely fascinating. While I don’t normally read books like this, I may have to start. I’ve always been fascinated (like the author) with the inner workings of the brain, especially those of “cold blooded” killers and so-called “psychopaths.” Patching does a WONDERFUL job with the psychology and inner workings of every character involved.
Literally every aspect of this book felt important. Usually with a book this long, there always feels like some pieces were there to add something but you can’t figure out what. With Remorseless, every word, page, and chapter needed to be there. Patching is a force to be reckoned with in the British Crime Thriller genre.
Without giving too much away, the second half of the book is brutal and harsh and absolutely a blast to read/listen to. Patching knows pacing well, and paces the action scenes so that they feel realistic and will have you thinking about them long after you’ve closed the page or turned off your audiobook. I found myself thinking about the thing within this book late into the night (thanks for that!) This book was both a page turner and a thought provoker. Usually page turners are full entertainment without much thought. And vice-versa, thought provokers are usually dry and without gusto. This book definitely has both.
Overall, I loved this book. The psychology felt super real, the struggles each character was going through were incredibly accurate and made you as a reader feel for them. Remorseless is definitely a book you should pick up and read. Just be warned, this will have you up late (either reading it, or thinking about it).
You get what you pay for.
It was cheap.