Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.
There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.
DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.
Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …
Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?
Time is running out.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
It is said that there are certain triggers in our lives that push the stress levels way above normal but dealing with more than one of them at a time just of course elevates it even more. Losing your job, moving house, the death or loss of a child and divorce are prime examples and well easy-going Kevin Palmer was a prime example of what happens when he ticked all the boxes! And at this point, this little piggy went, eek, eek, eek, all the way under the bed covers!
There was no holding author Rob Ashman back as he went straight into a shocking opening chapter. Now I have said this before, I hate masks but believe me Palmer is just as scary with or without his mask. He was clinical and that made my blood judder through my veins. This man was on a mission and as a reader I couldn’t connect with him, he wasn’t a psychopath, there was something else, like an emptiness where something had once been.
The Killings are shared with every gruesome detail explained, a process that had obviously been done before but with mental notes to make adjustments next time to improve different methods. There was going to be more, that was for sure and as Rob Ashman had taken me inside the mind of this cold and calculated killer, I would find out how the past had made a monster.
This is the second book in the D.I. Rosalind Kray series and although it can be read as a stand alone she is a rather complicated lady which only surface brushes on her past in this book. Now the killer is one hell of a complicated character but Kray is one very unstable detective, cracking at her job without a doubt, but a bit like a bottle of pop that you have shaken for 5 minutes and put back. It looks ok but boy is it going to go when the bottle top is undone!
Another superb story from this author but be prepared for different images in your mind the next time you sing, “This little piggy went to market”.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.
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