Dog Rose Dirt by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @HarperCollinsUK #NewRelease #DogRoseDirt #BookReview #NetGalley

Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night by [Jen Williams]


What if your mother had been writing to a serial killer?

A convicted murderer with a story to tell
Serial killer Michael Reave – known as The Red Wolf – has been locked in Belmarsh Prison for over 20 years for the brutal and ritualistic murders of countless women.
A grieving daughter with a secret to unearth
Ex-journalist Heather Evans returns to her childhood home after her mother’s inexplicable suicide and discovers something chilling – hundreds of letters between her mother and Reave, dating back decades.
A hunt for a killer ready to strike again

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When the body of a woman is found decorated with flowers, just like his victims, Reave is the only person alive who could help. After years of silence, he will speak to Heather, and only Heather.

If she wants to unearth the truth and stop further bloodshed, she’ll have to confront a monster.


Dog Rose Dirt


Heather Evans has returned to the place she was raised to deal with the estate of her mother. Heather’s mother had committed suicide with no clue as to why. While sorting out the family home, Heather finds hidden letters to her mother from a notorious serial killer who is still serving time in prison.

Serial killer Michael Reave, known as The Red Wolf, has spent years of his life in prison after being convicted of the murder of numerous women, who were killed most horrendously and left displayed. Heather is distraught and confused why her mother and this man would be in touch at all.

When a copycat killer begins where Reave left off, Heather is determined to find out how Reave knew her mother and expose the copycat killer at the same time. Heather contacts the police and agrees to work with DI Ben Parker. Reave hasn’t been one for opening up about any of his crimes but agrees to see Heather, closely watched by Parker.

What a story this is, as Reave isn’t going to give her everything at once. There is a little pro quo going on. Heather is an ex-journalist but still has her connections, which don’t always work in her favour. I loved how the characters developed, especially Reave, who caught me out, such a gentleman to take you in.

The story drops back into the past where I felt like a rabbit in headlights mesmerised by a charismatic and luring man. He had such a gentle voice of reasoning in my head, and I was petrified. It is such a chilling and captivating story, both past and present. Do we ever really know anyone?

The in-depth descriptions are perfection, awakening every sense in a horrific way that brings clear images off the pages to see from every angle. But it was the calm that was the most frightening. A stunning read not for the faint-hearted by any means, as it doesn’t let you go.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Jennifer Williams

Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their small ridiculous cat. Having been a fan of grisly fairy tales from a young age, these days Jen writes dark unsettling thrillers with strong female leads, as well as character-driven fantasy novels with plenty of adventure and magic. She has twice won the British Fantasy Award for her Winnowing Flame trilogy, and when she’s not writing books she works as a bookseller and a freelance copywriter.

Twitter: @sennydreadful

Dog Rose Dirt: a gripping new debut serial killer crime thriller that will keep you up all night by [Jen Williams]

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