An excellently written serial killer thriller with an original plot and acceptably real characters. Highly recommended.

the-beautiful-deadIt would seem obvious that a TV crime reporter would find it difficult to remain grounded and unaffected by her close association with the brutal and ghoulish demands of her audience. Eve Singer needs to ramp up her involvement in order to satisfy a demanding director and save her job in a competitive world where she is threatened by aspiring wannabes as well as the other networks. She needs to be that much closer to the action, until there is blood spatter on her face and she not only realises that maybe she is too close and she and the killer are working together to get the publicity that he craves.

The killer himself is as much a fully explored character as is the woman he needs to bring his passion to life. Bauer goads his psyche to plausible reality; so much so that it could resonate with those who might think that the beautiful state of death is so desirable that it might be a favour to be bestowed on the worthy. Or the unworthy who get in the way…

The ruthless editor, the loyal cameraman, the despicable rival reporter; all are convincing pieces of the jigsaw. I started off by almost disliking Eve Singer for her reportative greed, but her internal battle for integrity eventually endeared me to her.

Gripping, feasible, and well written, this was a thoroughly satisfactory read.


Belinda Bauer

Book Details: ISBN: 9780593075517

Publisher – Bantam Press; Penguin Random House UK.


My thanks to Lorienne Brown, Marketing & Publicity Assistant, Penguin Random House South Africa for this ARC.



About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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