Feisty NSW police detective, Harriet Blue is off the grid, pursued by not only a fixated serial killer who was an intimate associate of her own brother, but also her own colleagues. Her only allies are a friend who should be in drug rehab, a fellow detective who is in hospital and her superior who has been sidelined.
As she tries to anticipate the killer’s next victims, selected by their connection to Harriet’s past successes, he is steadily luring her into a showdown of his own choosing.
What should be a great chase and evade story is less so. This is sadly another example, few as they are, of the Patterson story factory firing, although not a total blank, a rather damp squib. Psychopathic killers are fairly flexible thriller baddies and thus useful for reasonably free licence, but Harriet, herself, I found to be less convincing.
Thanks to Penguin Random House, SA for this ARC, for which, as always, an honest review.
A Century imprint from Penguin Random House, UK. ISBN: 978-1-78-089877-3