This is the debut novel by English author Ian Jackson, and it’s a cracker of a contemporary psychological thriller.
If you’re a squeamish reader I give you warning now: there are some disturbing scenes that you may want to skim. You won’t lose the plot by doing so.
Set in Manchester UK it tells the story of newly-qualified criminal profiler Jenny Foster as she starts work with the Manchester Metropolitan Police Serious Crime Squad and is dropped in the deep end of a serial killer case on her first day.
Among other things it’s a story of degradation, torture, manipulation and deception.
Told from multiple points of view—the victims, the killer, Jenny—it takes you intimately into their lives and their minds.
The story is well told and doesn’t lose its way at any point. Jackson keeps the anticipation mounting as the police close in on their quarry and Jenny has to contend with problems at home while hoping her observations about the killer are accurate.
And then there’s the ending! I’m not going to spoil it by saying anything about it.
If you like taut psychological thrillers you might want to give this one a go.
DEAD CHARMING is available at Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and all good book stores.
Go to Ian’s website and follow the buy links.
Take this link to my interview with IAN JACKSON