When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.
And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.
But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next…
I read 'Dead Eyed', the first DCI Lambert book by Matt Brolly last year and I really enjoyed it, so as soon as 'Dead Lucky' was available for download, I couldn't wait to get my teeth into it.
This book can be read as a stand alone, however since the Souljacker case, featured in the first book, is referred to numerous times in this book, I would still recommend readers to read 'Dead Eyed' first so that they have a clear picture of what's being referred to.
'Dead Lucky' is as gripping as the first book, though in a completely different context. In most serial killer thrillers, we read of victims found mutilated or with some sort of distinctive signature left by the killer as a calling card. In 'Dead Lucky' the killer's calling card is a horrified living witness.
What's even worse than being murdered, is being restrained and forced to watch a loved one being killed slowly in front of your eyes, with all the ensuing psychological damage of the trauma. That's what the killer known as 'The Watcher' does and that's what DCI Lambert is up against in this book. Who is the Watcher? Why does the killer always leave a witness behind? In order to catch him Lambert must find a vital link between seemingly random cases.
This book is well-written with short chapters that make you want to keep on reading, especially as they almost all end in cliffhangers. I found myself squeezing in a chapter or two at any chance I found. The only downside with this book is that at times the story tends to be a bit slow going and repetitive as in between countless coffees Lambert goes around in circles questioning the same people over and over again as he tries to solve the case.
Having said that, this book is a very engrossing police procedural that held my interest and kept me at the edge of my seat throughout. I really wanted to know who the killer was and when I was in the last quarter I couldn't read it fast enough. The ending is very tense and dramatic. Now I'm looking forward to the next DCI Lambert adventure.
With thanks to Carina UK and Netgalley for approving my request to read this book in exchange of an honest review.
Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He reads widely across all genres, and is currently working on the second in his Michael Lambert thriller series. Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children. You can find out more about Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter: @MatthewBrolly