The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case. Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection between the two victims.
After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious serial killer is on a rampage...and Lorne has become the killer's fixation. Lorne can't allow her failing marriage or her new boss--a man with whom she shares a sensuous secret--keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.
Cruel Justice by M.A. Comley is the first novel in her highly acclaimed Justice Series. I have read all the novels in this series, all wonderfully written, but in my opinion this certainly remains one of the best.
This novel starts off with a horrific scene of torture and execution-style murder. The victim is a woman and from the dialogue it is obvious that she and the murderer had had some sort of history between them but we are not yet given any further information. The woman is held tied up to a chair in some filthy place. This appears to be some sort of revenge being carried out by the perpetrator for something this woman had done or more properly not done to him in the past.
We are then introduced to the star character of the Justice series, D.I. Lorne Simpkins. She is at home with her husband Tom intending to pass a relaxing evening with him but which unfortunately quickly turns sour as they begin to argue. Tom is a stay-at-home husband, he does all the home chores and takes care of their only daughter Charlie while Lorne spends long days at work. Tom is fed up with this situation, they have been increasingly drifting apart and their marriage has reached its breaking point.
Lorne is called to Chelling Forest where a headless woman's body is discovered, this being the same woman from the torture scene. There she meets her police partner D.S. Pete Childs to begin their investigation. Lorne and Pete are really close and I liked the banter going on between them. Pete is also a close friend of her husband Tom.
As more bodies are found, Lorne and Pete find themselves on a race against time to try and find some connection between the victims which may hopefully lead them to the murderer.
With a bunch of great characters and loads of suspense, Cruel Justice is a highly enjoyable thriller which will take you on a breath taking roller-coaster ride. I highly recommend it !!