DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case…
Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work.
The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling-card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, twenty-five years ago.
Now the long-buried case is being re-opened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list…
The Souljacker is back... After eighteen years dormant, the vicious serial killer has returned and claimed another victim. As in the previous cases, the victim's eyes have been gouged out and a latin inscription carved on the chest.
DCI Michael Lambert has been off duty for two years recovering from a fatal car crash in which his daughter has lost her life. Hearing about the reappearance of the Souljacker, Lambert immediately springs back into action albeit in an unofficial way. The killer's previous victim had been one of Lambert's friends. Who is the Souljacker? Why did this monster disappear for eighteen years? What was his motivation to start killing again? And why now?
As the bodies pile up, Lambert finds himself in a frantic search for a possible connection between the Souljacker's victims that may lead to the identity of this elusive killer. How does the Souljacker choose his victims?
Lambert comes across as a great character. He's quite likeable and realistic. Though bright and strong, at times he's also weak and on the verge of his breaking point. I also liked DI Sarah May, who's a great character and a resilient, professional team leader, but she's not without her own skeletons in the closet. I liked the way these two characters conducted their own investigation simultaneously but separately.
'Dead Eyed' is a very engaging and absorbing read. Many chapters end in cliffhangers that make you want to keep on reading. The action never slows. However, I'm afraid, I wasn't entirely convinced or satisfied by the final confrontation with the killer and the way the story is wrapped up in the epilogue.
Having said that, this book is a gripping fast-paced page turner full of twists and turns. I have to say that for a debut thriller, this book is brilliant and I really enjoyed it. I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by this promising, talented author.
Many thanks to Matt Brolly for inviting me to read and give an honest review of his book through Netgalley.
About the Author
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