Like a spider wrapping flies...
When psychopath Duncan leaves a trail of duct-tape-wrapped bodies scattered across the suburbs of Birmingham, there’s nothing to link the victims except his own name and address, carefully placed on each new corpse. Six very different people follow his clues, each convinced they can use Duncan to further their own selfish or naïve ends. Is there a reason Duncan’s driven to target these particular individuals, or does their very nature contribute to their fate? Will any of them be strong enough to break the cycle and escape a painful death? Or will Duncan reel them in and rearrange them to his own insane ideal?
Raise the Blade is a gruesome short story that harbours one of the sickest, vilest, most twisted serial killers I've ever read about. In this brilliantly written, at times terrifying, book, author Tess Makovesky has given birth to a completely new dimension in the interaction between killer and victim.
In all the murder mysteries I've read, it's always the killer who goes out for the kill. Not so in Raise the Blade. In this book, rather than trying to escape the killer's clutches, the victims are the ones who go and actually seek him, fully knowledgeable that he's a killer. But why? What is it that attracts them to him like moths to a light source?
This book can also be considered an interesting study of human nature, of human psychology. Each of the characters we meet in this book has his/her own reasoning behind their decision to track down the killer instead of doing the right thing and go to the police.
Well, I found myself very much engrossed by this book and ended up devouring it in a very short time. I just wished it was longer with a more expanded plot. Very brilliant, original concept I'm sure serial killer thriller lovers like me will enjoy. Highly recommended.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
Liverpool lass Tess is now settled in the far north of England where she roams the fells with a brolly, dreaming up new stories and startling the occasional sheep.
Tess writes a distinctive brand of British comédie noir and her short stories have darkened the pages of various anthologies and magazines, including Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine, Out of the Gutter Online, Betty Fedora, 'Exiles: An Outsider Anthology' (Blackwitch Press), 'Drag Noir' (Fox Spirit), 'Rogue' (Near to the Knuckle), and 'Locked and Loaded' (One Eye Press). Her debut novella, a psychological noir called 'Raise the Blade' is available now from Caffeine Nights Publishing.
You can follow her ramblings (both literary and literal) at her blog: http://tessmakovesky.wordpress.com/ .