Ella, a thirty-five year old nurse, believes she has a good life: no money worries, a job she enjoys, a gorgeous apartment and an undemanding boyfriend…until one fateful evening when everything changes.
A young woman is found raped and strangled near Ella’s home. The latest victim in a serial killer’s rampage across Surrey.
Ella’s boyfriend Michael, a police constable on the team conducting the investigations of the crime, pleads with Ella to be vigilant at all times…the killer is bound to strike again.
When a handsome, enigmatic stranger rents the empty apartment above Ella, the brutal death toll rises…but against her better judgement, Ella doesn’t listen to her boyfriend’s warnings about strangers until it is far too late…
She is convinced that there must be a connection between the murdered women, and for some reason it is all linked to the Green Room…
'The Green Room' is the third book in the 'Dark Minds' series by Faith Mortimer. It is a totally stand-alone thriller and so the books may be read in any order.
The elusive 'Surrey Punisher' has just claimed his fifth victim. Another beautiful, dark-haired actress is brutally raped and murdered.
Ella, a nurse, is shocked by this dreadful news. The murder took place just a short distance away from her home. Michael, her ex boyfriend and a police constable warns her not to go out venturing in the dark alone. The police has no clues but is certain that the Punisher is bound to strike again soon.
When more actresses are found murdered in the vicinity, Ella is unable to trust anyone. She's suspicious of the men she knows and begins her own mini-enquiry. Who is in reality the attractive, polite but mysterious and rather odd behaving new neighbour, Tim?
The author skilfully unfurls the mystery little by little, adding little snippets here and there from the killer's point of view. On several occasions I thought I've guessed who the killer was but each time the author found ways of making me rethink my conclusion.
The blood-curdling ending is that of horror books and made me hold my breath and is surely not for the faint-hearted. I liked the way in which the author puts all the puzzle pieces in their place at the end. Who is the Surrey Punisher?
I just wished there was more depth to the characters. I felt they were left a bit flat. However, having said that, with a number of possible suspects, chapters ending in cliffhangers and twists and turns throughout, this is a chilling and tense psychological thriller that kept my interest high till the end.
With thanks to the author for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
Amazon Top #14 author rank for mystery, #27 mystery, thriller & suspense, #55 literature & fiction #5 bestselling author on Nook Books. Faith's books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times.
Faith is a British author dividing her time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 she turned her hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, she dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, & spent many hours writing short stories which she read to her sisters. Born in Manchester & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.