For quite a few seconds there was almost no sound: the odd groan of twisted metal, steam hissing from numerous vents in mangled bodywork.
The two concussed shapes inside, while still breathing, were barely alive in any conventional sense: torn, bloody and battered, locked in contorted paralysis. They were still aware of their surroundings, but unable to resist as various miniature forms, having ridden out the collision in niches and crevices, now re-emerged to scurry over their warm, tortured flesh. Deggsy’s jaw was fixed rigid; he could voice no complaint – neither as a mumble nor a scream – when the pale shelled scorpion reacquainted itself with him, creeping slowly up his body on its jointed stick legs and finally settling on his face, where, with great deliberation it seemed, it snared his nose and left ear in its pincers, arched its tail again – and embedded its stinger deep into his goggling eyeball.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone’s watching him…
Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.
Soon it appears that other recent deaths might be linked: two thieves that were bitten to death by poisonous spiders, and a driver impaled through the chest with scaffolding.
Accidents do happen but as the body count rises it’s clear that something far more sinister is at play, and it’s coming for Heck too…
MY THOUGHTS: This is #5 in a series but it does equally well as a standalone read. I have never read any of the previous books, but it in no way affected my enjoyment of this one.
There are some very innovative killings in this book. I don’t think I would ever like to wrongfoot Mr Finch!
DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has just caught the brutal killer of several elderly women, and now there are a series of bizarre accidental deaths, including by inflation, slow roasting and exotic poisonous spider, occurring in Surrey. After his boss’s mother asks her to investigate the untimely death of a multi-millionaire following a narrow escape only weeks earlier, she sends Heck off to investigate something that will probably turn out to be nothing. Only, of course, it doesn’t.
There is nothing predictable about this book – an exciting and fast-paced read that left me gasping in many places.
I will be going back to the beginning to read the others in this series.
Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins UK, Avon and author Paul Finch for providing an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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