By: Mark Edwards
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: 6/15/2017
My Rating: 5 Stars
Bestselling author, Mark Edwards returns following (2016)The Devil’s Work with his latest THE LUCKY ONES a twisty psycho-thriller featuring a serial killer who wants his victims to die happy.
Perfectly happy and ready to die. A killer who tries to make his victims’ lives perfect before he kills them.
Set in Shropshire, we meet a detective, an average man who desires a better life, and a killer. Told from different POV with two parts.
Who will be “The Lucky Ones?” Does he "make" them happy? How does the murderer know what needs fixing in their lives?
Detective Imogen Evans knew bodies were not discovered in picturesque places like this. Her first serial killer, the man the tabloids called the Shropshire Viper had struck –a snake, fangs glistening with venom for the third time.
A killer who likes a little cocktail of morphine to keep his victims smiling.
Ben Holland is newly separated (cheating wife), raising an eleven-year-old son, Ollie on his own. Things are not going well and his finances are strained. His mom has terminal cancer. He is down on his luck. However, soon his luck may change.
The killer is one evil guy (of course Edwards is no stranger to unique twists). The Viper wants his victims to die in bliss. He wants them to die happy. He manipulates their lives and circumstances and turns their life around, to end their life on a good note.
There does not seem to be a link between the victims and DI Inspector Imogen Evans is driven to solve this crime before he strikes next. The Secret of Happy Place. Why does their body turn up in their “happy place?”
Intense! If you are a fan of talented "thriller King", Mark Edwards— you have come to expect gripping, entertaining and a well-crafted twisty plot with characters who come alive on the page.
From suspenseful plotting and solid character development, this complex fast-paced page-turner will keep fans reading into the wee hours of the morning— nothing predictable here!
Top-of-the-line thriller writing with remarkable skill. For fans of Stephen King, Linwood Barclay, Paul Cleave, and Jennifer Hillier. For new readers who enjoy a mix of crime, humor, and psychological— suspense, mystery, horror, and thriller.
If you have not read Follow You Home (2015), highly recommend —one of my favorites! Top Books of 2015.
A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer for an early reading copy.
Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Simon Mattacks for an edge-of-your-seat chilling performance.