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LAST GASP; A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller: The DCI Jamie Carver Series Book#1 Kindle Edition
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Very well written selfpublished (?) book, available cheap as an ebook.
Some errors, but minor ones, I would guess a dozen, one sentence with "he he (in context of he is doing this or that, so two he's are certainly wrong here)", once a capital character within a sentence, so imho little things, which did not stop me from enjoying the book and did not hinder the reading flow much. Not reading this on a Kindle, I was not able to mark this errors and send them to the publisher (with a Kindle this is built in and fairly easy).
There are 3 interchanging storylines: a current serial killer, an old serial killer case where the Killer was caught and died in prison and a family-affair-project. The book takes place mostly in the UK and a short trip elsewhere. Both locations are well done, with some local dialect and I had the feeling of being there.
The descriptions of police procedure and even the stress all sound true to me, exceptionally well written, as far as I can tell.
While the MC is male, his partner is female and some scenes are from her POV. Both and the Killer and some other characters are well fleshed out.
This being a rather cheap book, with only a few reviews so far, I recommend it highly, I got it for free (informed by the daily email from Fussy Librarian), and I just looked, it is still free (at some places, maybe not all). Feel bad not having paid for it, it is worth buying.
I will certainly buy and read the next book in the series and look for other books from this author.
Trigger Warning: this goes into the BSDM-scene, so some graphic scenes should not surprise, the killings are gruesome, but the details are on a normal level for a book about a serial killer, imho, could easily have been even more gruesome, or may be I am just used to it. No sex, which is rather surprising but a little romance.
Minuses: Some of the chapters are in present tense, while others are written in past tense, and that annoyed me. I can’t pinpoint why, except that the shifts took me out of the story. It was almost annoying enough to make me ditch the book, but I was curious to see what happened, so I kept reading. Also, the editing could have been better – I saw misplaced apostrophes, weird use of commas, and random capitalization. I think the book could have benefitted from a competent copy editor.
Pluses: Carver is a flawed, tortured soul who simply wants to do the best job possible. He’s a rule follower, but sometimes solving a case depends on bending those rules, and he doesn’t shy away from that. He might agonize over violating procedure, but his drive is to protect people and catch criminals, so he does what he deems best and stands tall to take his lumps. Carver’s father is a famous retired DCI, and his shadow looms large over Carver. They have a complicated, real relationship. The storylines (old serial killer case, new serial killer case, and family in trouble) were all interesting, and held my attention throughout the book. The portions dealing with BDSM weren’t salacious at all, but were well-written, and germane to the plot. Carver’s team and co-workers were well-drawn, and had distinct personalities, rather than just being a backdrop for the “great detective.” And the ending – filled with tension, action, things happening all over the place, and I didn’t expect the outcome at all.
The action and office politics seemed very real to me, not like some books where I am left wondering how many hours of citizen police academy the author sat through before deciding to try and squeeze out a book. The author is a former British senior police detective, so knows what he’s talking about.
In this book, the media have dubbed the dominatrix killer “The Worshipper,” and the series is referred to as the “Worshipper Tribology,” causing me to think this is going to only be three books long. But I’ve also seen it referred to as the Carver series, implying maybe it will be longer than three books. I have a personal bias for series, because if I’m going to make an emotional investment in a character, I want that character to be around for a while. I’m hoping there will be more than three books to read because I made an emotional connection with these characters and I’d like to spend more time with them. I liked this book enough that I immediately purchased book 2 in the series when I finished this. If you are fond of dark, gritty, disturbing (but ultimately satisfying) British police procedurals, I would give this one a go.
I really like Jamie a strong man that has faults but he is willing to do the right thing. He will do whatever it takes to keep the people closet to him safe even if that means losing his own life. A great read kept me turning those pages to see what was coming next.
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Author wrote things like “the female” or “drummed his nails”. Everything felt as if I was reading in monotone.