Predator: an absolutely gripping psychological thriller Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 2, 2020
- File size : 1157 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 231 pages
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books - crime, thriller and mystery (November 2, 2020)
- ASIN : B08LYT1XH5
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,701 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Predator is a dark and disturbing thriller about a very disturbed woman and her unorthodox way of coping with her trauma. I say mo more to avoid spoilers. Definitely dark and disturbing, but I couldn't put it down once I read the first line.
Camilla Black is the successful editor of a fashion magazine, with a stunning Mayfair flat, a popular social media presence, a collection of hot lovers and a wardrobe to die for. She’s also a serial killer. She justifies her blood lust with the knowledge that she only kills very bad men - rapists and paedophiles, and is confident that she’s too smart to ever get caught, but when she gets carried away on her latest execution, staging it to ressemble her favourite painting, she suddenly finds herself all over the media - has she finally gone too far?
This is told all in first person present, with a lot of flashbacks, so we learn a lot about Camilla upfront - there’s no mystery here - we know from the start what she’s up to. Her past and the events which turned her into a narcissistic psychopath are revealed more gradually. She doesn’t look for sympathy, but she feels righteous in her single-minded pursuit of those men she seems too wicked and dangerous to live. At the same time, part of her yearns for connection, family, love. Her arrogance, vanity and outrageous label-dropping make her impossible to like - but I still found myself cheering her on.
It’s a quick read - I finished it within a day, and well written, but it’s not the sort of book you “enjoy” - but it did get me thinking. Great cover image though. It’s darker than Dexter (which is referenced) but does have some sly humour running through it.
Thanks to Bloodhound Books for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review.
Predator is published on November 2nd.
If I had read Predator a number of years ago, I may have been completely put off by this story, unable to finish it or not even reading it at all, but having watched and read a number of true crime stories and seeing how many get off or a are given a light sentence for some horrific crimes, I can empathise more than I used to with a bit of street justice.
I know this view maybe controversial to some, but I actually found myself rooting for Camilla. While I don’t condone her actions per se, it is past events that motivated her and what was the trigger, that put me fair and square on her side. No child should have to go through that and it made me sick to my stomach.
Camilla is such a fascinating character. Anna Wintour, fashion magazine editor and sophisticated by day and Aileen Wuornos, serial killer monster by night. She has many complexities that are layer upon layer upon layer, but you can’t help but be sympathetic towards her with what she has gone through.
It’s unusual for an author to create a character that has so much depth and in this case, has you conflicted with what they are doing. You know it is wrong, but can understand why she has chosen this path. The kill has become such an obsession, which is a risk to her own self destruction if caught. There were many times where my heart just went out to her.
Predator is a super dark and graphic read and won’t be to everyone’s taste. It deals with some really hard hitting topics which Zoe Caldwell does not sugar coat over in any way and is so brutally honest. There is no holding back at all, which makes this such a powerful and compelling read.
Zoe Caldwell is a new author that I will definitely read more from in the future. As a debut, she has done such an outstanding job and has really delivered with this book and I can’t wait to see what she will come up with next! It was a pleasure to read and review Predator, which I highly recommend.
Top reviews from other countries
Camilla has an extremely successful career in publishing but she has a dark secret. She wreaks revenge on abusers using extreme measures. A very cleverly written book though quite graphic in parts.