Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Ripper's Daughter by Anders and Phair

Police Detective, Colby Willis, is a shadow of her former self. Since the murder she feels she should have prevented of her mentor, Marty Walsh, Jack Daniel’s has become her best friend. Plus Colby is suffering from uncontrollable seizures and blackouts, she has whole chunks of time unaccounted for. Time she has no idea of where she’s been or what she’s done.

Colby is currently investigating a series of grim murders, committed by a person the press have named ‘The Ripper’s Daughter’. This unknown subject picks a random victim, mutilates them in unimaginable ways, glues their mouths closed and leaves them to die, right near where an unsuspecting person could easily find the body.

Colby is also eaten up with guilt by her failure to protect the woman she loved, Jessie Walsh, Marty’s daughter. Colby knew she had been incarcerated in a mental asylum and left her there. She had no idea of what Jessie was going through, she abandoned her.

Colby is certain that Jessie knows the killers identity. An arrangement is made for her to meet Jessie and her lawyer for a visit at the asylum. Both Jessie’s lawyer and Colby are horrified by Jessie’s condition and decide to remove her immediately from the institution. It’s Colby’s task to keep Jessie safe and secure until a new place is found for her.

Colby is desperately trying to recall things from the past, things that may help with the case. Also she has to coerce Jessie into divulging the name of the killer. Will Colby remember, or will she be too late to save both herself and Jessie from becoming the killers next victim?

A fast paced, grisly, gruesome, thrilling, chilling and intriguing detective story that is so dark, it’s black. This story is not for the faint hearted, or for anyone who suffers from a nervous disposition. It’s pure terror at it’s finest. Best read when not alone.

The scenic descriptions are graphic and horrifying. The storytelling is at it’s best and leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.

I loved the two main characters, Colby and Jessie. They are two people who have suffered horribly in their lives and their pasts have a bearing on the present time and possibly their future. They interact well together. The rest of the characters fit in well and are essential in moving the story along.

I have to say, although I really enjoyed this book and the story is one of the best in it’s genre I’ve read in a long time, the editing rather let it down. The odd typo or two can easily be forgiven, but this book has more than a few. But having said that, if you can get past the typos, the story is well worth the effort.

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