The Executioner – Chris Carter

Synopsis:

Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked body of a priest. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim’s chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood. 

At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims? 

Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims’ minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim. 

Review:

What a story. I read this in two sittings and I was entirely gripped from the beginning.

It had an incredible amount of gore in it and actually made me feel a bit queasy in places with such rich descriptions of crimes and crime scenes.

The imagination and originality in this story really kept it alive for me. The pepper-potting of cliff-hangers s mini twists kept the suspense throughout.

The pace was perfect and unlike many thriller/crime/mysteries it didn’t dip for me at any point.

A big 5/5 – I can’t wait to read more of the Robert Hunter series.

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