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Friday, April 21, 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Trophy Taker by Sarah Flint

Excited to be today's stop on The Trophy Taker's Blog Tour! Welcome one and ALL!  In case you want to follow along and see what other bloggers are writing about this book, see the tour stops below.

He's watching, waiting... and counting. The next gripping serial killer read in the DC 'Charlie' Stafford series, from the Bestselling author of MUMMY'S FAVOURITE.

He keeps each floating in Formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery. He sits alone admiring his trophies weekly; each and everyone of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay. 

But who or what links the victims?

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her patch. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point. 

Something has to give... and all the while he's watching, waiting... and counting.

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The Author: Sarah Flint

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

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My Review:

Fans of police procedurals will like this dual storyline novel.  With a strong female lead heading the investigation, it's a race to find two male antagonists.  Can she succeed without adding anymore victims to the list, including her and her team?

Book 2 in the DC Charlotte Stafford series brings us a serial killer who takes the ring finger of each victim as a memento. He leaves behind victims with their chests open, hearts taken out and thrown and leaves "symbols of their treachery". He has a list of people who at one point or another have metaphorically ripped out his heart so he's returning the favor. DC Stafford is baffled as each victim is so different from the other. On top of this, she is also tracking a racist man who is addicted to drugs and attacking minorities for little reward to get his next fix.

A typical police procedural, this could also work as a standalone. I never felt lost in the characters or their backgrounds from missing the first book. This book starts out with a bang and the killer is quite demented, something I always like in a storyline. I did feel it began to get a bit repetitive and there were too many characters introduced that I got a tad bit confused with where the finale came from. I certainly didn't figure out who the killer ended up being which is always a nice surprise. While the racial attacks were the secondary storyline, I felt myself preferring that over the main premise and would have liked to have delved more into this. Fans of police procedurals with a strong female lead will definitely take a liking to this novel.

This was also a #CJSReads choice - see our collective thoughts HERE.

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