SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD
Sergeant Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver are on the hunt for a serial killer who poses his victims fully-dressed and carefully arranged, every inch of their bodies covered in intricate, cryptic tattoos. The ‘Thorn Killer’, uses a primitive and excruciatingly painful thorn method to etch his victims. After many months, a breakthrough feels imminent. Then the killer gets personal: the latest victim – a student found only a week earlier – is staged to look like Carver’s wife.
Pushed over the edge, Carver spirals into a self-destructive cycle of booze and risky sex. Now he lies near death, and the unreadable Lake stands over him with a gun. Did she shoot her boss? If not, why is she removing evidence from his apartment, faking the scene?
‘Compelling, clever. Packed with macabre and fascinating forensic details. A stunning debut.’ Mo Hayder , bestselling author
‘A taut and compelling thriller, as sharp as the thorns that feature in the plot.’ Ann Cleeves
‘DS Ruth Lake is a superb creation. An introvert in a world of big extrovert egos, she uses stillness and quietness to great effect in holding the waves of testosterone on all sides at bay.’ Anna Caig, Sheffield Telegraph
‘A proper page turner of a read and very well written, giving a fresh feel to proceedings even whilst following the best tropes of the crime thriller.’ Liz Loves Books
‘A fine, captivating novel.’ Chris High Reviews