When the body of a young woman, Jenni Grantham, is found abandoned in the playing fields that sit at the centre of a small town, DI Melanie Watton and her team are called to investigate. If the discovery alone wasn’t disturbing enough, it soon becomes apparent that the murder, the method and the appearance of the victim, is something they have seen before.
With the help of Medical Examiner George Waller, DI Watton uncovers the case history of Michael Richards – a local murderer who put this small town on the map when he killed five women before turning himself in.
Further investigations reveal that the most recent victim, Jenni, was recently reported missing by her parents. And when Jenni’s personal effects are introduced into the investigation, shocking discoveries are made about the victim’s fascination with the original killings.
However, when the ME makes a surprise discovery, things appear even more complicated than the team originally believed, and DI Watton realises that Jenni was perhaps not the only local with a fixation on these infamous killings.
With a copycat killer on the loose, the team know it is only a matter of time before another body is discovered. But when a second murder does take place, the team find themselves questioning everything they thought they knew…
Thanks to Heather from Bloodhound Books for the Arc of new serial killer thriller from C.S. Barnes, Copycat.
A first time author for me, drawn in by the blurb and book cover I was looking forward to this one and was not disappointed.
When a young woman's body is found, dressed up and abandoned , DI Melanie Watton is called into investigate, what quickly becomes apparent is that this murder is identical to another years previously in the same town.
With what appears to be a Copycat Killer on the loose, C.S. Barnes spins a very well written tale, while it's an idea that's been used before I really enjoyed this author's take on the idea and found it to be a very clever tale.
Characters are likeable and believable and the scenes are set well,
I found this to be a rapidly paced thriller, it kept me on edge and I read this one very quickly, certainly a page turner that kept me guessing and asking questions.
A sharp, smart, suspense filled serial killer chiller, part murder mystery, part police procedural, I hope this is the start of a new series.
C.S. Barnes (Charley to her long-time pals) is a Worcestershire-based writer and poet who has recently achieved her Doctorate degree in Creative Writing, and now spends a lot of her time wondering what to do with it. She is a lecturer, content writer, tea-drinker and book-reader with a passion for psychological thrillers that shines through her own work.
Barnes is also one of three directors of Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe literary festival and, independently of this, she runs her own monthly open mic/spoken word event in Worcester City Centre, titled Dear Listener.
She published her debut short story collection in May 2017, titled The Women You Were Warned About (Black Pear Press), and her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, will be published be in July 2018 (V. Press). Never Forget Your First will be Barnes’s debut novel, due for publication with Bloodhound Books in 2019.
For writerly updates you can follow Barnes on Twitter: @charleyblogs