Posts Tagged ‘Alison Belsham’


** My thanks to the author and publisher for my copy of this and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



A policeman on his first murder case
A tattoo artist with a deadly secret
And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again…

When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand, but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?


My Thoughts & Review:

The tattooing world is one I am familiar with, and so the plot of this book immediately appealed to me. The idea that a serial killer is out there, removing inked artwork from the bodies of his victims, leaving the police no idea why or for what purpose absolutely grabbed my attention and had me frantically racing through the pages to find out more.

This is quite a dark and addictive read, there are certainly chapters that you feel that you cannot put the book down after reading, definitely a case of “one more chapter” …
Characterisation is good, there are plenty of interesting personalities to keep readers glued to the book and I think there are a couple that will appeal to the audience. Marni Mullins, who discovers the first victim instantly appealed to me. There was something about her that struck me as damaged but strong, like she had rebuilt herself and was determined not to crumble or fall apart again, even though things around her were hellishly messy.
And we can’t have a book with a serial killer without mentioning them and their dangerous and depraved ways! Belsham writes the perspective of the killer so frustratingly well, little snippets of information breaking free in the narrative but never enough to give away the identity. This is a killer who will stop at nothing until his mission is complete, he knows what his goal is and doesn’t plan on making any silly mistakes to give himself away. He is meticulous in his methods and not afraid to get his hands dirty (probably a good thing really, skinning people would get a wee bit messy I’d think).

Alison Belsham has written a very impressive debut, it’s dark and gritty and has a plot that will keep readers hooked and slightly disturbed.
Just to be on the safe side, I think I will keep my tattoos safely under my clothing for a while … just in case.

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