Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on Knock Knock by Chris Merritt. This was released on the 17th of March published by Bookouture.
Knock Knock by Chris Merritt
Release Date: 17th of March 2020
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 392 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…
As Detective Dan Lockhart is called to a wealthy London street to investigate Natasha’s death, he’s startled by the similarity to a previous case. Noticing the cable-tie restraints and the tiny scratches on Natasha’s wedding finger, Dan already knows what he will find if he looks in her mouth – the metal ball which choked her to death. He knows Natasha isn’t the killer’s first victim and is certain that he will strike again.
Months earlier, Kim Hardy was found in the same position in a run-down hotel across the city – an identical silver ball in her throat. But Kim’s murderer was caught and sent to prison – did they arrest the wrong man? And what connects the two victims? Fearing that he’s dealing with a psychopathic serial killer, Dan calls in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help him to get into the perpetrator’s mind. Tough and smart, Lexi will stop at nothing to hunt down the man responsible for the deaths.
Then, another body is discovered, just as Lexi finds a clue online leading to the killer. Dan’s team aren’t convinced, but in pushing Lexi away from the investigation, they force her to dig further into the case on her own. Convinced that she’s on to something, she puts herself in unthinkable danger… but can Dan piece together the clues and identify the killer before it’s too late?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Cara Hunter will love this thrilling new series from Chris Merritt. From an explosive start to a heart-stopping finale, you will not want to put this book down!
Wow, what a cracking start to a new series Knock Knock is! I was completely blown away by this book and I cannot wait for book 2. It is addictive, intense and is everything and more in what I love in a crime thriller and I could not get enough!
I was completely hooked just by the first sentence of the blurb “Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…” It just gives me goosebumps and the chills again writing it out. What a way to lure the reader in.
I don’t want to rehash the plot in this review as the blurb gives you more than enough to go in with and in my excitement I could accidentally give something away. What I will say is that Chris takes the reader on one hell of a rollercoaster ride with a list of potential suspects that keep you on your toes as it all unfolds to an outcome that I did not see coming!
I really enjoyed the characters of Detective Dan Lockhart and psychologist Dr Lexi Green. Each has been created brilliantly and just come to life through the pages. I often find that when I read a new series that it takes me a couple of books to connect with the main characters but in this case, I had an instant connection with the two of them and I look forward to seeing how they evolve in future books.
Knock Knock is a slow burn as Chris goes through the details, but these are integral to the story and did not hinder my enjoyment of the book whatsoever. I actually enjoyed this aspect as the foundations were laid out and it is exactly what I would expect in the first book of a new series.
This is the first book I have read of Chris’ and it will most definitely not be my last. I was really impressed with this book and how real it felt. It was like I was on the sidelines watching it all unfold, which has been achieved through writing that is so vivid and flawless in its approach.
Knock Knock is one highly addictive read that pulls you in right from the beginning and is one that needs to be part of your reading list in 2020. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Knock Knock which I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Chris Merritt for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Knock Knock which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Chris
Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.
All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.
Now he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while thinking about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.
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