Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for Who’s Next by Chris Merritt published by Bookouture.
Who’s Next by Chris Merritt
Release Date: 11th of September 2020
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 449 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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Stumbling to the ground, he claws at the earth around him, trying to stabilise himself, but his attacker is on him in seconds. As he stares at the lights of the bustling streets on the other side of the park gates, he doesn’t even have time to shout for help before everything goes black.
When the body of wealthy businessman Charles Stott is found dead on Wimbledon Common, covered in bruises just feet away from his luxury home, Detective Dan Lockhart is called to investigate the shocking scene. Examining the sickeningly disfigured body before him, Lockhart knows he’s dealing with a brutal killer. Looking more closely, he notices something on the victim’s neck: a small, crudely drawn symbol in black ink. It seems the murderer has marked his victim, but why? Dan needs to get inside the perpetrator’s mind, so he contacts psychologist Dr Lexi Green.
As the ensuing media circus puts pressure on Dan and Lexi’s investigation, another victim is found and the headlines are quick to report a serial killer is on the loose. The body of a successful lawyer has been discovered in a park with the same bruising and hand-drawn symbol on his neck. Dan fears that more victims will follow.
As the case intensifies, Dan uncovers a new lead on his missing wife, Jess, who disappeared eleven years ago. Determined to follow it up, he must choose between tracking down a serial murderer and finding Jess. Can he make the impossible decision before the killer strikes once more?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott 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!
Who’s Next is the second instalment in the Detectives Lockhart and Green series and can be read as a standalone. I do recommend you reading the first, Knock Knock, not because you won’t be able to follow along, as Chris Merritt gives the reader enough background, but because you would be missing out on another fantastic read.
Chris Merritt has crafted another stellar addition to this series and as I have come to expect from his work, kicks things off in spectacular fashion. As with Knock Knock, Who’s Next opens with another paragraph that chilled me to the bone. “For as long as I can remember, I wanted to know what it would be like to kill someone! Oh my I still get goosebumps reading this!
The plot is intriguing and has been well thought through and expertly executed. Chris Merritt really is a master storyteller and showcases his skill set to the highest level with this book. I was immediately caught up in its web and was held captive unable to tear myself away. When I had to, I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I could pick it back up again!
Chris Merritt has a very unique writing style that is so captivating. He is able to draw you in where he captures as well as holds your attention. I can be easily distracted when reading, but there was no danger of that happening with this book! The writing also extends to the cast of characters that have all been brilliantly portrayed as each comes to life through the pages.
All up Who’s Next is a belter of a read! It is gripping, intense and with its almighty bang of a cliffhanger, now has me impatiently waiting for the next instalment! It was my absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Who’s Next which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Chris Merritt, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Who’s Next which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know Chris Merritt
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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