Alana Loxton was part of the all-female team to take down Barratt, a notorious serial killer.
He is safely behind bars when one of the detectives goes missing.
Her disappearance, and the connection to the killer, could be a coincidence – but when her body is
discovered days later, a link begins to form. Then another detective from the team goes missing and the situation becomes horrifically clear.
Someone is picking them off one by one – and Alana’s name is next on the list . . .
Vicki Bradley is a detective constable in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has had a varied career, as a uniformed response driver in Brent and then as a Detective Constable in Southwark CID. She has managed High Risk Sex Offenders and worked on the Serious Organised Crime Command.
Before I Say I Do won the Write Here, Right Now competition, came 3rd in the First Novel Prize and has been
shortlisted for the Virago New Crime Writer 2017 and Peters Fraser and Dunlop Prize 2016. Vicki lives in London with her husband and baby.
My thoughts: this was a really good, gripping police thriller, set in South London, where the author works as a police detective, adding extra authenticity. I used to work in Elephant & Castle so recognise some of the places the detectives go to as they investigate the kidnappings and murders of several female detectives, emulating a serial killer, safely locked away in Broadmoor.
Is there a copycat or did Barratt have an accomplice? Alana Loxton is in the killer’s sights but she’s determined to solve the case and save the lives of her friends as well as her own.
The story was fast paced, never letting up as we follow Loxton and her partner, Polish transfer Dominik, across London, out to Kent and back, with the killer closing in. They turn up a few suspects, and think they’re getting close, keeping the suspense up as the killer taunts them and manages to be one step ahead.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.