Joe Parker is Manchester’s top criminal defence lawyer and Sam Parker – his brother – is a brilliant detective with the Greater Manchester Police force. Together they must solve a puzzling case that is chilling Manchester to the bone…
The Death Collector is charming, sophisticated and intelligent, but he likes to dominate women, to make them give themselves to him completely; to surrender their dignity and their lives. He’s a collector of beautiful things, so once he traps them he’ll never let them go.
Joe is drawn into the Death Collector’s world and when the case becomes dangerous, Sam is the first person he turns to. In this gripping thriller, danger lurks for not only the Parker brothers, but also those closest to them.
From page one this book grips it’s reader and it doesn’t let go till the final traumatic and thrilling end.
I actually quite liked the killer in this tense read. The way he killed his victims, the careful preparation of the bodies and the keeping of their clothes, so he could revisit their smell and remember them was beautifully written. Although a sadistic and quite clearly disturbed person, he was also very clever, charming and his will to deceive and survive was something that I loved reading about.
Joe and Sam’s relationship is one that brings this novel together. Joe is a defence lawyer and his brother, a cop,they are working together on a case to free a convicted murderer who seems to be innocent. With references to real life killers such as Hindley and Brady and situated on Saddleworth moor you really get a feel for the place and the secrets it holds.
Neil White is a fantastic thriller writer,and if you love this kind of novel you are in for an exciting and intense time. In places it is heart stopping, and more than once I found myself holding my breath.
All of the characters are strong and add something to the tale. Carl, a young fifteen year old searching for his father is amazing for his strength and his resolve. Mary, with her determination to do right by her son was my favourite. A determined woman who, with the world seemingly against her, and her inner turmoil campaigns for her boy and shows what a mothers love can do.
I loved this book, it is deliciously horrifying and skillfully penned and Neil White is a new addition I am happy to keep on my shelf.