When Mary receives a blank diary as a present, she thinks nothing of it. Until she opens the diary and sees it’s not blank after all…
- 1st January MURDER LISA, OXFORD
- 1st February MURDER JANE, BIRMINGHAM
- 1st March MURDER DAVID, CARDIFF
- 1st April MURDER MARY, CHELTENHAM
Is this some kind of sick joke? But…it’s the end of January now. And a woman named Lisa was murdered in Oxford on 1st January.
Does that mean there really is a killer out there, planning to commit a new murder on the first of each month? And is the Mary due to be killed on 1st April, her?
The clock is ticking for Mary to uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim on the killer’s list…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
While announcing a forthcoming murder is not a new concept in a murder mystery, this story gives it a twenty-first-century makeover with powerful psychological suspense interwoven with the police procedural. Mary is a convincing and likeable character, especially in the early stages of the story. As it progresses and her secrets reveal themselves, she is more of an unreliable narrator.
There are many motives and suspects explored in this pacy novel. The characters are believably flawed with good characterisation. Mary’s first-person viewpoint and the contrasting third-person police procedural element give the reader an omnipotent view of events.
I liked the original aspects of the story, the multilayered characters and the clever plot twist. It’s the perfect read for all amateur sleuths.
Jackie Kabler is an internationally bestselling author of psychological thrillers including The Perfect Couple, Am I Guilty? and The Happy Family. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She now combines her crime writing with her job as a presenter on the shopping channel QVC. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.