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Blog Four: The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (A Lincoln Rhyme Thriller)

The Skin Collector and a moody sky.

“The pain, you know. It’s one hell of a way to die.”

The Book: The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (A Lincoln Rhyme Thriller)

The Genre: Crime Fiction/Thriller

Ghostly Rating: 👻👻👻👻

The Blurb: They have never seen a murder like it – but something about this killer is all too familiar . . .

A new type of serial killer is stalking the streets of New York – one more devious and disturbing than ever before. 

A talented tattoo artist is using poison instead of ink. His victim is a young woman. And on her skin he’s left a message: ‘the second’. 

Processing the scene, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs find just one trace of evidence. A scrap of paper that connects this case with one they will never forget: the killer they called The Bone Collector…

The Review: This will be a quick review because over the coming weeks and months, you’re likely to see a lot of Jeffery Deaver popping up on my blog. Why? Because to me, his books are familiar. It feels like coming home. I pick up Jeffery Deaver books when I’m not sure what else I fancy reading. I know that I’m in for a decent read, a quick read, and something that I’ll enjoy.

Deaver’s books are all very similar in nature, as you would expect when the characters cross-over and whatnot. That’s certainly not a bad thing. I’ll never manage to guess an ending to one of his books, I’m sure of that. And, that’s part of the reason I love this author. However, the thing that keeps me coming back for more is that the novels are such easy reads but don’t sacrifice the storyline to do this. The more you get to know Amelia Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme, the more invested you are in the books. Their story is told alongside that of the book’s killer, or killers. I love that this storyline is there but that it isn’t central. It stops their romance from becoming stale for the readers.

For me, you can’t go wrong with a bit of Deaver, especially those in the Lincoln Rhyme universe. Always a good read for those who like a dark thriller. All hail Deaver!

Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault and incest. Violence and murder.

As always, wishing you love and books that make your heart skip a beat,

Sarah Jules x

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