In The Soul Killer by Ross Greenwood, it’s a race against time to stop a serial killer before he claims his last victim…

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for organising this book tour and giving me an Advanced Review Copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I read The Soul Killer straight after finishing The Snow Killer. It takes place directly after the events of the first book.

On Christmas Day, an elderly father suffering from terminal cancer appears to have committed suicide. But his daughters are not convinced. Shortly after, his son-in-law dies in a tragic accident, drowning in a boating lake while stumbling home drunk. Are this family just unlucky, or are these deaths not accidental after all? DCI Barton and his team begin to wonder…

The Soul Killer is available on Amazon on Kindle, audiobook and in paperback. It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited.

My review

“You might well be a soul killer, but the only one that you’ve really destroyed is your own.”

The Soul Killer begins with the murderer’s life story and strange upbringing. They had a very religious mother and were always an outsider, never able to make friends at school. They then attend Cambridge University, where they take up running and begin to make friends. For a while they date Charlie, and after university at a supermarket, they meet Claudia. It was interesting seeing how their life impacted them and gave them such a strange point of view on religion and heaven.

Unlike The Snow Killer, the murderer is revealed fairly early on (about 40% through). This makes it quite a different book to the first. It was very tense in places and quite terrifying as the murderer slowly seems to lose his mind further, becoming more and more obsessive. In a way, this reminded me of the Netflix series You, as the killer begins to get rid of anyone who might interfere with their relationship or suggest she can do better. The killer is cold and calculating, and his callousness was really quite unsettling. The book ends with a chase, with the killer always one step ahead of DCI Barton and his team – it is thrilling and engaging, as the point of view switches between the killer and Barton throughout.

This book also delves deeper into the relationships between Barton and his team, particularly Strange and Zander, his closest colleagues. It also shows how the events of the first book have impacted on the team, as well as on Barton. He is quite introspective in this one, deciding to make changes to his lifestyle. However, Barton’s wife Holly must be incredibly patient as he doesn’t seem to spend much time with her and the children in this book (despite his hopes of a quiet Christmas!).

Overall, this was an engaging read with an exciting end. I enjoyed the slower start to the story, to build atmosphere and that you see so much of the story from the killer’s viewpoint. It gives an intriguing insight into how a serial killer might think. While you know that the good guys always win, it never really feels like one as the cost is always so high. Barton is a great character, and I look forward to reading more about his adventures in the next book.

The blurb for The Soul Killer

‘Repent in this life, rejoice in the next…’

A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads the case goes nowhere. Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect.

Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one’s soul is safe. Not even those of the detectives…

How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than your own…?

Ross GreenwoodAbout the author, Ross Greenwood

Ross Greenwood writes gritty, heart-pounding thrillers, with twists aplenty, and unforgettable endings. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

He is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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The Soul Killer is available on Amazon on Kindle, audiobook and in paperback. It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited.