Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
I want to start by saying I haven’t read any of Anna Lou-Weatherley’s and I understand that she has written quite a few romance books so I can’t comment on her writing from Romance to Thriller!
Wow I loved this so much more than I was expecting to! I feel like I managed to fly through this and felt like this was such a well written book and was just a pleasure to read. And the plot, oh the plot was fabulous. It was such an interesting story and I really enjoyed the incorporation of Golidilocks and the 3 bears and the way that everything with killer was linked was great. The only thing I felt was left unfinished was how the killer had all the money to get the lovely flat that they were living in! But in all honesty, that was just one small thing and I really enjoyed everything else and felt it was wrapped up so well. The book was the perfect length and I didn’t feel like it needed any more or that it was too long and dragged on.
I’ve seen a few reviews saying that they didn’t like that Dan was so mopey about his dead girlfriend Rachel and that everything that happens or that he does reminds him of her and their time together. really enjoyed this aspect however; Dan and Rachel didn’t simply split up, she was taken from him in a terrible unexpected accident which also killed their unborn child. I can therefore completely empathise with him not being able to let go of Rachel and her memory and it must be even harder for him since he’s getting out on the dating scene and trying again. It made him seem human and like he had feelings which I think sometimes can get overlooked in police procedurals and they can end flat and emotionless.
This was told in a dual POV; the killers POV which is always intriguing and I loved seeing that point of view as you get to obviously see their motivations for the killings and why they’re doing what they’re doing. And it was even more intriguing in this book as we got to see the characters different personality traits coming through. The second POV is Detective Dan Riley and we follow him as he tried to get his dating life started again and also as he;s trying to suss out who the killer is.
Black Heart is to be published on 31st January and you can pre-order the Kindle edition for just 99p from Amazon UK! I really can’t wait for the next books in this series and see where it takes Dan!