Now You See – Max Manning Review

now you see.jpgThankyou to Wildfire Books and NetGalley for providing me with an eArc copy of this; as always, all opinions and thoughts are honest and my own!

This sounded like it had a very interesting concept and take on the serial killer plot that we normally see as it has managed to incorporate our love of social media into the murders! So this follows a serial killer as I mentioned before who is killing his victims and putting a picture of them before their death and after their death on social media. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but I’m loving the incorporation of social media into the newer crime novels; cara hunter does the perfect representation in the actual print media in her book but I did think this was a great example of sensationalising the murders and for the serial killer to get more attention that he/she needed. It did also touch on why people look at upsetting and disturbing material online when it becomes available, especially when it helps validate the killer and their actions.

One of the main characters we follow is DCI Fenton who has a daughter and who we also find out, has recently lost his wife to cancer. He is one of the detectives on the serial killer case and to be honest, I didn’t really get much from him. He didn’t feel that fleshed out and I wouldn’t say that he’s anything special in terms of a police detective in a police procedural. The other main character we get to follow and hear from is Blake; this is the first victim’s ex-boyfriend and actually has quite an interesting plot. He used to be an investigative journalist who has a very interesting past which he is still trying to escape from. I feel like we definitely got more of a backstory for Blake and he definitely felt more fleshed out that Fenton which was weird as this is meant to be DCI Fenton’s series.

I thought the plot was intriguing, but I did feel like that was mainly because of the social media aspect. We were led to believe that a certain person was the killer, but it seemed way too obvious that this was what we were supposed to think. I did figure out who the killer was before it was revealed but that may be because when you read so many crime and thriller books, it starts to take a great plot twist to really surprise you.

This wasn’t a bad book by no means, I just didn’t feel like it was anything special. If you’re looing for a more modern crime book which isn’t too heavy with actual police procedural work in an office or station, then this could be a good novel to pick up. I also really enjoyed Blake’s involvement in the story the most and I would really like it if we saw him again in the next book! You can pick this up on Amazon UK in paperback and kindle.

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