The first body comes as a shock
The second brings horror
The third signals the beginning of a nightmare
When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.
Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.
Then another body appears against the Wall.
As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.
Who is the Killer on the Wall?
Twenty years ago, a small village on the edge of Hadrian’s Wall was left shocked and scarred by a series of murders. Eventually, the killer was caught, but people were never the same again. Each did what they could to cope, some better than others, and to forget – though it seems that wasn’t really possible.
For Isla – who found three of the victims – coping has meant looking the evil she came across that day in the eye. She is a forensic psychologist, studying the brains of serial killers to try and understand why they kill and if she can stop it. It’s something her husband (and the only survivor of the Killer on the Wall), Ramsey, doesn’t understand…he is looking for a “normal” life, one free from stress, danger and – maybe – with a few kids running around. Isla, though, can’t help herself, meeting with the very person who nearly ended Ramsay’s life – Heath McGowan (aka The Killer on the Wall).
It might be a coincidence, it might not, but whilst Isla is meeting with Heath, a body is being found – propped against Hadrian’s Wall, just like the bodies twenty years previously – and the hunt is on for a new killer. Leading the case, Isla’s father (the local policeman who caught Heath and is now police superintendent) and her best friend Mina.
It’s the way of small towns / villages, everyone is connected and as the case progresses, things get messy. No one is sure if the killings are being directed by Heath somehow, if it’s a copycat killing, or (even worse) was the wrong man put away first time. I have to say, I wasn’t sure myself – right through to the end when the killer was revealed (bit of a shock I didn’t see coming at all!). I loved all the guessing and how I started to distrust pretty much everyone at some point.
I loved the way the story was told too, “travelling” from person to person and telling a bit of their story and what they were up to…dropping clues for me to pick up. I know it’s something that a lot of authors do, alternating chapters, but this felt more like snapshots in time and I thought it was well done. I got to hear the voices of each person involved and make my own decisions on whether I liked them…and, more importantly, trusted them.
There is lots of love going on here I realise and that’s how I felt about The Killer on the Wall – I loved it. It was a great story, simple and effective, with great characters, great pace and a killer ending (pun intended). Highly recommended!
Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own