When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced.
But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him.
When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past. Is he the man she loves? Who is he running from?
She doesn’t have long to decide whether to trust him or betray him. Because one thing has been made clear to Maggie – another woman will die soon, and it might be her.
Gripping from the beginning, this is an absolute edge of your seat, unputdownable thriller which will leave you desperate for more. Do not start reading unless you have the stamina to do it in one go!
DCI Tom Douglas is fast becoming my favourite police officer, and that is really saying something considering the competition provided by Peter James’ Roy Grace, Ian Rankin’s Rebus, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks and my absolute favourite, Val McDermid’s DCI Carol Jordan.
Kill Me Again is the fifth instalment of the DCI Tom Douglas series and what an instalment it is! We meet Maggie Taylor, who has recently uprooted her family from Suffolk to Manchester following a job offer as a criminal lawyer. Her husband, Duncan, stay at home dad to their 2 young children and part time plumber, suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving the children home alone, his mobile phone off and absolutely no clue as to his whereabouts. As Maggie starts to dig about, something becomes very clear, Duncan is absolutely not the man she thought he was.
The story flashbacks to 12 years ago when the then DI Tom Douglas is working on a murder case, fast forward to the present and it appears that he is working on an identical case, leading him (and the reader) to wonder if he got the right man the first time round! Without delivering any spoilers, this is a fast paced and enthralling story, weaving you deeper into the man Douglas was when he was first starting out in Major Crime, which in turn allows you to really feel for him as the man he is in the present. Supported by his second in command, DI Becky Robinson, Douglas must race against the clock to discover the truth about what really happened all those years ago, and what impact that case has on the goings on in the present.
It is so utterly clear that the author was in the Police Force, the attention to true detail in the policies and procedures is brilliant, there are no unrealistic sudden clues that miraculously help to solve the crime at the last possible minute, everything about this story is totally and utterly compelling and realistic. The descriptive narrative is also wonderful, drawing you completely in to the worlds of Maggie and Tom, giving just the right amount of detail to feel that you could be stood right next to them, without completely boring your socks off!
I thought I had it all figured out by about chapter 20 – boy was I wrong!!! A real edge of your seat, plot twisting and spine chilling thriller which I suggest you go and buy immediately!
Further reading suggestion:
If crime fighting coppers are your thing, I would strongly recommend the Roy Grace series by Peter James and the Dr Tony Hill books by Val McDermid