Hello, my fellow friends readers and bloggers!
It’s a bright sunny day here and I hope you are having a great time. Today I have the pleasure to take part in Helen Fields’ blog tour for her latest gripping thriller, PERFECT SILENCE. It was published on August 23-rd. Today I have an exclusive extract from the book just for you. I must say that I absolutely love D.I.Callanach Series and the book number four certainly doesn’t lack my appreciation. You can read my review here. Many thanks to lovely Sabah and the amazing team at Avon for the chance to be part of this blog tour.
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The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. And when a macabre ragdoll is found nestled beside an abandoned baby, DI Luc Callanch learns the killer’s horrifying game plan – cutting out dolls from the flesh of his victims.
When a series of drug-users are brutally branded with the letter Z slashed into their foreheads, Luc and his partner Ava must risk both their jobs and their lives to unearth the truth. Is this the merciless work of the same assailant?
As the killer’s twisted games persist, Luc knows it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?
‘My remit is science
, not speculation. It’s a wonder she
survived as long as she did. She was tough and brave. To have
crawled at all, even just a few metres was, in the circumstances,
remarkable,’ Jonty said.
‘How long since she died, do you think?’ Ava asked him.
‘Three to four hours. Apparently, she was found by a farmhand
who was on his way to let out some cattle further down
the lane. I saw him talking to the first officers on the scene.
Given that he’s being treated for shock himself, I’d say he’s
nothing to do with it. The pathology aside, it took someone
with a strong stomach to take a knife to this girl, then to turn
her over and do it again. It’s not like stabbing in anger. It takes
medically trained professionals a long time to prepare themselves
to make major incisions.’
‘A psychopath, then,’ Ava said. ‘Or someone completely
inured to the extremes of violence and bloodshed.’
‘Someone you shouldn’t underestimate, I think I’d say,’ Jonty
confirmed. ‘We’re moving her now. I’ll perform a post-mortem
today but it’ll take some time. Join me first thing tomorrow
morning for some answers.’
They said their goodbyes. Luc and Ava stood watching as the
corpse was moved from the ground into a body bag and onto
a stretcher. The ground where the young woman had died was
crimson in the centre and black at the edges. With the body
removed, the trail she had crawled was more obvious.
‘She didn’t get very far at all,’ Callanach said. ‘My guess is
that when she was left here, the perpetrator knew she wouldn’t
last much longer. I also think they drove away south west,
towards the reservoir.’