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Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer Book Review


There’s no safety in numbers . . . 

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . .

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Paperback343 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Bantam Press (first published March 10th 2016)

My Review

When you find yourself reading a 300 + page book in one sitting you know you found a very good book!! Often found myself thinking that I couldn't put it down as the trail of the serial killer might go cold if I stopped reading! Fair to say I became a little involved with this book!  And that cover is seriously stunning too!

This is the story of Eve Singer. She is a TV crime reporter and the business is very tense and pressurised. Too many reporters always wanting the exclusive and the first photos of the murders happening in London. And on the scene there is now a killer who needs an audience too to stage his 'exhibitions' of murder. One can't function without the other and the killer soon finds himself fascinated by Eve and gets in touch with her in the hope that they can both help each other out in their lines of work.

Away from the murders, Eve is struggling as she's had to move back home to take care of her father who is struggling with dementia, and this switch of the story was a fascinating one and also really well dealt with as it shows the sadness, the hopelessness she often feels and the moments of humour that families dealing with this condition know only too well. She also keeps her homelife hidden from those she works with.

We also see the story from the point of view of the killer himself, and that is a unsettling and clever way of seeing into his past and what may have set him on this path and uncover why he has this need to kill people in such a public way.

There is also a tiny glimpse into the point of view of her father and that is extremely enlightening and heartbreaking in equal measures.

I loved the way this story was written as it is full of intrigue and the pace of the story never lets up so there is always something going on - be it in her homelife, or in dealing with the killers growing obsession with her and her trying to decide whether it is morally right for her to become so involved with him to help her TV career.

Absolutely loved this book, with its' twists and turns and will definitely be reading more from this author in the future!

Thank you to the publishers Transworld Books, and Becky Short for providing me with a Proof Copy of this stunning book

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