Title: Nine Elms
Author: Robert Bryndza
Date of publication: 9 January 2020
Number of pages: 400
Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly became a nightmare.
Fifteen years after those catastrophic, career-ending events, a copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.
Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. But there’s much more than her reputation on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim . . . and his successor means to finish the job.
Where do I even begin? Nine Elms. The title puzzled me. What did it mean? Even before I started reading, I had questions!!! But no time to dwell on that, because I met Kate Marshall.
Kate has a difficult past, to say the least! The novel sends you back to 1996, when as a police officer, Ms Marshall is chasing a serial killer. Unfortunately for her, things end badly. Really badly. Think dark and gritty. Think your world is shattered in seconds.
Forward to the present, and meet Kate again, this time teaching Criminology at university. Decided not to be defined by her past, she has found a frail peace living away from the city. With the help of her neighbour and her assistant Tristan, she leads a quiet life. Monsters from old days are never far, though, and they catch up with her when a pathologist asks for her opinion on a new case…
Don’t we say that you can run but your past runs with you? Or something like that.
I was not expecting to warm to Kate so easily. Bad choices and fate have brought her to a place where her fragility and her resilience are constantly battling. She is one of those protagonists who feel so real you could almost touch her as your fingers run (yes, we keep running with this book!!! In a good way!) over the pages. I felt for her despite her flaws and I don’t regret it. She is becoming a favourite of mine!
Baddie, you asked for a baddie? Oh, count on Robert to come up with stuff of nightmares! Lecter, you can go back to bed! I was horrified at the crimes, I was appalled by the atrocities done and thought. I was repulsed by characters. Evil isn’t strong enough to describe the darkness of Nine Elms.
My favourite thing about this book is how we get a very different kind of policey-novel. As a former cop, Kate has no power, but she has knowledge and old tricks. She is a darn good lecturer at a crossroad and the case she’s called to help with on a non-official basis, is what she needs to move on, no matter how hard it is. I laughed at Tristan who follows Kate and learns, his young years showing against his boss’s years on the field. He amused me, she surprised me. They make a good team. And boy do we need one against the horrendous faces at work to scare the population.
Ha, if only it was that simple. This case goes deeper than most plots I have read, and I enjoyed every step of the way. I relished the horrors and the ideas, I loved the twists and I waited impatiently for the next drop of blood. But most of all, I found myself completely seduced by the flawless narrative that stole hours of my life.
Looking for an intricate and suspenseful read? Stop right here, you’re at the right place!
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Thank you to Little,Brown for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for this crazy and bloody ride!
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series. Robert’s books have sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.