Dead Eyed by Matt Brolly

Dead Eyed is a gripping thriller, an excellent debut novel. Think James Bond meets Inspector Rebus meets the Da Vinci code and you have some idea of what kind of book it is. DCI Michael Lambert is officially on long-term leave following the death of his young daughter, a tragedy which clearly haunts him. But when a body is discovered and the victim has been murdered in a very gruesome, ritualistic way. Lambert is drawn into investigating  the death, albeit unofficially and he has some unorthodox methods. A series of people were murdered in the same way some years back, including a friend of Lambert’s. The perpetrator was never uncovered and the murders stopped around 20 years ago. And now it seems the killer is at work again and as more victims are discovered, it seems there may be a connection with Lambert – is  he at risk?

Lambert was a really intriguing character. He is a tough detective who doesn’t always do things by the book. He clearly has influence on other officers who allow him access to intelligence he shouldn’t really have and also has their respect. His personal relationships are interesting too. His marriage has all but broken down following the death of his daughter and he seems to struggle to deal with the emotions he feels. I believe this is the first in a planned series of novels featuring DCI Lambert, so it will be interesting to see how this character develops.

The storyline in this book is completely absorbing. The short chapters make it a fast moving book with lots of twists and turns. It is a book that will keep you guessing and reading ‘just one more chapter’ to find out what is going to happen next. It was action packed, dramatic and addictive. Definitely an unputdownable read.

My thanks to the author for offering me a review copy of his book. Dead Eyed was published by Carina as an e-book on 3rd September and you can buy a copy here: Dead Eyed.

Book description

DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case. Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work. The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling-card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, twenty-five years ago. Now the long-buried case is being re-opened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list…

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