Every once in a while the hunters become the hunted...
When Rebecca's childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge and soon she is handing out retribution on any man who preys on the innocent.
The twenty-three-year-old poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory sex offender after another to their deaths.
When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, DI Gravel and his team are called in to investigate.
In what might be his toughest case yet, DI Gravel finds himself asking if vigilante justice is ever justified…
Read this chilling new psychological thriller and decide for yourself.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Rebecca Smith is six years old she is abused by her ballet instructor. He is never prosecuted but Rebecca is not about to let the abuse go. Detective Inspector Gareth Gravel, Grav feels like he let Rebecca down. Rebecca is now twenty three and taking out her justice on those that abuse kids. Grav is on a mandatory vacation when body parts are found on a beach. Then more start showing up. It is going to be up to Grav to find the killer. This is a dark, dirty thriller. There are some well written scenes that could bother some people. Of course I ate this book up. I feel horrible for Rebecca yet I comment her on taking care of the child abusers. I understood why she goes on the hunt and although wrong, it’s hard to fault her. Grav is a rough, hard detective that I think of as an upset porcupine. His is bristles and bark but he knows his job and is really good at it. But what is he up against with Rebecca working on the force and deleting crucial evidence. This is a gruesome game of cat and mouse that is hard to simply say Rebecca did it punish her. Sometime a vigilante is needed, the key is how far they take it. I loved this story. It’s my kind of book, dark and gritty. This is my first book from John Nicholl but it will not be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Before I Met Him by John Nicholl DI Gravel #3 Coming into this series on book three was no problem at all. I immediately realized that Gareth Gravel was a policeman who cared about his job and the people he encountered early on the job and continued to care almost two decades later. In this book he is a widow still missing his wife while dealing with PTSD. The PTSD is, I surmise, from his job and recent events that no doubt took place in previous books. He is called back early from vacation to head up a task force dealing with multiple murders and what gruesome murders they were! The murderess is someone who is dealing with past childhood abuse in a way that helps her, in a twisted way, but her method also pedophiles meet the end she wishes the man who molested her had met years ago. I could not figure out if she was crazy or wicked smart or some combination of both but she was definitely not “normal” – at least to my way of thinking. So, DI Gravel and DS Kesey, new to the police force, tackle the search for the murderer. The police procedural part is followed rigorously, people are questioned, clues are provided, murders are described and justice, of sorts, is perhaps provided. I enjoyed this rather twisted tale of revenge and vengeance and vigilante justice. I enjoyed getting to know Grav and Kesey and I would like to find out more about this series because the team intrigued me. As an American I wondered if there are people that use the word “Love” as often as Grave did when talking to others BUT figure they must…or at least this character did! One thing I liked was the spider reference and the “tip, tap” use within the story… Thank you to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars