Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.
High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.
Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Porcelain is a gripping crime thriller that hooks you in from the very first chapter. Porcelain is an absolute page turner and I was not able to keep the book down until the very last word.
Apart from the plot, the well built characters were also a very big plus point for this book. There were many characters in the book like DS Nicks, Nathan, Amy, Marcus, etc. DS Nicks is fierce and brave police sergeant who has garnered a lot of respect in the police force as she is very good at her work. I think DS Nicks character was really good and with her team she did a great job in solving the gruesome crime.
Now coming to the twins Nathan and Amy. They had a very disturbed childhood, the traces of which still haunt their present. The moments of their childhood which were shown were deeply unsettling, painful and gruesome. And in present when they talk about their childhood you can almost feel the pain from their voice penetrating through the pages into your heart.
I had just one problem with this book. It was the excess of sex scenes(7 I guess). Apart from one, others were completely unnecessary for the plot. And I Actually skipped one or two because in middle of the gripping thriller I didn't want to get distracted.
Porcelain has graphic description of assaults which were carried on. The descriptions were brutal and gruesome and I feel this could be a bit heavy for some people, so those of you with this problem could give it a miss. Apart from them this chilling read is recommended for all mystery and crime lovers.
Spine-chilling, gritty and deeply disturbing! This is a raw, creepy thriller full of violence, degradation, emotional entanglements, sex and murder. The main heroine, Taylor, is relentless, determined, strong, confused and damaged. And the supporting characters are complex, intelligent and vulnerable. The writing is well done and exceptionally descriptive. And the plot is a well-crafted police procedural jam-packed with twists, turns, suspense and mayhem. I have to point out that this story deals with some heartbreaking, horrific issues such as pedophilia and includes some explicit lesbian sex scenes so may not be for everyone. However, saying that, for everyone else this is a gripping, fast-paced murder mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and definitely have you questioning the line between criminal and victim, retribution and revenge right from the haunting prologue.
I was aware before I embarked on this book that it was branded as unsettling however I feel duty bound to point out some *trigger* aspects because I know several of my readers will be troubled by such content. This is an extremely harrowing tale involving paedophilia, murder and self-harming. There are also explicit lesbian sex scenes. If any of these subjects upset/offend you I would suggest NOT reading it. BUT now I have made that clear I am going to continue and say I was absolutely mesmerised by this, it’s dark, edgy, stomach churning, heart-wrenching stuff but it is also highly addictive. Once I had got past the first few pages I was hooked, in my opinion it is worth sticking with it and it will eventually all become clear and progress into a crime, police procedural thriller. Nathan and Amy suffer hideous torture and abuse at the hands of their mother and step-father this is their story. As the years have progressed people are being assaulted and bodies start appearing, they all have a connection to a crime ring and whoever the attacker is leaves a ‘calling card’ with each mutilated corpse. If I wasn’t freaked out by porcelain dolls previously I am now! The police team investigating are a strong tight unit, Taylor the Detective Sergeant was clearly my favourite, she is a powerful woman full of confidence and totally aware of her appeal to other women. She fights for justice and stands no crap from any suspects. Detective Constable Marcus Black also endeared himself to me .. a situation with his family is so well written it sent shivers down my spine and the sheer terror and desperation was palpable. Once the team know they are chasing a serial killer the tension escalates .. I was convinced I knew who would be found guilty but I was wrong and was kept guessing the outcome until nearer the end. The ending itself leaves the way open for another book *I hope*. I hesitate to say I enjoyed this due to the subject matter but it is certainly highly entertaining, the author excels with her knowledge of the police and that comes across strongly. It’s a bloody marvellous book and I am glad I read it! Thanks to the author and publishers .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.