In the unrelenting heat of the Toronto summer, a fire at a land-fill site uncovers the remains of a local prostitute. But the post-mortem reveals disturbing details - the body has been preserved and is not who or what it seems.
DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she's carrying deep scars - mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
As Eleanor battles her own demons, it looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruesome human collection. And Eleanor's fight to save the last victim of the Collector becomes a battle to save herself.
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This is the first time I’ve read a book by this author - but I doubt it will be the last. From the very start, her writing style engages the reader, taking them in as a witness to the events being revealed in her carefully crafted text. Somehow she makes you feel like you’re watching everything unfurling before you, hearing every unexpected nuance, seeing every clue and empathising with the characters. As snippets are uncovered, the author keeps the reader totally immersed and on the edge of their seat. The characters in the story are complex, especially D I Eleanor Raven who is the ‘star’ of the novel and series. She was almost killed in the previous novel in this series and is battling to overcome the physical and emotional trauma those events have caused. I was also intrigued by her partner, Detective Laurence Whitefoot, both as an individual and in his relationship with Eleanor. Why did he leave his career as a doctor to join the police? As the highly convoluted plot progresses, secrets and details are tantalisingly revealed - and more victims are discovered. This is an excellent crime thriller, full of mystery, suspense and action. It is quite a dark novel and, at times, is so gritty and frank it can make difficult reading but it is appropriate to the story and not there only for effect. I’m so pleased to find another great female detective and another superb author - I’ll be looking out for future stories in this series! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
EXCITING SERIES CONTINUES.... D.I. Eleanor Raven is back following a horrific attack by a serial killer (SAFE WORD). She is reunited with her new partner, Detective Laurence Whitefoot, as well as her old partner, Mo. When skeletal remains are found on a land fill site, Raven and her team are called. What they find, at first, looks and almost feels like a doll, but tests prove the remains are, indeed, human ... and the victim has been embalmed. More women are found in the same condition and not until a young child is abducted does Raven begin to make the connections. The character of Eleanor Raven is multi-layered. She's a true victim advocate in that she will do whatever necessary to see that the victims find justice. She had secrets in SAFE WORD that led to her capture by a deviant. It's only thanks to her new partner that she is rescued. In this book, more of her secrets see the light of day and explanations of why those secrets are so important to Raven. Detective Whitefoot is another extremely interesting character. New to the team in SAFE WORD, he only wants to fit in with the team. In this book, he has asked for a transfer to another unit. Since he discovered one of Raven's secrets, they are both uncomfortable working together. But what I really want to know is his back story. He is .. or was... a physician before becoming a law enforcement officer. Now that's a real change of careers.. and I'd love to know why. I hope the author is not done with this series! Many thanks to NetGalley / Lawsome Books for the opportunity to read in exchange for an honest review.
Eleanor Raven is still easily one of my favourite female detectives, she is bold but has many different character angles, this shows her flaws and quirks that give her a deceptive depth. We follow Eleanor months after she is kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer. After spending months recovering she feels it is time to get back to work, it is where she feels most at home and safe. You would think that after so many months of recuperation she would be fighting fit, in truth she is still in pain and not just physically. Her past experiences have changed her and I get the impression she is not sure how to handle the changes. The plot line is not only twisted it is detailed. A prostitute is found in a local tip, a worker thinks she is a manikin and keeps her as company, well I felt sorry for him, sad old man with no company but a manikin!! This is the first thing that creeped me out! How can a dead person look like a manikin?! Well it is explained and although detailed the author doesn’t go over the top, I do however want to know where the author got the idea from?! Karens style of writing suits me, you are given just the right amount of information and detail to keep you at the edge of your seat. I would suggest you read the first book by this author, ‘The Safe Word’ is just as brilliant. I felt some closure reading The Vault, there were some unexplained details from Karens first novel and these are explained.