Now THIS is how you make me get into your series and how you make me CARE about your characters.
Today we talk about the perfect thriller, Perfect kill
I requested this arc on NetGalley and to my, especially now, fantastic luck, I got it!
If you’ve been reading my reviews, you know detective stories and police involved books, are not my thing. Lately, however, I have read some books and they, let me tell you, are bound to change my opinion on the genre.
Read my review for Dark places
Perfect Kill, I came to find out, is the 6th book in the D.I. Callanach series by Helen Fields. It reads, however, as a fantastic stand-alone.
Let’s get to the details
Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.
Drugged and kidnapped, the realization soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.
With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…
- research. Man, this book was keen on details. Now, I don’t know anything about real police procedures, about the biology and other fields involved in this book, but the way it was written made me feel like the author was a police-detective, surgeon, prison guard, mechanic and witch at the same time. Every word on the page felt real and there were no conflicts that I was aware of. Hats off to this, Ms Helen Fields.
- writing. Exquisite. I loved every single word I read. Just like mentioned before, it all felt real. The topics in this book are actually very real and I will get to it a bit later, but the fact that she managed to combine fiction and reality in such a way you never felt them contradicting each other, that was super cool!
- characters. OKay. So I only got to know the main characters of the series now, as I have not read any of the previous books ( I did however add them all to my shopping list) but they were SO GOOD! I loved DCI Ava, I loved Mr. Callanach and his pals, I loved how I was introduced to them in a way that helped me get their vibe but wouldn’t have pissed me off , had I read the previous books. We have one romanian character and here I will talk a bit more.
- romanian character. I am biased in my choosing to talk about Elenuta here BUT this was the first book I read which shone some light of a very bad and important problem regarding Eastern Europe which is human trafficking. Romanian women are a big percentage of the women trafficked in Europe since we have many poor regions and girls seeking work are lured with promises of high salaries and few working hours. They are invited to interviews to talk about what the job involves and there they are kidnapped and stacked in trucks or worse, then sent to other countries and sold as prostitutes. The reason I appreciate the author to no ends for choosing Elenuta as a character ( although the name choice is not the happiest.. the name is Elena and Elenuta is its pet name so no one would actually introduce themselves by Elenuta) is because she steered away from any tasteless stereotype and she presented her as a strong, empathetic and smart woman. That is to crash to the ground the idiotic assumptions that only a “lower class” woman could fall prey to the traffickers.
- plot. It was action packed and so real. I think I may overuse the word “real” but there was no fictional nonsense about it. The entire book read like it wrote itself, the author stayed behind and let the story unfold. She didn’t feel the need, not once, to make herself present.
- relationships. Complicated and realistic. People are a mess. Bad things happen to the good ones. Some give up their personal lives in order to dedicate themselves to their work. Some hold childish grudges in their 30s. These are humans. And they are in this book.
- ending. Okay, don’t get scared, this is not THAT BAD. However, it ended far too good for me. The ending lacked a bit of that “life actually screws you over IRL and it only looks good on paper” vibe that the entire book had. If you read it, which I urge you do, you’ll know what I mean
Do I recommend this one? Absolutely. I loved it all, I will read it again and I will push it in the face of every single person I know. I pray it will be translated in Romanian so I can install myself at the corner of the busiest street and throw it at every passing person. I AM that dedicated :D.
This book will be published on the 6th of February next year so I am telling you, save your money, mark it up on your calendar and write it down that 4 months from now you will take a trip to your bookstore.