The Advent Killer
Penguin Books Australia
At first they said it was coincidence.
Number one drowned; number two beaten to death. But when a third woman is murdered at exactly one a.m. on a third consecutive Sunday, DCI Antonia Hawkins finds herself on the hunt for a cold, careful killer whose victims seem to be chosen at random.
As public panic spreads in the weeks before Christmas, Hawkins and her team have to stop a killer whose twisted motives can only be guessed at before another week brings another victim. When the clock strikes one . . .
Don’t be mistaken, this is NOT a cozy crime read!
The opening sequences are ghoulish and breathtaking! The voice of the villain in this narrative is particular loathsome and malignant, his rationale making sense only to himself.
This is an excellent debut crime novel and I think we are going to see more of DCI Hawkins and her team. There were elements in this book that reminded me of the early DCI Tennison character in the Prime Suspect series – Hawkins is another female detective fighting crime whilst simultaneously struggling to survive in a male dominated profession that is at constant odds with her position of power; sexism in the workplace is a strong subplot in this narrative. I wish her luck!