Carl and Theodore Tate were the officers on the Slaughterhouse scene, 15 years ago. They witnessed the awful crime on the young victim, Jessica. Theo is an overly compassionate underdog, rough around the edges, but I had to love him. He is a PI after serving time in jail and being dismissed from the homicide division of the Christchurch New Zealand police force. Carl stayed on the force and worked his way up.
Theo finds himself back on a new killing scene. A new killer is stalking the streets of Christchurch. While the police search for the link to Jessica's death and where the killer, Caleb Cole, can be found, four more murders take place. The author introduces you to the reason the killer does what he does.
Theo's wife is catatonic and lives in a nursing home. This complicates Theo's life even more.
The book moves fast for a thriller. The author did some fabulous writing. You are left believing the killer wants justice as much as Tate does. I felt that Carl and Theo had a wonderful friendship.
I recommend this book to anyone above the age of 16 (parental approval, of course).
I would give this book 4.5 STARS.
The cover I give 4 STARS. It might just give readers the chills.
From the internationally bestselling author of Blood Men and Collecting Cooper comes an unforgettable new thriller featuring private detective Theodore Tate.
Theodore Tate never forgot his first crime scene—ten year-old Jessica Cole found dead in “the Laughterhouse,” an old abandoned slaughterhouse with the “S” painted over. The killer was found and arrested. Justice was served. Or was it?
Fifteen years later, a new killer arrives in Christchurch, and he has a list of people who were involved in Jessica’s murder case, one of whom is the unfortunate Dr. Stanton, a man with three young girls.
If Tate is going to help them, he has to find the connection between the killer, the Laughterhouse, and the city’s suddenly growing murder rate. And he needs to figure it out fast, because Stanton and his daughters have been kidnapped, and the doctor is being forced to make an impossible decision: which one of his daughters is to die first.