TO CATCH A KILLER by Nele Neuhaus
My Rating: 💙💙💙 (Liked it)
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
A tightly plotted crime thriller with surprise twists at every turn and a story that reads as though its ripped from the headlines . . .
Detective Pia Kirchhoff is about to leave on her long-delayed honeymoon when she hears that a woman has been shot while out walking her dog. Then more long-range shootings swiftly follow, and it becomes clear that a highly trained serial killer is on the loose. The victims seem to have just one thing in common: they were all good people with apparently no enemies. So why are they dead?
As fear of the Taunus Sniper grows among local residents, all leave is cancelled for the Frankfurt police department as they are put on red alert.
The pressure is on Kirchhoff and her colleague, Oliver von Bodenstein, to find the killer before he can tick another name off his hit list.
This is the first book by Nele Neuhaus that I have read. When I picked up this book I didn’t realise that it was part of a series, and that this was actually book 4. It didn’t really matter that I haven’t read the previous books.
I have mixed feelings about this book. the opening chapter starts off gripping, but as I read on I found there were some slow parts which made the book feel a bit drawn out. While reading I also struggled with the pronunciations of some of the character’s names like Bodenstein.
On the positive side I liked how Neuhaus describes each murder in detail. I also liked the description of the reactions from the victims’ relatives.
Beware there are a lot, I mean a lot of characters to remember and at times I kept mixing them up. Even so I found most of them likeable, although I did find the profiler a bit annoying.
Overall I liked this book, but it could have been better.
I haven’t gone into detail about the storyline in this review as it was a bit difficult to do so without giving too much away.