The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows: A gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat
The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows: A gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat by Marnie Riches
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Men are being killed but they aren’t the sort of men who many people would grieve over; men who prey on small children and who steal them from right under their parents’ noses. George Mackenzie and Paul van den Bergen are once again on the trail of the murderers but this time, it looks as if the murderers might be turning the tables!

I found the start of this book very strange as no mention was made of the fact that van den Bergen was apparently almost dead at the end of the last one. He now appears to have leapt out of bed with a massive scar, none the worse for his ordeal, and with no explanation of his miraculous recovery. This really did confuse me and I think it does set the scene of the tone of the rest of the book.

This is another interesting novel involving George investigating serial killers and people who prey on the vulnerable but this one focuses much more on her relationship with her family which, although I did find interesting, I don’t think should have suddenly taken place in this book – I would have liked to see it slowly develop over the three.

I also found the ending rather odd and not in keeping with the spirit of the rest of the novels and I did wonder why it was left in this way – perhaps to open the door for book 4? In which case, I am not sure, again, that this was done for the benefit of the reader or for the development of the characters and again, this did detract from my enjoyment of the novel itself.

All in all, I have enjoyed this series but I found this one the least enjoyable and I hope that there won’t be any more – or at least if they are, that they are more standalone and less dependent on the same unlikely events repeating again.

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