Good morning readers!
I trust you all had a good weekend.
Here is my critique of The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer. 😉
Jack the Ripper meets the ABC Murders. That is how I would describe this riveting read.
The novel is both sinister and gory from the start. The killer takes his first victim in the first few pages and we quickly get a feel for his creepy nature as he promises to find his next victim soon. It is brilliant insight into the mind of a serial killer.
The other protagonist of the book is Eve Singer. Unusually for a crime novel, the main character is a journalist reporting the crimes rather than a detective trying to solve them. I really enjoyed the depth of character created by Bauer as well as the interesting mix of crime fiction and literary fiction. The reader gets a lot of detail of the inner thoughts of the main characters and how they become tangled together throughout the book.
The Killer sees his crimes as being exhibitions so he puts up flyers stating where and when the next crime will take place so that he can gather an audience to his crime. Like the probable real Jack the Ripper, Walter Sickert, the Killer is an artist and sees his crimes as being works of art for all to enjoy. He is a psychopath.
The book was sometimes far too gory for me but it was a riveting read all the same.
Bye for now!