Title: The Fourth Victim by John Mead
Genre: Police Procedural
Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…
Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with fatal head injuries, down to a mugging gone wrong. The victim deserves more. However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.
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I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this book birthday blitz and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The story opens with the murder of a young woman while out jogging. It becomes tied to another case where a woman was killed in the same way but what links the two victims? One was a drug addict, the other on the verge of going to university.
When a third woman’s body is found it’s up to DI Matthew Merry and DS Julie Lukulu to find the murderer before they claim their fourth victim.
The Fourth Victim is a solid police procedural with realistic characters and some really heartbreaking scenes.
There is also a theme of mental health running through the book, it also highlights the lack of funding/time that is spent on those suffering from mental illness in Britain. I could get on my soap box about this but I don’t think it’s quite the place in this review.
I have to be honest, while I found them both intriguing, I didn’t warm to the two main police officers, Merry and Lukula, all that much which was a bit of a shame. Also there were several different points of view in each chapter which were not as clearly defined as I would have liked.
The Fourth Victim is an intense police procedural with a great pace and plenty of intrigue.
About The Author:
John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.
He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.
John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.
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