This is the second book I’ve read in my attempt to get my physical tbr down and beat the backlog of books I’ve got.
Title: My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland
Date Published: 2nd November 2017
Genre: Crime Thriller
Can a group of true crime addicts take on the police to catch a serial killer?
A young woman is found dead in her bedroom surrounded by rose petals – the latest victim of ‘The Lover’. Struggling under the weight of an internal investigation, DI Dominic Bell is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer and time is running out.
As the murders escalate, Clementine Starke joins an online true crime group determined to take justice in to their own hands – to catch the killer before the police. Hiding a dark secret, she takes greater risks to find new evidence and infiltrate the group.
As Starke and Bell get closer to cracking the case neither of them realise they’re being watched. The killer is closer to them than they think, and he has his next victim – Clementine – firmly in his sights.
I remember picking this book up back in 2018 at Harrogate crime festival. I did not know Stephanie Marland also wrote under the name Steph Broadribb, whose books I’m familiar with, so that was a pleasant surprise!
My Little Eye is such a well-written book, mixing a bit of police procedural with psychological thriller to make an addictive crime thriller.
The story is told from two perspectives: DI Dominic Bell, aka Dom, and Clementine. Both are likable, but there is an edge to them, troubled in their own ways. Dom is in charge of investigating three young women’s deaths by a serial known as The Lover, but with no leads and no evidence, he’s getting nowhere fast. His personal life is not helping either. Unable to remember an undercover operation gone wrong, he doesn’t know who he can or can’t trust. Clementine is haunted by events from her past, intent on proving that amateur detectives like herself and the online group she’s part of can better the police.
The amateur crime fighters versus the police brought an interesting dynamic to the story, which is usually a bit of trope in the cozy mystery genre, but I enjoyed seeing it used in a more gritty and realistic way.
I will say I was a bit underwhelmed by the killer reveal, but that was just a minor thing overall.
I’m happy to say that there’s a second book in the series, You die next, so I will definitely add it to my wishlist!
About The Author:
Stephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. She’s an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com. Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books.