Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing Lost Souls by Chris Merritt. This was released on the 9th of February, published by Bookouture.
The child’s hair was neatly combed, his small hands bound together with white ribbon. His eyes were closed, the facial expression almost peaceful. Around his neck, a single dark line. He’d been strangled…
In a quiet church, on a busy London street, 12-year-old Donovan Blair is found dead, his body posed as if in prayer. Just hours ago, he was happily playing with his friends at school, but now his body is lifeless, and his killer is long gone.
Detective Dan Lockhart is working alone on his wife’s missing person’s case when he receives the call, and he rushes to the crime scene at St Mary’s Church immediately.
Bringing in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help profile the murderer, Dan is convinced that the killer has provided a clue by leaving the body in a prayer position. As they work together to unravel the twisted motives of the person responsible, another body is found. A 13-year-old girl, left in a different church, posed in exactly the same way.
Fearing the murderer may already have another child in his sights, Dan and Lexi work together to establish links between the two deaths, and soon discover that not only were both children in care – they had attended the same school. And when it emerges that Lexi has a connection to the school, things become difficult between her and Dan. How much can he tell Lexi about the case? And could she be at risk?
As Dan makes a breakthrough in the investigation, he receives devastating news about his wife, Jess. But with children’s lives at stake and Lexi in danger, Dan must put his personal emotions aside and chase the killer. Can he and Lexi work out who is behind the murders before another vulnerable child is taken?
This nail-biting crime book is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni. Once you pick up Lost Souls, you won’t be able to put it down!
We once again join Detective Dan Lockhart, where this time he’s faced with the awful choice of putting his energy into finding his missing wife or solving the murders of two vulnerable children. Can he catch the killer before they strike again and can he trust Dr Lexi Green who has a link to the murders through her new boyfriend. Dan has always come through for us in the past, but is this horrific situation the one that finally breaks him?
Chris Merritt is back with this 3rd instalment in the Detective Lockhart and Green series and this one just chills you right down to the bone! Its subject matter very dark and gets under your skin and what I enjoyed the most, it is not predictable. There are many players that could be the killer and plenty of twists and turns to take you off course, just when you think you have it figured out!
The leads and recurring cast in this series, as well as the new players in this book, are first class and just fantastic. Not one to play by the rules and who is one you wouldn’t want to mess with, Dan Lockhart is a formidable force that I love more and more with each book. He is one of a kind and is what makes this series one of the best out there. Lexi Green is another great character and I enjoy the working relationship she has with Dan.
As always Chris Merritt brings to the table a well plotted, thrilling tale that is perfectly written and expertly executed. It is so hard to tear yourself away when reading his work and daily life is put to side. What I loved in this book was how deep he goes into the killers mind, right down into the deepest part of their soul. As twisted as this sounds, my favourite parts of this book were when it was told through their point of view.
Lost Souls is a sinister and complex crime thriller that is gripping and very compelling. The level of suspense that is built up along the way with palpable tension, makes this such an heart pounding and thrilling read. I can’t wait to see where Chris Merritt takes the series next. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Lost Souls, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Chris Merritt, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Lost Souls which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Lost Souls Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Chris Merritt
Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.
All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.
Now he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.