Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting my review of the last instalment in the “DI Callanach” series: ‘Perfect Kill’ by Helen Fields! I’ve followed this series from the beginning, and I can safely say that it is my favourite crime series. I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for this book – you can find that here. So, keep reading to discover my thoughts…
He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.
Alone, trapped in the darkness and with no way out, Bart Campbell knows that his chances of being found alive are slim.
Drugged and kidnapped, the realisation soon dawns that he’s been locked inside a shipping container far from his Edinburgh home. But what Bart doesn’t yet know is that he’s now heading for France where his unspeakable fate is already sealed…
DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are working on separate cases that soon collide as it becomes clear that the men and women being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked into Scotland.
With so many lives at stake, they face an impossible task – but there’s no option of failure when Bart and so many others will soon be dead…
** TRIGGER WARNING ** Explores the theme of human trafficking in great detail, including explicit descriptions of sexual assault, rape and prostitution. This novel includes graphic scenes of murder, and goes into great detail about all the grizzly details of the murder cases. Domestic violence, on both an emotional and physical level, is described throughout the novel. Criminal operations in relation to organ donation are explored in great detail. The theme of abduction and kidnapping is also explored throughout the novel.
‘Perfect Kill’ (February 2020) is the 6th book in the “DI Callanach” series, following on from ‘Perfect Remains’ (January 2017), ‘Perfect Prey’ (July 2017), ‘Perfect Death’ (January 2018), ‘Perfect Silence’ (August 2018) and ‘Perfect Crime’ (April 2019). Fields studied Law and then practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. She then went on to run a film production company called Wailing Banshee Ltd. with her husband, before pursuing writing.
The series has received rave reviews, from the likes of Closer: “With nail-biting twists at every turn, [the series] will have readers gripped from start to finish”, Woman’s Way Magazine: “Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read” and Saga Magazine: “Genuinely chilling”. Fellow authors have also praised the series, such as Caroline Mitchell: “Deliciously dark and gritty” and Paul Finch: “A fast and enthralling [series]”.
‘Perfect Kill’ follows detectives Luc Callanach and Ava Turner as they work to solve a series of gruesome murders in both Edinburgh and France. Luc is stationed in France and Ava is working in Edinburgh. But they soon begin to realise that both cases are connected, and they’ll need to work together to save further victims.
The narrative is told in the third-person throughout, with different sections/chapters focusing on different characters. The reader is able to gain an insight into the detectives’ investigation, as well as the victims’ last thoughts and the acts of the killings. The reader is able to learn a lot about all of the characters within the novel.The narrative method is objective and distanced at times, but is also up-close and personal at some points.
The two main characters in the novel, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner, have a lot of history together. But they must learn to put their differences, and their past, behind them, and focus solely on working together to solve this series of gruesome murders. Fields delves into the personal lives of both characters, as they struggle with events occurring outside of work as well as in work. Both characters are excellently-written and, as in past books in the series, I really enjoyed reading all about the development of both the individual characters, and their joint relationship.
** TRIGGER WARNING ** (I apologise for any spoilers here.) This novel explores the theme of human trafficking in great detail, including explicit descriptions of sexual assault, rape and prostitution. Fields clearly put a lot of time and effort into researching this topic, as the human trafficking and prostitution elements are extremely detailed. This novel includes graphic scenes of murder, and goes into great detail about all the grizzly details of the murder cases. Domestic violence, on both an emotional and physical level, is described throughout the novel. Criminal operations in relation to organ donation are explored in great detail, and again, this topic is excellently researched and depicted by Fields. Finally, the theme of abduction and kidnapping is also explored throughout the novel. All of these issues are explored with appropriate sensitivity, but if you feel that any of these issues may trigger a negative response, I suggest you skip this book.
As the narrative motors onwards, tension and suspense continues to rise. Callanach and Turner make multiple discoveries and breakthroughs within their cases – which end up being much more connected than they originally thought. They both put themselves in extremely dangerous situations in order to solve the crimes. Will they be able to save the next victim(s) before its too late?
So, let’s talk about the ending! There’s a final dramatic scene, in which both Callanach and Turner risk their lives for the good of others. They must work around the clock and focus all of their efforts on solving this case. The end scene is jam-packed full of action and violence – I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I really enjoyed the ending, and felt that all the events were tied together brilliantly.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to all of you crime lovers out there, particularly if you enjoy reading about dark topics i.e. human trafficking, prostitution, organ donation. I was so impressed with the amount of research and detail that went into this book, and I felt that I learnt a lot about hidden crimes within today’s society. Once again, the characters are excellently-written, and the plot is sensational. Be warned, this book is very gruesome – however, if you can handle that, I believe you will really enjoy this book. I can’t wait for the next in the series!
Happy reading 🙂