Girl 4 by Will Carver #review

Detective Inspector January David has always put his professional before his private life, but the two worlds are about to clash horrifically as he visits his latest crime scene. He is confronted by a lifeless figure suspended ten feet above a theatre stage, blood pouring from her face into a coffin below. This gruesome execution is the work of an elusive serial killer.

Three women from three different London suburbs, each murdered with elaborate and chilling precision. And as January stares at the most beautiful corpse he’s ever seen, he detects the killer’s hallmark.

But Girl 4 is different: she is alive – barely. And January recognises her…

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It’s not often that you read a book that is just so completely different to all of the others in the same genre. Not an easy thing to do, as most stories do seem to follow a similar plot or style, no matter how original they might think they are.

So imagine my surprise when I finally sat down to read Will Carver‘s Girl 4, the first of a series of supernatural serial killer novels featuring DI January David, and discovered that it was possibly the most unusual and unputdownable novel of its ilk?! Why have I not read this before?! Where have I been?!

What I liked:

  • several characters written in convincingly unique 1st person POV
  • a prose style that is sparse yet intelligent, witty and dark
  • completely satisfying twists
  • *contains magic*
… and it is just so damn clever.

Will Carver: I salute you.

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