Another instalment in the Roy Grace series has hit the shelves. Love You Dead is every much the gripping thriller that you would have come to expect from this talented crime novelist. If you haven’t read any of his previous works, worry not. Love You Dead is very much a stand-alone novel and will keep you captivated from the first line.
"The two lovers peered out of the hotel bedroom window, smiling with glee, but each for a very different reason."
The book cover did a fabulous job of encapsulating the gist of the story, so I will let you read it here for yourself.
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life -- to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple; you can earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect...
And so she's on a mission. To find "mister right" who will help her check off her list of things she wants in life:
1. An apartment in New York. A villa on Lake Como 2. Private jets, so I never have to take my f***&^ shoes off again in an airport. 3. Enough money never to have to work again.....
She thinks of herself as a woman of simple tastes. At the start of the book, she's engaged toan elderly American who has written her into his will. They are on a skiing vacation. And, you can only imagine what happens next.
As the widow strikes once too many times, alarm bells start to go off. She thinks she’s clever, and she is. But things start to catch up to her. As her patterns are becoming increasingly duplicated and suspicious, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is on the case. Her venomous bites are starting to sting deep. She's also becoming increasingly greedy. What she has, just isn’t enough. So, she feels the implication to keep on perfecting her techniques.
Short chapters make Love You Dead enticingly edible that you keep on taking bites out of the novel, morsel by morsel. It seems to be a common theme in suspense books classified as page-turners. It taunts the reader, to read just one more chapter, once a chapter is over. This is a big book, 437 pages in total; but one of those books that you’ll never regret wasting your time reading.
It is ultimately a believable, and captivating psychological thriller deftly crafted by Peter James.
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Love You Dead is published by Pan MacMillan, and distributed in Canada by PGC Books.