Adventures in Books… Dead Gone

Dead Gone

Dead Gone by Luca Veste

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous unethical and deadly psychological experiments.

When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they’re chasing a killer unlike any they’ve hunted before – one who doesn’t just want their bodies, but wants their minds.

With a series of psychological twists, Dead Gone will chill readers to the bone, and keep them guessing until the very end. 

Utterly gripping and perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham, Luca Veste has succeeded in weaving a darkly sinister world within the streets and educational institutions of his hometown.

“The young girl you have found isn’t the first experiment I’ve carried out. She won’t be the last.”

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book through GoodReads and I’m glad to say I really enjoyed it.

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The story is about a police officer put on his first murder case after a tragic event. The case revolves around a kidnapper who is leaving bodies about the city of Liverpool and telling of the psychological experiments he is performing. I was intrigued by this premise. I did not know that real experience had gone on in the past that would now be considered extremely unethical, so it was fascinating, but also awful to read about.

This book is a standard crime novel by my reckoning, but there is nothing wrong with that. I liked the set up and there are a few twists along the way to keep the reader guessing. I love a book that allows me to guess and be wrong, then follow the workings out of the main character to find the real culprit and this book did that. I thought I knew who it was, but I was wrong.

The only part of the book I found frustrating, but understand that it was building the story and getting to know the characters before unveiling, was the tragic event of David Murphy’s past. This was mentioned very early on, but not spoken about until well into the book. I find this type of revealing very frustrating, especially when it gets mentions vaguely a number of times. Also I could tell this was important to the story. Once it was revealed I found I understood the character a better, especially behaviours or thoughts we are let into when we are seeing his point of view.

The pace of the book was very good. It’s set over a couple of weeks, but kept me engaged and felt realistic. The insight we gain into the killers way of thinking both in the form of letters and occasionally from their point of view. It was very sinister and creepy and really added to the story. Also having a few chapters from the point of views of the victims was also scary. It puts the reader in that place and although I would be unable to imagine the full horrors someone would go through it was not nice to think about.

Overall I thought this book was a good crime novel and sometimes too realistic for my liking. I enjoyed the pace and the story and now I’ve been introduced the character I would be interested to read more that includes him after this debut novel.  My main comparison for crime novels are Kathy Reichs and I enjoyed it like I would reading one of her novels. I would definitely recommend this book to friends.

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