A policeman on his first murder case
A tattoo artist with a deadly secret
And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again…
When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like the back of her hand, but has her own reasons to distrust the police. So when she identifies the killer’s next target, will she tell Sullivan or go after the Tattoo Thief alone?
The Tattoo Thief is a pacy and addictive thriller that I read all in one go – it is dark and quite brutal with an excellent twisty plot and some intriguing characters.
I liked Marni, tattoo artist, who gets caught up in a serial killer case despite her best efforts to stay out of it and the mystery elements are well plotted to keep things unexpected. It is gripping and often darkly violent, descriptively this is not for the faint of heart.
We get a glimpse into the world of the Tattoo artist, which was fascinating, the author also does a good job of looking at prejudice and politics – often unsettling, The Tattoo Thief is one of those books that can affect your dreams, the imagery staying with you long after finishing it.
I really enjoyed it – an addictive crime thriller for those upcoming cold dark nights.
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