Prey by James Carol – Blog Tour


Publication Date: Available Now from Faber

Source: Publisher Review Copy

Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?
Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.
The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything…

So the third in the Jefferson Winter series then, I’ve really enjoyed these and I have to say that from a personal point of view I think that Prey is my favourite so far.

In this instalment a mysterious woman accosts Jefferson in a cafe – challenging him in a way that he cannot ignore, he begins a journey into a past case that may have far reaching consequences.

A real page turner this one – I read it in two gulping sittings, in this case it was not Jefferson I was interested in so much as it was our enigmatic female “bad guy”  I LOVED her, so much so that often I wanted her to win. Well occasionally anyway. Even Jefferson is having trouble getting a handle on things and this makes for some great moments as he attempts to make sense of the unimaginable.

I love a good “profiler” story and James Carol’s series is a cut above when it comes to pure readability and for characters that always leave you desperate for more. Jefferson is a marvellously drawn character, usually he’s right on the ball so it was actually fascinating to see him having issues. As for our appearing/disappearing lady, never knowing when she was going to suddenly appear made for some edge of the seat moments, with a very real possibility that Jefferson had met his match.

The mystery element is, as always, intelligent and compelling, lovely twisty turny goodness as things progress and more information comes to light. Keeping you off kilter as far as what may happen next is one of the strengths of this particular author and with “Prey” it is beautifully done.

Overall then a most terrific read. I simply cannot WAIT for the next one.

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