Splinter in the Blood

Splinter in the Blood A propulsive debut suspense novel filled with secrets nerve jangling tension perplexing mystery and cold blooded murder in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutal

  • Title: Splinter in the Blood
  • Author: Ashley Dyer
  • ISBN: 0062797719
  • Page: 152
  • Format: ebook
  • A propulsive debut suspense novel, filled with secrets, nerve jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened and who did it.After months of hunting a cold blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer A propulsive debut suspense novel, filled with secrets, nerve jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened and who did it.After months of hunting a cold blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for help, she s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints.But Carver isn t dead.Awakening in the hospital, Carver has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer Though there s no evidence to support his claim, Carver insists the attack is retaliation, an attempt to scare the detective off the psychopath s scent, because he s getting too close Trapped in a hospital bed and still very weak, Carver s obsession grows He s desperate to get back to work and finally nail the bastard, before innocent blood is spilled.One person knows the truth and she s not telling She s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates It doesn t matter that Carver and the rest of the force are counting on her, and that victims lives at stake Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she ll cross every line sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life to keep it from surfacing.Utterly engrossing and filled with masterfully crafted surprises, Splinter in the Blood is a propulsive roller coaster ride, filled with deception, nerve jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold blooded murder Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 304 pages Published June 12th 2018 by William Morrow More Details ISBN 0062797719 ISBN13 9780062797711 Series Carver and Lake 1 Other Editions 21 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Splinter in the Blood, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I really want to read this book it was recommended to me by Linda Strong, and since we both enjoy reading dark psychological crime thrillers, I have been searching to see where I can get it Any ideas where I can find this book to read on my Kindle and then post my review Not on NetGalley or like 8 months ago See all 3 answers Penny I got mine from my public library in ABQ flag See 1 question about Splinter in the Blood Lists with This Book Mystery Thriller 2018 283 books 388 voters June 2018 Buzz Books 92 books 46 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 07, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley, thriller This is a intense blend of psychological thriller and police procedural set in Liverpool Aside from a hunt for a sociopath serial killer, known as the Thorn Killer, there is the mystery and intrigue of the relationship between DCI Greg Carver and DS Ruth Lake, underpinned by distrust, lies, secrets and deception Carver is the lead investigator of the killer who has tortured and killed 5 women, tattooing them painfully using a thorn as the stylus, experimenting with differing inks mixed with a This is a intense blend of psychological thriller and police procedural set in Liverpool Aside from a hunt for a sociopath serial killer, known as the Thorn Killer, there is the mystery and intrigue of the relationship between DCI Greg Carver and DS Ruth Lake, underpinned by distrust, lies, secrets and deception Carver is the lead investigator of the killer who has tortured and killed 5 women, tattooing them painfully using a thorn as the stylus, experimenting with differing inks mixed with a variety of plant poisons Carver falls apart after the fifth victim, Kara Grogan, is chosen because of her strong resemblance to his wife, Emma, and is found deliberately posed, wearing her earrings He is separated from Emma, binge drinking, running a case which he documents officially at work conscientiously, but which is entirely fictitious, whilst at home he has his real investigation notes.The story opens with DS Ruth Lake tampering with a crime scene where Carver has been shot, removing the gun and the private case notes Lake is ex CSI forensic investigator turned detective, she can read people, and can determine when she is being lied to and maintains an impressive calm impassivity in her efforts to get to the truth Thanks to Lake, Carver survives, but his memory is shot to pieces and he cannot recall the events surrounding his shooting, although he is less than forthcoming about what he does know Lake and Carver lie to each other, as Ruth picks up the trail for the serial killer as she digs deep into the life of Kara and the other victims The murder of businesswoman Adela Faraday begins to reveal connections with the hospitalised Carver and some of his secrets Carver begins to recover the occasional memory as he and Ruth continue their investigation to uncover the killer In the meantime, the macabre killer begins to focus on Ruth, whose life becomes endangered This is a intelligent serial killer, highly manipulative, completely obsessed by accessing the secrets of the victims, the lives they keep secret from their families and others.This is a disturbing and unsettling read, with its fascinating and flawed protagonists whose lives and relationship with each other is mired in darkness So much so that the serial killer s interest in them is inevitable, and it makes for compulsive and compelling reading The author has created a mentally unhinged and controlling killer whose behaviour and thinking gets under your skin and creeps you out, particularly given the atmosphere of menace that pervades the novel I am not sure if this is the first in a series, but I really hope we get to renew our acquaintance with Carver and Lake, they make an unusually gripping pair in crime fiction An absorbing and entertaining read that had me appreciating the author s skills in plotting and characterisation Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC flag 66 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 29, 2018 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves edelweiss librarything, edelweiss read 2018 Just WOW What a story What a ride This debut novel blew me away Hopefully this is only the first in a long series.Detective Greg Carver is on the trail of a serial killer The Thorn Killer This killer grabs woman and spends days and days tattooing their bodies with a thorn, filled with poison So far there have been 5 victims with no evident connection.Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Detective Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for he Just WOW What a story What a ride This debut novel blew me away Hopefully this is only the first in a long series.Detective Greg Carver is on the trail of a serial killer The Thorn Killer This killer grabs woman and spends days and days tattooing their bodies with a thorn, filled with poison So far there have been 5 victims with no evident connection.Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Detective Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for help, she s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean She s also removed the gun she finds next to him.But Carver isn t dead Upon awakening in the hospital, Carver can t remember what happened He has a vague memory of Ruth standing over him with a gun Did she shoot him One person knows the truth and she s not telling She s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she ll cross every line sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life to keep it from surfacing.I was hooked from the very first page drew me in like a magnet There are so many elements to this story some professional, some personal I loved the characters The interaction between Carver and Lake runs the gamut of emotionsger, sadness, and when they start lying to each other, you have to wonder if the friendship they have will survive.There are several secondary characters that I really hope return in a future book I would love to know their back stories.The suspense starts on page 1 and never lets up There are many twists and turns and surprises around every corner The ending was so unexpected and explosive I never saw it coming.Many thanks to the author William Morrow Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy of this fantastic crime fiction Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 43 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 20, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it review of another edition I am unsure whether this is pegged to be the start of a new series, but I really hope so because I thoroughly enjoyed it I found the main characters to be divisively engaging and the dark undertone to the plot really did get under my skin.I liked this one for the way it was told we start with a detective shot and his sergeant standing over him but did she shoot him If so why That is the question and instead of going back in time we go forward, day by day, as he lies in the hospital and s I am unsure whether this is pegged to be the start of a new series, but I really hope so because I thoroughly enjoyed it I found the main characters to be divisively engaging and the dark undertone to the plot really did get under my skin.I liked this one for the way it was told we start with a detective shot and his sergeant standing over him but did she shoot him If so why That is the question and instead of going back in time we go forward, day by day, as he lies in the hospital and she continues to instigate a cover up.This is a serial killer thriller that has an intriguing bad guy the mode of death is the type which feels horrific the you actually think about it The two investigations, that into the killer and that into the shooting of one of our main protagonists move forward side by side There are plenty of twists and turns to be had, both in event and character, overall it was a proper page turner of a read and very well written, giving a fresh feel to proceedings even whilst following the best tropes of the crime thriller.Overall yes, I approve More please.Recommended flag 17 likesLike see review Jun 14, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 Splinter in the Blood starts off strong with a woman covering up a crime scene Why is Ruth Lake covering up a crime scene at home of her partner, Detective Greg Carver And what will happen next Reading this book feels a bit like starting to watch a movie in the middle or on a random page start a book Not that the book has that confusing feeling Instead, it feels like you are in the middle of an investigation and you get to know about what happened before as the story progresses.Now I wa Splinter in the Blood starts off strong with a woman covering up a crime scene Why is Ruth Lake covering up a crime scene at home of her partner, Detective Greg Carver And what will happen next Reading this book feels a bit like starting to watch a movie in the middle or on a random page start a book Not that the book has that confusing feeling Instead, it feels like you are in the middle of an investigation and you get to know about what happened before as the story progresses.Now I want to say that one thing is a bit of a downer with this book It was pretty easy to figure out who the serial killer is True, the author throws out some red herrings, but I had my eyes set on a person quite early one, and then I just had to wait to find out if I was right And I was btw This actually was both a blessing and a curse I mean, I like to be surprised and I was never surprised by reading this book, on the other hand, do I like feeling like I m one or two step ahead in the story Another thing is that I can t say that this book is in any way successful It was interesting, a perfectly alright crime novel, and I would definitely read in this series I especially liked Carver s new talent after he wakes up after being shot Hopefully, the next book will take me by surprise and get my pulse raising I want to thank William Morrow for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review flag 21 likesLike see review Jun 27, 2018 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc Hot damn I do so love a debut novel that keeps me guessing RIGHT TIL THE VERY END I legitimately had no idea who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed Ashley Dyer is the pen name of Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper in their debut book written together Gotta say, I absolutely loved it.The intricacy of why the Thorn Killer is named the Thorn Killer and how the victims are killed absolutely fascinated me I won t go into details as this is all slowly revealed throughout the cou Hot damn I do so love a debut novel that keeps me guessing RIGHT TIL THE VERY END I legitimately had no idea who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed Ashley Dyer is the pen name of Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper in their debut book written together Gotta say, I absolutely loved it.The intricacy of why the Thorn Killer is named the Thorn Killer and how the victims are killed absolutely fascinated me I won t go into details as this is all slowly revealed throughout the course of the novel Carver and Ruth both have their own issues and are clearly flawed I m still unsure how I feel about Carver but Ruth she s got spunk, pizzazz and isn t afraid to go against the grain I absolutely adore her.I actually did not even pay attention to the fact that this was the first in a series until after I turned that last page and thought to myself, Self, but what happens now Ruth has all those and Carver still needs to I need information please Then I saw it was a series and sighed a bit of relief I m really looking forward to learning about Carver and Ruth and seeing what happens to them ahead.I did think there were some parts that lulled, but quite honestly, that s because I ve been working 10 12 hour days and my mind is mush Then I would encounter parts where I was struggling to stay awake to read Ultimately, this one really perked my serial killer love DYING FOR MORE DYER.Thank you to William Morrow Books for this copy 3 flag 11 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jun 26, 2018 KC rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, suspense, series, serial killer In the first of a new series, partners Greg Carver and Ruth Lake have been chipping away for months on a case dubbed the Thorn Killer , where female victims have been tattooed with thorns and poisonous ink After Carver ends up shot in the chest, presumably by this psycho, Ruth must continue to work every angle hoping to catch a sadistic killer before any other victims are claimed This a well done slow boil police procedural for those who have enjoyed Tana French or Tess Gerritsen flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 28, 2018 debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves overdrive 4 5 s I really enjoyed this one It was great on audio Paromjit wrote an excellent review for this title Read it flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 24, 2018 LJ rated it really liked it Shelves contemporary_post_1945, england, female_author, mystery, police_procedural, william_morrow First Sentence A woman stands in the middle of Detective Chief Inspector Greg Carver s sitting room.Detective Greg Carter has been shot and critically wounded in his own home leaving him hospitalized and with amnesia Fearing it may have been a suicide attempt, his friend and colleague, rearranges the scene and wipes it of fingerprints But was it Or was Carver shot by the target of months of investigation the Thorn Killer, who kidnaps and tattoos women with a poisonous ink causing them to di First Sentence A woman stands in the middle of Detective Chief Inspector Greg Carver s sitting room.Detective Greg Carter has been shot and critically wounded in his own home leaving him hospitalized and with amnesia Fearing it may have been a suicide attempt, his friend and colleague, rearranges the scene and wipes it of fingerprints But was it Or was Carver shot by the target of months of investigation the Thorn Killer, who kidnaps and tattoos women with a poisonous ink causing them to die slowly and in great pain While Carver is fighting to recover, Ruth violates every rule while searching for the killer.What an interesting approach One may believe the shooter is obvious, but are they right Then there is the aspect of our knowing the thoughts of the Thorn Killer The author provides an excellent way of presenting a lot of questions, and compels one to continue reading in order to know the answers.There are wonderful lines which can make one smile It s hard not to enjoy the reference to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Ruth s remembering Singularity is almost invariably a clue Dyer, pen name for the writing team of Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper, leaves one wondering when she takes one down a new path The introduction of a third internal voice is neatly done.The author covers the forensic information well She explains it in terms that are easily understood but not patronizing The consideration given to the toxicologist is a very nice touch It is also a good reminder as to which garden plants are best avoided.In a way, one can t help but be relieved when a truth is revealed Still, it adds a new set of questions Dyer is very good at keeping the reader off balance However, that she has given each of the protagonists a special ability is a bit contrived, but both abilities do exist and are real Dyer addresses the issue faced by women today Maybe she should have been conciliatory, but sleepless nights and the daily graft involved in presenting an armor plated front to the alpha males who would have her job given the chance wearied her beyond exhaustion At the same time, Dyer doesn t dwell on it or beat the issue of sexism to death.As an American, it is very interesting reading the details of the 1997 UK amendment to the Firearms Act which banned all automatic weapons as well as handguns smaller than 60 centimeters Dyer also goes into detail about cognitive interviewing The information provides reference and insight fascinating and is done in such a way that it doesn t bog down the plot.When the suspense kicks in, it comes on fast It is gripping and moves one to the edge of one s seat There is not stopping now, and it all builds to a very well done climax Splinter in the Blood is an extremely good debut with well done details and a cracking ending.SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD Pol Proc DS Ruth Lake Det Greg Carver England Contemp G Dyer, Ashley 1st book Wm Morrow July 2018 flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 25, 2018 Elaine Tomasso rated it it was amazing I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Splinter in the Blood, a police procedural featuring DCI Geg Carver and DS Ruth Lake of Liverpool police.The novel opens with a bang, almost literally, with Ruth removing a gun and cases files from Greg s house while he lies dead from a gunshot wound in his chest until she realises he isn t dead With Greg rushed to hospital Ruth is left to lie to the investigating officers about these events and carry on with I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Splinter in the Blood, a police procedural featuring DCI Geg Carver and DS Ruth Lake of Liverpool police.The novel opens with a bang, almost literally, with Ruth removing a gun and cases files from Greg s house while he lies dead from a gunshot wound in his chest until she realises he isn t dead With Greg rushed to hospital Ruth is left to lie to the investigating officers about these events and carry on with the Thorn Killer investigation they have been pursuing for a year where 5 young women have been killed after being held for weeks and covered in bizarre tattoos I thoroughly enjoyed Splinter in the Blood and couldn t put it down At the heart of it is Greg s reckless lifestyle and his now faulty memories about that night but it equally about Ruth s belief in him and her determination to discover what happened to him despite being barred from the investigation, while still working on the Thorn Killer case She s a bit of a one woman band but it works really well I really like that the novel starts well into this latter case as it is a novel and unusual approach which again works really well.The writing and pacing are excellent I found myself hanging on to every word as the twists come fast and furiously but they all seem realistic as each discovery follows logically from the previous one Of course, Ruth has some special skills to help her on her way but they are grounded in fact so don t seem outrageous I also think that the police way of thinking is well portrayed with much disapproval of Ruth and Greg s maverick ways and a strong adherence to Occam s razor otherwise known as the bleeding obvious.The protagonists, Ruth and Greg, are immensely appealing Despite working closely for a year there is, initially, a distinct lack of trust between them with both lying through their teeth Ruth knows he s lying because she knows people and Greg knows she s lying because he appears to have developed synesthesia and can see people s auras Once they come clean with each other they can get on with the investigation, or rather Ruth can and Greg can try to remember.Splinter in the Blood may be another serial killer novel but it is well done and I love it I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 20, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves faves so far this year Like Doctor Who, acclaimed author Margaret Murphy has regenerated This time, Murphy has joined up with Helen Pepper in a brand new series, under the pen name Ashley Dyer For those of you who do not recognise the name Margaret Murphy, check out A D Garrett, her brilliant and compelling forensic crime series It is exciting to read Splinter in the Blood, from such an accomplished and talented crime writer.Splinter in the Blood follows the hunt for a serial killer The Thorn Killer tortures and Like Doctor Who, acclaimed author Margaret Murphy has regenerated This time, Murphy has joined up with Helen Pepper in a brand new series, under the pen name Ashley Dyer For those of you who do not recognise the name Margaret Murphy, check out A D Garrett, her brilliant and compelling forensic crime series It is exciting to read Splinter in the Blood, from such an accomplished and talented crime writer.Splinter in the Blood follows the hunt for a serial killer The Thorn Killer tortures and kills his victims, by slowly tattooing them with a thorn There is a strong emphasis on the forensics, as you would expect from Margaret Murphy and the psychological We get two rather quirky leads in DS Ruth Lake and her boss, DCI Greg Carver They have rather a bizarre relationship Both seem to have a problem with openness and honesty The intriguing opening scenes set the tone for the whole story We get Ruth Lake discovering Greg Carver has been shot and destroying crime scene evidence.This was such a disturbing read, on a few levels First of all, we don t have a clear understanding of Ruth s behaviour or can pinpoint her relationship with Carver for some time Ruth is covering up the truth about what happened to him She is lying to the Police She seems to be working to her own agenda We don t know why We also have a psychopath with a method of killing, that is something out of my nightmares The Thorn Killer couldn t have chosen a horrific way of slowly murdering someone Death by tattoo Blood poisoning Heart failure Extreme agony It made me feel nauseous Good show.I adored every word It was a breath of fresh air I was totally hooked I could imagine it all, playing out in my mind Brilliant Unmissable Colourful.Recommended flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 27, 2018 Carol rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Typical detective police mystery There was something about the writing that I just did not enjoy I felt we were just thrown into something without a good layout as to how the story got to where it was in the beginning The main character could have been likable if time was spent explaining who she is as a person Once I found out that Ashley Dyer is actually two authors writing together it made sense that the writing felt like things were missing missed connections in the story I wo Typical detective police mystery There was something about the writing that I just did not enjoy I felt we were just thrown into something without a good layout as to how the story got to where it was in the beginning The main character could have been likable if time was spent explaining who she is as a person Once I found out that Ashley Dyer is actually two authors writing together it made sense that the writing felt like things were missing missed connections in the story I would recommend for mystery fans though and I would be interested in following through to future books if this becomes a series flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 29, 2018 Chris Nolan rated it it was amazing Having read Margaret Murphy s books written as A D Garrett, I was very much looking forward to her new venture as Ashley Dyer, and it exceeded all expectations DS Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver are investigating the murders of five young women in Liverpool and a breakthrough seems close when Ruth finds Greg shot in his flat Both principal cops have interesting back stories and the plot is absolutely fascinating, full of twists and rapidly evolving I hope this is the first of a series flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 05, 2018 Jeanette added it Shelves abandoned No rating because I just DNF The writing style is too jumpy for me There a point of grasping the character s personality or some action event that I don t seem to grab before the next scene or slant comes along It just jars me Diminishes my interest incredibly I might try it again when I am in a peaceful and fully tolerant to tangents mode I won the copy and appreciate the chance.When I am introduced to new characters in a book 1 I think I just need time to focus on their parti No rating because I just DNF The writing style is too jumpy for me There a point of grasping the character s personality or some action event that I don t seem to grab before the next scene or slant comes along It just jars me Diminishes my interest incredibly I might try it again when I am in a peaceful and fully tolerant to tangents mode I won the copy and appreciate the chance.When I am introduced to new characters in a book 1 I think I just need time to focus on their particulars and within less trauma violence than is seated here flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 07, 2017 Monika rated it really liked it Shelves 2017 Jag tror jag gillade den h r boken redan efter bara n gra meningar Vi kastas r tt in i handlingen, in i en scen som kan betyda n stan vad som helst Jag gillar verkligen tvetydigheten h r Den s tter ig ng fantasin och v cker intresset, minst sagt L s mer p min blogg flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 19, 2018 Samantha rated it really liked it review of another edition Summary from After months of hunting a cold blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for help, she s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints.But Carver isn t dead.Awakening in the hospital, Carver has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer Though there s no evidence to support his cla Summary from After months of hunting a cold blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for help, she s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints.But Carver isn t dead.Awakening in the hospital, Carver has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer Though there s no evidence to support his claim, Carver insists the attack is retaliation, an attempt to scare the detective off the psychopath s scent, because he s getting too close Trapped in a hospital bed and still very weak, Carver s obsession grows He s desperate to get back to work and finally nail the bastard, before innocent blood is spilled.One person knows the truth and she s not telling She s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates It doesn t matter that Carver and the rest of the force are counting on her, and that victims lives at stake Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she ll cross every line sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life to keep it from surfacing My Thoughts How could I not want to read this book after that synopsis I mean seriously I felt like this book summary was written with my tastes in mind Dark, secretive main character where you don t know their true intentions Check Possibly unreliable main character with memory issues Check Page turning mystery where you don t fully know who to trust or what is going on Check, check, check I was sold on reading this one as soon as I read the above and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be This is just the type of thrilling mystery that I can t get enough of I was immediately intrigued from the very first page What actually happened to Greg Carver that night Why did Ruth compromise the crime scene and what is she hiding Those questions alone kept me reading and turning the pages as fast as I could It was just such a tangled mystery and I couldn t get enough Ruth was such a great main character to read about as I m a sucker for a main character with a secretive nature It just always seems to add to the suspense and tension in the book when you don t fully know the motivations behind the main character and their actions The mystery portion of this book was very well done and kept me guessing until the very end I found the last 100 or so pages made the book unputdownable for me no that s not a real word but it feels like it should be I could not stop reading and really didn t want to I m super excited that this looks to be the beginning a series Bring on the next book please Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book and am left really excited about this being the beginning to a new series There was just something so completely immersive about this book and my reading experience with it I couldn t stop reading and really didn t want to I found myself trying to figure out what was going on and why the entire time that I was reading I wasn t successful which made for a very page turning read I m really excited to see what these authors come up with next I think that readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers should give this book a try I can easily recommend it and really want book just like this one It felt like it was written for me and my reading tastes so what else could I possibly want Bottom Line A page turner that left me pining to read Disclosure I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher Thoughts are my own flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Villivonkansbooks rated it liked it review of another edition Ashley Dyer r en pseudonym f r f rfattaren Margaret Murphy och kriminalteknikern Helen Pepper Ristat i hud r deras f rsta bok om Greg Carver och Ruth Lake Det r en trov rdig polisroman f rfattarna har skrivit Det k nns som de m lar upp en faktisk bild av polisarbetet och dess olika karakt rer Inte s d r glamour s som m nga andra utan ett slitigt arbete som r sv rt Boken g r i l ngsamt tempo, lite v l l ngsamt f r min smak Hade nskat lite mer driv och tempo fram t i den Nu r boken is Ashley Dyer r en pseudonym f r f rfattaren Margaret Murphy och kriminalteknikern Helen Pepper Ristat i hud r deras f rsta bok om Greg Carver och Ruth Lake Det r en trov rdig polisroman f rfattarna har skrivit Det k nns som de m lar upp en faktisk bild av polisarbetet och dess olika karakt rer Inte s d r glamour s som m nga andra utan ett slitigt arbete som r sv rt Boken g r i l ngsamt tempo, lite v l l ngsamt f r min smak Hade nskat lite mer driv och tempo fram t i den Nu r boken ist llet ganska seg utom mot sluttampen d tempot kar ordentligt Boken k nns riktigt v lskriven och jag gillar duon Greg Ruth, de r intressanta karakt rer som jag vill se mer av Dock r det med viss m tt av besvikelse som jag sl r igen boken, dess j mf relse p framsidan med N r lammen tystnar satte ribban h gt f r mig Men den n dde inte riktigt dit flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 15, 2018 Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves partner read Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review Whenever a new crime series comes out I m always excited to be able to start from the beginning SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD is book one to the Carver and Lake series, and man, talk about a debut Ashley Dyer brings us a psychotic serial killer, gruesome murders, and a web of deceit as one detective tries her best to keep her secrets hidden.Detective Greg Carver is found shot in his own home, and he is found by his p Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review Whenever a new crime series comes out I m always excited to be able to start from the beginning SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD is book one to the Carver and Lake series, and man, talk about a debut Ashley Dyer brings us a psychotic serial killer, gruesome murders, and a web of deceit as one detective tries her best to keep her secrets hidden.Detective Greg Carver is found shot in his own home, and he is found by his partner, Ruth Lake Why was she there Why did she rearrange the crime scene, remove items, and wipe down all of the surfaces she touched They suspect this is the work of the serial killer, dubbed the Thorn Killer, that Carver has been hunting down By some kind of miracle, Carver survives, but when he wakes up in the hospital he has no memory of what happened.Now Ruth is lead investigator on the Thorn Killer case, but she is willing to risk everything to keep her secrets hidden Even if that means sacrificing her career, colleagues, and even victims What does she know What truly happened to her partner that night There are so many questions throughout this thriller and Dyer did a fantastic job pulling the reader along Despite being a 400 page book, I flew through it The short chapters and changing perspectives keep the pacing up and pages flipping We get to see through the eyes of Lake, Carver, and the Thorn Killer I am always a fan of diving into the minds of the serial killers in these types of books, especially when the killer has such a unique method of torturing their victims Tattooing them for days on end with a poisoned thorn The suspense will hit you from page one and not let up until the explosive ending I can t wait for for Dyer about Carver and Lake I give this 5 5 stars flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 01, 2018 Roxanne rated it really liked it Shelves physical library I can t wait to read with Carver and Lake flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 16, 2018 Anna Underground Broke The Camels Back rated it it was amazing There have been several attempts over the years to settle upon the rules of writing detective fiction One rule almost universally agreed on, although phrased differently by different people, is The truth of the problem must at all times be apparent provided the reader is shrewd enough to see it And herein lies the great joy of the whodunit sifting as you read, what is significant and what isn t, which are the genuine clues and which are the red herrings With Splinter In The Blood, Ashl There have been several attempts over the years to settle upon the rules of writing detective fiction One rule almost universally agreed on, although phrased differently by different people, is The truth of the problem must at all times be apparent provided the reader is shrewd enough to see it And herein lies the great joy of the whodunit sifting as you read, what is significant and what isn t, which are the genuine clues and which are the red herrings With Splinter In The Blood, Ashley Dyer pulls off a masterclass in the truth must be apparent she allows us to feel clever and insightful, ooo look at us spotting the relevant clues and working it all out, oh yes And then in the end she shows us that actually we re idiots Or maybe that s just me The truth was apparent all along, but I was too busy looking the other way.Full review flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 24, 2018 Kris My Novelesque Life rated it liked it Shelves edelweiss arc, series, fiction, mystery, suspense, police, britain SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD Carver and Lake 1 Written by Ashley Dyer Narrated by Piers Hampton 2018 William Morrow Harper Collins 400 pages Audio Length 12 hours and 48 minutes Genre series, fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, british Review Not on Blog RATING 3 STARS I have read listened to books longer than this one, but at times I felt like the book was never going to end I liked the novel, but it didn t wow me like it did other readers I went in thinking it was going to be something gr SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD Carver and Lake 1 Written by Ashley Dyer Narrated by Piers Hampton 2018 William Morrow Harper Collins 400 pages Audio Length 12 hours and 48 minutes Genre series, fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, british Review Not on Blog RATING 3 STARS I have read listened to books longer than this one, but at times I felt like the book was never going to end I liked the novel, but it didn t wow me like it did other readers I went in thinking it was going to be something great and I may have had too high expectations One thing I did enjoy was the realistic characters of Carver and Lake I don t think I will continue the series I received an eARC from EDELWEISS flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 30, 2018 Rosa Dracos99 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 Me ha gustado mucho esta novela, me ha atrapado por su principio una situaci n que parece muy clara y comprometida, pero que a lo largo de la historia, y con unos giros sorprendentes, pero muy bien llevados, acabamos conociendo lo que sucedi en realidad Adem s, es una exclente novela de asesinos en serie flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2018 Christen Moore rated it it was amazing review of another edition 2018 has been a great year for the strong female lead character in crime fiction At least every other book I have read this year features a new intriguing leading lady From police officers, FBI agents, to tarot card readers and nannies, the list just keeps growing and I am loving it Splinter in the Blood continues this wonderful trend Dyer takes everything crime fiction readers love about serial killer thrillers and adds a refreshing twist.When DS Ruth Lake approaches the home of her boss pa 2018 has been a great year for the strong female lead character in crime fiction At least every other book I have read this year features a new intriguing leading lady From police officers, FBI agents, to tarot card readers and nannies, the list just keeps growing and I am loving it Splinter in the Blood continues this wonderful trend Dyer takes everything crime fiction readers love about serial killer thrillers and adds a refreshing twist.When DS Ruth Lake approaches the home of her boss partner, DCI Greg Carver, late in the evening, she knows something is wrong Upon entry into the house, she discovers Carver in his armchair bleeding from a gun shot wound to the chest Rather than calling for help, Lake begins to clean up the scene and removing evidence This decision sets in motion a chain of events which will affect Lake s life and career A traditional serial killer story usually starts with the discovery of the first victim Readers follow along with police officers as they question witnesses, suspects, and review evidence About half way through the book, police officers realize they are dealing with a serial killer The remainder of the story usually revolves around the identification of the killer and their capture In Splinter in the Blood, Dyer plants readers right in the middle of the investigation Lake, Carver, and their team already know a serial killer is at work One element which sets Splinter in the Blood apart from other serial killer fiction books is Carver s injury Usually the climax of the book is the injury or death of the overworked but dedicated lead investigator Splinter in the Blood begins with Lake finding Carver soon after he has been shot Dyer s unconventional approach to the story of a serial killer and the detectives who are trying to catch the them is fresh and innovative.Before DS Lake joined the Major Investigation Team, she was a Crime Scene Investigator This is yet another way Dyer has managed to set Splinter in the Blood apart from other serial killer thrillers When Lake is investigating crimes she is doing so with two minds, a detective and a Crime Scene Investigator This sort of duel perspective within the same character made reading Splinter in the Blood even enjoyable I do enjoy serial killer thrillers but I must admit, I sometimes find this genre repetitive and predictable When I pick up a book in this genre I usually expect a great story, with likable characters and a few twist and turns but the ending sometimes comes up short This usually does not matter for me because I found the characters so interesting and savored the character development While Splinter in the Blood is short on character development this is usually a negative for me , I found it no less pleasurable to read Dyer gives readers just enough background so they will know there is much to learn about these characters.I know I focused a lot on the differences between Splinter in the Blood and other serial killer thrillers, but it is these differences that make it so special and why I l enjoyed it so much Most books in this genre are loaded with character development Readers learn each aspect of the main characters Sometimes the investigation takes a back seat in the story This is not the case with Splinter in the Blood Readers looking for a detailed yet comprehensive investigation driven story will devour Splinter in the Blood Thanks to William Morrow for my free review copy of Splinter in the Blood Murder and Moore Rating 5 out of 5 Stars flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 05, 2018 Mandi Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition I haven t been able to read much due to an illness, but wow I read this gem in a day and a half and it s amazing Can not wait for book 2 Lots of twists and turns from page 1 to page 388 flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 07, 2018 Lady Delacour rated it liked it Shelves listened with text to speech app Very good Mystery,Guessing will keepyour head spinning.Shorter subplotswould have be welcomed.Listened with TTS.Clean except forFoul Language flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Frue_s rated it liked it review of another edition Hade lite sv rt att komma in i den, men sen blev det sp nnande att f rs ka luska i vad Ruth och Carver dolde f r varandra Ber ttelsen om seriem rdaren k ndes s d r och inte s rskilt trov rdig g rningsman flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 20, 2018 Kathi rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves must buy This book was insane I was fully wrong about where it was going and I loved it flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Regan rated it really liked it This one started off close for me and I almost DNF d it It seemed jumbled and didn t flow, but I stuck with it and am glad I did It got better and better and the ending was a major page turner Really great idea behind what was going on I ll definitely read them again flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 20, 2018 Mary Picken rated it really liked it review of another edition I chose this book to read entirely on the title it sounded like my kind of book A police procedural with lots of mutilated dead bodies, at first I thought this would be a gory psychological thriller And it does have some of that, but overall, the strength of this book lies in the relationship between the protagonists and the multiplicity of twists and turns that have the reader following clues which lead to yet another suspect.DCI Greg Carver is leading the hunt for a serial killer, known as I chose this book to read entirely on the title it sounded like my kind of book A police procedural with lots of mutilated dead bodies, at first I thought this would be a gory psychological thriller And it does have some of that, but overall, the strength of this book lies in the relationship between the protagonists and the multiplicity of twists and turns that have the reader following clues which lead to yet another suspect.DCI Greg Carver is leading the hunt for a serial killer, known as the Thorn Killer, who has murdered five women in Liverpool and then staged their bodies for the police to find Each body has been elaborately tattooed using thorns and home made ink mixed with plant based poisons.This case has been obsessing Carver and the pressure ramps up when the fifth victim, a drama student named Kara Grogan, is found in the park Not only does Kara look like Grogan s estranged wife, Emma, she is wearing a pair of Emma s earrings, given to her by Carver.This is too much for Carver to bear and his obsession has led him into serious drinking bouts, sleeplessness and he works at home incessantly trying to delve beneath the surface of these crimes to work out the killer s motive and the meaning of the tattooed symbols.The book opens with Carver s sergeant, Ruth Lake, standing over a near dead Carver in his home She is holding a pistol which she removes from the scene together with all his case notes, before calling it in Did she shoot him and if not why has she done the forbidden and disposed of critical evidence from the crime scene That Carver survives is down to Lake calling it in, but as he begins a slow recovery, it is clear that the pair, who were clearly close colleagues, are not telling each other the truth Though recused from the investigation into Carver s shooting, Lake is determined to uncover the truth behind Carver s near death and as she investigates, she finds that there are links to the Thorn Killer deaths and she follows the trail that Carver s notes lead her to.Unbeknownst to her, however, the killer has Ruth under surveillance and as she conducts her own unauthorised investigation, she is following a path that will put her directly into the path of this devious and cunning psychopathic killer.The police investigation into Carver s shooting is hampered by the fact that Carver claims to be unable to remember much of what happened, but Ruth is convinced that he is not telling her everything he can remember and so she also holds back information from him as the two investigations into Carver s shooting and the Thorn Killer proceed in parallel.Splinter In The Blood is a dark and gripping read which had me rapidly turning the pages to get to the truth of the complex and manipulative killer whose deranged motive for murder is deeply disturbing I d have liked a little of a backstory of the killer to better understand what had created this highly unbalanced individual, but overall this was a page turner that kept me guessing all the way through.I really did enjoy the Lake Carver relationship and would definitely be open to reading of this unusual police pairing flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 18, 2018 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley For months, a serial killer dubbed The Thorn Killer has terrorized Liverpool, daubing victims with macabre tattoos over most of their body With no tangible leads, Detective Greg Carver is living and breathing the case until he is shot in his own home Finding him in his armchair, the actions of his colleague Ruth Lake are than suspicious Instead of calling it in, she removes the gun, carefully wipes down surfaces and takes away Carver s case notes The only problem is, Carver isn t a For months, a serial killer dubbed The Thorn Killer has terrorized Liverpool, daubing victims with macabre tattoos over most of their body With no tangible leads, Detective Greg Carver is living and breathing the case until he is shot in his own home Finding him in his armchair, the actions of his colleague Ruth Lake are than suspicious Instead of calling it in, she removes the gun, carefully wipes down surfaces and takes away Carver s case notes The only problem is, Carver isn t actually dead Waking in his hospital room, with few memories of what happened that night, his obsession with the case grows What exactly is Ruth hiding and will it cause blood to be shed Well, this book certainly grabs your attention from the off It s not often you read a book where, right from the start, you are incredibly suspicious of the detective in charge but from the moment Ruth Lake tampers with the crime scene, I was not sure whether she was a reliable officer This mistrust remained for much of the book and, coupled with the unknown reason behind Carver s shooting, this made for an interesting read where you don t know if the police can be trusted.The modus operandi of the killer was a particularly gruesome and painful one and when we actually experience them in action, I found myself wincing as they used thorns to tattoo their latest victim Several possible candidates are put forward as to who the killer is and I was pleased to spot a clue whilst reading that steered me towards that person One part in particular resonated with me as, being from the city where it is set, the locations were very familiar Let s just say the Fairy Glen in Sefton Park now takes on a whole new meaning I liked the complicated relationship that Lake and Carver shared and feel that there is definitely to be explored if this book becomes a series There is a definite respect between the two detectives although, in light of the cases they are working on, there was also a lot of apprehension Both detectives are very tenacious and probably a lot like each other than they care to realise.As the book progressed, I found it hard to put down and I whizzed through the second half at a rate of knots There were numerous twists and turns that held my attention right until the very end I hope that a second book will follow.With thanks to Net Galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my ARC flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2018 Deirdre rated it it was amazing Thank you, for making me a winner in this Giveaway And huge thanks to William Morrow for seeing that I received it I have now met two very talented and knowledgeable British women who can certainly write successfully as one to create a compelling mystery suspense novel The given author Ashley Dyer is a composite of one award winning crime writer and a past forensic scientist, lecturer, CSI and non fiction award writer Well, with background like that, of course this unique concept s Thank you, for making me a winner in this Giveaway And huge thanks to William Morrow for seeing that I received it I have now met two very talented and knowledgeable British women who can certainly write successfully as one to create a compelling mystery suspense novel The given author Ashley Dyer is a composite of one award winning crime writer and a past forensic scientist, lecturer, CSI and non fiction award writer Well, with background like that, of course this unique concept serial killer police procedural rings true They do it so well that the pages just zip by and you don t want to put down the book, even though your eyes are drooping because it s well past your bedtime My time to vent some spleen sorry, I can t put it off any longer I don t know where arrives at the count for number of readable pages in a book, but they were so far off on this one that I have to make mention of it This is not the first time this has happened When you ve accepted the reading challenge and get to page 320 in a book that is 386 1 3 pages, and gives a count of 304 pages, it a bit difficult to show an accurate progress report I have also had this mistake in the reverse, thrice, where they have obviously counted the colophon, title page, dedication page, acknowledgements, and any attached blank pages to arrive at their page count Please see that this problem is corrected It s not as if it s long division done using Roman numerals flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Please correct page count 3 14 Aug 23, 2018 04 58AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    • This is a intense blend of psychological thriller and police procedural set in Liverpool Aside from a hunt for a sociopath serial killer, known as the Thorn Killer, there is the mystery and intrigue of the relationship between DCI Greg Carver and DS Ruth Lake, underpinned by distrust, lies, secrets and deception Carver is the lead investigator of the killer who has tortured and killed 5 women, tattooing them painfully using a thorn as the stylus, experimenting with differing inks mixed with a Th [...]


    • Just WOW What a story What a ride This debut novel blew me away Hopefully this is only the first in a long series.Detective Greg Carver is on the trail of a serial killer The Thorn Killer This killer grabs woman and spends days and days tattooing their bodies with a thorn, filled with poison So far there have been 5 victims with no evident connection.Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home His trusted partner, Detective Ruth Lake, is alone with him Yet instead of calling for he Just WOW Wh [...]


    • I am unsure whether this is pegged to be the start of a new series, but I really hope so because I thoroughly enjoyed it I found the main characters to be divisively engaging and the dark undertone to the plot really did get under my skin.I liked this one for the way it was told we start with a detective shot and his sergeant standing over him but did she shoot him If so why That is the question and instead of going back in time we go forward, day by day, as he lies in the hospital and s I am un [...]


    • Splinter in the Blood starts off strong with a woman covering up a crime scene Why is Ruth Lake covering up a crime scene at home of her partner, Detective Greg Carver And what will happen next Reading this book feels a bit like starting to watch a movie in the middle or on a random page start a book Not that the book has that confusing feeling Instead, it feels like you are in the middle of an investigation and you get to know about what happened before as the story progresses.Now I wa Splinte [...]


    • Hot damn I do so love a debut novel that keeps me guessing RIGHT TIL THE VERY END I legitimately had no idea who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed Ashley Dyer is the pen name of Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper in their debut book written together Gotta say, I absolutely loved it.The intricacy of why the Thorn Killer is named the Thorn Killer and how the victims are killed absolutely fascinated me I won t go into details as this is all slowly revealed throughout the cou Hot [...]


    • In the first of a new series, partners Greg Carver and Ruth Lake have been chipping away for months on a case dubbed the Thorn Killer , where female victims have been tattooed with thorns and poisonous ink After Carver ends up shot in the chest, presumably by this psycho, Ruth must continue to work every angle hoping to catch a sadistic killer before any other victims are claimed This a well done slow boil police procedural for those who have enjoyed Tana French or Tess Gerritsen.



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