The Gallery Of The Dead – An addictive, unsettling page turner
Gallery Of The Dead is a thriller that gets right under your skin. Then it slices through.
‘Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what’s inside that room would be it.’
That’s what an LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended.
In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders; a psychopath who loves what he does because to him murder is much more than just killing – it’s an art form.
Welcome to The Gallery of the Dead.
Author Chris Carter has worked in criminal psychology and it shows within the pages of The Gallery Of The Dead which is part of the hugely popular Robert Hunter series. Hunter and his partner Garcia are on the trail of a sadistic psychopath who kills in elaborate ways, and the victims seem to be chosen completely at random. I only got to page 5 before I was completely sucked into the story and scared half to death. I am not sure I will ever be able to look down a dark hallway again without fear.
The Gallery Of The Dead is dark, darker than a psychopaths soul, and some may find it too much. I certainly felt queasy a couple of times and skipped dinner. However, the writing, character arcs and the unsettling feeling that hangs thick in the air as the FBI and Ultra Crimes Unit try and catch this creepy killer will stay with you a long time after you close the book.
It’s an addictive thriller, which I read in one single session, but be warned, I had a hard night sleeping afterwards!
4 out of 5 from me. Looking forward to reading more of the Robert Hunter Series.
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Thanks to Simon & Schuster for a review copy of The Gallery Of The Dead.