READ BOOK ♠ The Killer On The Wall ♙

3.5 This was my second Kavanagh and quite different, it was a bit slow to start and I guessed early on who the killer was, I suppose that comes from reading a lot of mystery thrillers but it was still a good story with some interesting characters and a great setting though as someone else mentioned some history on Hadrian s Wall would have been interesting I will be picking up books by this author in future. It started with the bodies.Well yes, indeed it did and the opening salvo from Emma Kavanagh in The Killer On The Wall made me actually shiver the scene setting itself would have been enough but then there were BODIES And I pretty much continued to shiver my way through the rest of the novel as well and not just because of all the death and desolation.Basically The Killer on the Wall is an utterly riveting psychological thriller with Ms Kavanagh s trademark divisive yet endlessly compelling characters all living through a nightmare the likes of which is almost unimaginable If you live in a small community and you know everyone, what do you do when there is a killer on the loose Even so when you thought it was all behind you and there had been many years of relative quiet and recuperation.That is the situation the author throws her group into, all set against a haunting yet beautiful backdrop which comes to life in the telling Descriptively this is her best yet, so as well as the really quite twisted yet extremely emotive plot developing you ve got it all happening in a place of beauty, where nothing so ugly should occur.I love the psychological aspects, I was particularly drawn to Isla who grew up to make a career out of trying to discover why some people can commit these horrific acts having seen the fallout with her own eyes, she is sympathetic and driven The crime element whodunnit is fascinatingly drawn, driven very much by the characters and how they see things You may or may not see the end coming but to be honest, that may be the pay off but the sheer addictive nature of The Killer on the Wall is found not in the solving of the mystery but in the events leading up to it.Another huge HUGELY excellent book from an author who is becoming one to watch in Crime writing circles I m loving each one than the last and The Killer On The Wall is perhaps my favourite because it has such a brilliantly atmospheric ambience and a true page turning quality it is honestly hard to put down once you start.Wonderful writing, clever and taut storytelling and a definite tendency to make you want to sleep with the lights on.Highly Recommended. READ BOOK ☾ The Killer On The Wall ⚇ The First Body Comes As A ShockThe Second Brings HorrorThe Third Signals The Beginning Of A NightmareWhen Fifteen Year Old Isla Bell Finds Three Bodies Propped Against Hadrian S Wall, Her Whole World Falls Apart In Such A Close Knit Community, Everyone Knows The Victims, And The Man Who Did ItTwenty Years On And Isla Has Dedicated Her Life To Forensic Psychology Studying The Brains Of Serial Killers, And Even Coming Face To Face With The Convicted Murderer Who Turned Her World Upside Down She Is Safe After All, With Him Behind BarsThen Another Body Appears Against The Wall And Another As The Nightmare Returns And The Body Count Rises, Everyone In Town Is A SuspectWho Is The Killer On The Wall The Killer On The Wall is a chilling story about Isla Bell, a young girl that finds three bodies propped against Hadrian s wall This will have a great impact on her life She will, later on, dedicate her life studying the brains of serial killers, in hope that one day she will find what makes a person a killer Then, 20 years later a body is found propped up against the wall, and then another.I found The Killer On The Wall the be interesting to read There are several POV s in this book, among them are Isla, her husband who survived the first attack 20 years ago, and her father who caught the killer But, the one person I think I liked the best was Mina, a young cop that has been transferred from London to Briganton to get away from her overbearing family Now she faces a nightmare with a serial killer loose.I read The Missing Hours by the same author last year and I think this book is better This story was much interesting and all these different characters make this story engrossing to read The ending was perhaps not that surprising since there is just not many suspects to chose from any However, I found it fitting because even though one can know a person well, can even the best of us be blind when it comes to seeing things I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review I loved The Missing Hours so much that I really jumped at the chance to read Emma Kavanagh s new novel The Killer On The Wall Maybe my expectations were too high after the previous one because in this novel I did find a few things that kept me from falling in love like the first time.There are 2 investigating characters in The Killer On The Wall Mina who s a detetective and Isla, the woman who found the first victims of Heath McGowan at the Wall 20 years ago Isla has dedicated her life and work into the research of psychopaths brain scans She has tested and MRI d plenty of convicted killers and she now even sees the Killer On The Wall eye to eye because he agreed to her request.Then new victims are made with the same MO as before Coincidence, I think not But is it a copycat or did Heath instruct someone in prison to mess with the community of Briganton after all these years The author makes a lot of suggestions and steered me into one direction for a suspect on the outside only to change direction again in another chapter I felt myself on a carousel after a while Although I read this novel with lots of questions on my mind too, most of what was offered didn t really convince me as a motive and I wasn t really buying any it I didn t know who, why or how but I trusted my own instinct and definitely knew there was something wrong with the picture that was being proferred When all was finally said and done, the ending was not entirely surprising for me, simply because so many were already suspected and dismissed What I found a bit strange was there wasn t much of a motive for the actual killer either and I had high hopes actually for an explanation why these people, and these people in particular, were targeted.I m afraid I have to admit that on top of this, I also had a bit of difficulty to fully connect with Isla and Mina, although from both of them I liked detective Mina most She s unrelentless in her perusal through boxes and in her investigation she doesn t want to give up even if it means taking risks and doing unfavourable things She s looking for the truth and she will find it, even if it means she s got to put her own feelings aside.My overall conclusion is that this was a okay read and there s no question that she s a good writer but this one just didn t tick all the boxes for me I m not giving up though and I still look forward to reading her next novel. Intense and atmospheric. Emma Kavanagh s psychological novels are a thing of beauty She does something a bit different and unique this time, with the horrors of small town murder The Killer on the Wall is the latest to hit the shelves.Isla Bell, a teenager on a morning run, discovers three bodies murdered and displayed at Hadrian s Wall in Northumbria This leads to her fascination with killers She pursues a career investigating them, using technology to identify psychotic tendencies through biology In the present day, Isla is a Professor of Criminal Psychology and is married to one of the victims The so called Killer on the Wall was caught by Isla s father and is behind bars, much to the relief of the community This man is Heath McGowan Isla seeks Heath out for her studies, like Clarice Starling meeting Hannibal Lector When a new body is found propped up on Hadrian s Wall in the present day, this sets off a chain of events The town is soon under renewed fear and distress Mina Arian, Detective Constable and newcomer to the locality, is part of the investigative team She is the only one looking at the case objectively and with intelligence Did the killer have an accomplice Or is something far disturbing the case As we have come to expect from Emma Kavanagh, this is intelligent and blisteringly thought provoking She brings her background in psychology to the book and a shed load of research It is ever so apparent in the insight we get from Isla Bell, into the killings and the behaviour of psychopaths Fascinating, we see the case that psychopaths may be identified via brain scans We would all like to spot evil in our midst We can all identify with Isla trying to outwit killers and make sense of what she has been through Isla Bell uses imaging on convicted killers to spot any biological differences Imagine if this was to be let loose on the general population Wow I love the small town creepy atmosphere, where no one feels safe A walk home from the pub at night might result in murder You could be outside one minute and just disappear He might be in your home He might be lurking around street corners Kavanagh gets the tone and atmosphere very right Clever, consuming and just a little bit worrying Yes, I am still wondering who the psychopaths around me are A truly disturbing and quality psychological drama, from a must read author Recommended 4.5Really good book Created a spooky atmosphere.In the quiet village of Briganton, Isla Bell is a fifteen year old teenager out for her morning run She runs the perimeter of the moors and passes by a well known landmark Hadrian s wall On this morning, Isla finds three bodies strangled and poised on the wall She runs home to tell her father, the local constable, of the tragedy The police spend some time on the investigation but soon capture the killer.Twenty years later, Isla Bell is now a psychologist who specializes in serial killers She is at the prison working with inmates but today, she is working with none other than the infamous killer on the wall She receives information that another murder has taken place in her Briganton village and the body has been positioned at Hadrian s wall.So begins this novel Is this a one time murder meant to copy the original crime Or, is something beginning again after 20 years The convicted killer is in jail so authorities know it is not him but does he have someone on the outside who he is teaching Or is there a fan of his This novel moves at a nice pace which kept me involved with the investigation and a lot happens than I ever expected As a fan of Emma Kavanagh, she does a great job with this one Highly recommended to those who enjoy a good police procedural investigation. I was hoping for from this The premise is a good hook, I love a bit of serial murder in a small town Yet I guessed the ending within the first few chapters, it was obvious and very clearly signposted After that it was just watching everyone in the multiple POVs bumble their way to the same conclusion You only really need to read the first and last 10% if you read it at all.ARC via Netgalley Twenty years ago, fifteen year old Isla Bell discovered three bodies propped against Hadrian s Wall The case was solved by her father, Detective Sergeant Eric Bell, who became a hero to the local town of Briganton Now Isla is married to the brother of one of the victims and is a forensic scientist, studying serial killers to try to find a neurological reason for their behaviour.When the novel begins, Isla is about to carry out tests of Heath McGowan, the man who was the Killer on the Wall, and has been incarcerated for the murders carried out all those years ago Isla s husband, Ramsey, is uncomfortable about Isla meeting with McGowan and there are obvious mind games going on However, shortly after Isla does meet with McGowan, the unthinkable happens and there is another murder This is an interesting crime novel, with a good setting and characters Briganton is almost a character itself nestled under the shadow of Hadrian s Wall, surrounded by bleak moorland and uncomfortably known as the site for the infamous series of murders This definition has marked not only the town, but the people In such a small town, everyone knew someone affected by the crimes and this pall of fear and despair seems to lay over many of the residents There are, however, new residents and these include a transplanted Londoner, of Iraqi origin Detective Constable Mina Arian Along with Isla, Mina was the character that made the novel work for me and it was a great idea for the author to have an outsider involved in the investigation, who did not bring all of that local history along with her However, when it seems that there is another murderer on the loose, the now Detective Superintendant Eric Bell, is reluctant to consider any links with the previous case, that he solved Was another person involved in the original murders Is there a copycat killer on the loose, or is there another explanation Isla is convinced that her research can help find answers, while Mina has to fight against her superior officer to investigate The author really does use the small, fairly isolated, community to her advantage and also shows the long term damage that such crimes can have on those affected One of the problems with a small town though, is that there are a limited number of suspects Still, an enjoyable and atmospheric read and an enjoyable setting I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.