Title: Tear Drop
Author: Joanne Clancy
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction
Publishing date: 27th August, 2015
My Rating: 4/5 stars
*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
The crimes of the past echo in the present…
THE SERIAL KILLER
Ross Campbell vanished almost a decade ago, and since then nothing has been heard from the serial killer known as Teardrop…until now.
An Irish newspaper receives a chilling letter claiming to be from Campbell, which promises a new reign of terror.
As death stalks the dark streets of Cork City, it soon becomes clear to the police and the media that a serial killer is on the loose.
Elizabeth Ireland, a former detective with The Metropolitan Police, was the lead investigator on the original case when Campbell vanished.
However, only she believes that Campbell didn’t send the letter. She embarks upon a frightening psychological journey to uncover the killer’s identity, where she’s pulled into a lethal game in which the killer sets the rules and waits for her next move.
With the crimes of the past echoing in the present, can she find the killer before he strikes again?
Wow! What to say? I always love books that challenge me. Whenever I read mystery and thriller novels, I try to solve the mystery as I go on and if I can get the mystery befor the author reveals it then that book kind of disappoints me. But that wasn’t the case with this book. This is the first book that I have highlighted paragraphs in because I am just to lazy to mark things off. 😛
The synopsis of the novel is pretty much clear and I will say up to the point. It sums up the book perfectly so there is no point in me blabbering the same stuff again. So, I decided to talk about my experience with this book instead. 😉
The Detective, Elizabeth Ireland, is the standard image of a lady detective that we usually come across in these type of books. Blunt, straightforward, no-nonsense attitude, holding a secret kind. And I don’t know why but I love them! ❤ I love the type who knows who to be sarcastic with and who to look up to, I am that kind of the girl. So, I relate with characters like her.
Here’s an example of her being instinctive. I don’t know, why, but I liked this line.
Then when Elizabeth and the Murder Unit started trying to put the pieces together I was doing the same. I read carefully for clues to unravel the mystery before the smart detective.
This paragraph gave me the first suspect because a character fitted the bill perfectly and as I held onto the idea, after few pages my suspect was the one to be rounded up. I was like… yeah! But then, it became clear that he wasn’t the one.
The author smartly turns all your suspicions to the person who gave rise to my first suspect and he actually becomes the suspect of the Murder Unit too because of the planted evidence and then in the end obviously the one you never doubt is the suspect. While, I was reading this I kept remembering another story although I can’t remember the name but the story structure was the same, the serial killers were the ones whom the main characters usually liked and though you get the idea that you can solve the mystery, in the end you are to be proved wrong.
Damn! I seriously love the writers you can convince you and make you believe what they want you to and this book was nowhere short of that. ❤
Why didn’t I give 5 stars if I liked the book so much. I think the reason for it will be the little things that weren’t too clear. Like her relationship with the Chief Superintendent Frank, in the start I thought they were friends because that’s what the author kind of states it as and then some other character walks in and calls Frank Elizabeth’s boyfriend. At first I thought he was taunting her but then I realize that he wasn’t. I think if that angle had been more clear then maybe…
There were more screenshots of the highlighted areas that I thought were the pieces of the mystery but then it would spoil the fun for you and I don’t want to do that. I hope you guys read it so that we can discuss it. 😀
Why would I pick it up?
I think I made it pretty obvious that this book is a good read if you are in a mood for deciphering a mystery! 🙂 😉