Title: The Christmas Killer (DI James Walker, #1)
Author: Alex Pine
Publication Date: October 29, 2020
Number of Pages: 398
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Crime
As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb…
DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey.
But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow.
As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next…
Can James stop the killer before they strike again?
In this book we follow DI James Walker and his wife, Annie, as they move from the busy and dangerous streets of London to a small remote village called Kirkby Abbey where Annie grew up. It was the perfect getaway from all the trouble that they faced in London, but also a big change for James as he is used to the big crimes of the city. Soon after, it all changed when James received an early Christmas present that shocked him to his core. The box contained a horrific surprise with a note that promises: Twelve days, twelve murders.
I loved the setting of this book and the cozy and atmospheric vibes that it sends off to its readers. It was a fast-paced read and I was really hooked from start to finish. The writing-style was also definitely easy to follow and very engaging.
I was absolutely on the edge of my seat every time I picked the book up. At some point in the middle of this book, though, I kind of had a hunch of who the killer might be and guessed correctly, but it was still such a fun reading experience.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to thriller readers, especially if you’re looking for some quick read during this busy and festive season! I will surely pick up the next books in this series. ♡