Published: December 19, 2016
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense
Review: ebook provided
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If we fight monsters, do we too become monsters…?
Donald Munro has something of a problem on his hands.
Just three months after taking over as governor of Greenbank – a unique therapeutic community prison, holding some of Britain’s most dangerous and notorious killers – the place is descending into chaos.
An escape, then a suicide, followed by a string of murders in the prison has left in its wake fear and confusion among staff and prisoners alike.
Dr Kate Crowther, the prison’s principal psychologist is called on – despite Munro’s initial cynicism – to shed some light on the case and create a profile of the killer.
In the meantime, Detective Inspector Nick Knight is brought in to work with her on his investigation.
The escapee, Bobby Lomas, dubbed ‘Varsity Blue’ for his string of killing young female students is considered to be at the heart of the case and Dr Crowther’s close relationship with him has not gone unnoticed.
As the death toll rises, Munro becomes increasingly anxious about Lomas’ whereabouts. His daughter has just started university and he hasn’t heard from her in days…
I received this book to give an honest review.
So I would have given this book a five star rating hands down. It was well written but aside from it being well written at times I felt confused as to whose p.o.v. I was in. So I dropped it to a four.
Though it all started to make sense towards the end.
With this story a prison called Greenbank is handling its prison differently. Trying more of a therapeutic way of trying to help the prisoners. That is until a new governor takes over and then things start going down hill. Prisoners are being murdered and one of them has escaped. What the heck is going on?
As the story goes on we learn that there is a reason this serial killer escaped as it was all part a plan that someone has put together. We meet Dr. Kate Crowther who is the prison psychologist and may have an insight on what is going through the prisoners head. When she joins D.I. Nick Knight and Governor Munro on a profile of who is behind it all, it is a surprise. Munro is dealing with a lot going on. His prison has been turned upside down and to make matters worse his daughter is missing and with the serial killer out there he is super worried. Could she be his next victim? It is a race against time to find her and that is when everything starts to make sense.
I can honestly say I wasn't expecting that turn of events towards the end but it was good how it all was wrapped up.
Now the pace was a bit slow at first but once we see Knight and Crowther start trying to figure out who is behind it all, everything started going to a steady pace.
David Wilson is Professor of Criminology and founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University – one of the university’s “research centres of excellence”. He is the co-Editor of the prestigious Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, which is produced five times per year. Prior to taking up his academic appointment in September 1997, David was Senior Policy Advisor to the Prison Reform Trust, and between October 1983-April 1997 he worked as a Prison Governor.
David completed his PhD at Selwyn College Cambridge in 1983, and immediately joined HM Prison Service as Assistant Governor at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. He worked as a Prison Governor at a variety of establishments, including HMYOIs Huntercombe and Finnamore Wood – where at the age of 29 he was the youngest governing Governor in the country – and at HMPs Grendon and Woodhill. At HMP Grendon he ran the sex offender treatment programme, and at HMP Woodhill he designed and managed the two specialist units for the 12 most disruptive prisoners in the penal system. This experience brought him into contact with some of the most notorious criminals in the country.
David has advised on live police investigations related to a linked series of murders and has provided training to new Senior Investigating Officers who will take charge of murder inquiries.
His current research interests range from the phenomenon of British serial murder, family annihilation, hitmen and lethal violence within organised crime, to all aspects of prison history and penal reform.
His first work of fiction is The Rules of Restraint.