Friday, 6 April 2018

Book Review: The Deaths Of December by Susi Holliday

The hunt is on for a serial killer in a thrilling festive crime novel.
It looks like a regular advent calendar.
Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors...and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one.
The police hope it's a prank. Because if it isn't, a murderer has just surfaced - someone who's been killing for twenty years.
But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station?
As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them...
It's shaping up to be a deadly little Christmas.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pleasing irony that the author of The Deaths of December, a festive holiday thriller, is named Susi Holliday. This fact made me chuckle probably far more than it should have done, to be honest.

I picked up The Deaths of December on a whim in a supermarket. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, to be honest, and so went in with a very open mind. And I was blown away. This is a truly fantastic crime fiction novel, with a festive twist. With a unique premise, and a fantastic way of storytelling, Holliday has created something wonderful. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for any future novels from Holliday, I just know she's going to be one of my favourite crime fiction authors.

Don't be put off by this being a festive read because, although at it's core it focuses on Christmas, this is a crime fiction novel that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
Rating: *****

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