Today, I will be sharing my review of The Career Killer by Ali Gunn with you all.
When a serial killer poses a woman wearing a wedding dress in one of London’s most beautiful gardens without being seen, all eyes fall on newly-promoted DCI Elsie Mabey’s team of misfits as they investigate their first case together.
Nobody else wants the case and nobody wants the team she’s forced to work with. Her subordinates are the opposite of the Met’s finest; they’re the “not quite fired” of London policing.
Can this ragtag band pull together to catch a killer or will their failure be a self-fulfilling prophecy
I have to say that it took me a lot longer to read The Career Killer than I had intended, but in no way is that a reflection of the quality of the book. This whole lockdown situation has made it very difficult to sit down and concentrate on reading. Although it took me a while to get through, The Career Killer was definitely an enjoyable read.
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was instantly intrigued. It sounded exactly like the type of book I love to read, and DCI Mabey’s team of misfits made it all the more interesting.
It is very rare that you read a crime/thriller novel where the investigating team isn’t the best in the business, so this aspect was quite refreshing. I liked that each member of the team had their own separate back story, and personal problems that they were dealing with, and I truly enjoyed reading about each one individually. The book is written from the points of view of the team members, which made getting to know each of them much easier.
DCI Mabey was a great protagonist, and I particularly liked that the author included the Chronic Fatigue illness aspect to her character. My mum suffers with Chronic Fatigue, and it is an illness that not many people really understand, and I have certainly never seen it included in a book before. Ali Gunn did a brilliant job of showing how difficult it is to live with this illness.
The case itself had so many interesting aspects. There were so many questions surrounding the case, and I was desperate to find out the answers. If I am honest, the third victim was fairly obvious, and I definitely saw it coming, but it was still great to read. There was so much action, from start to finished, and if it wasn’t for the current circumstances, I am sure I would have devoured this book in a day or two. I really enjoyed this book, and have just pre-ordered book 2 in the DCI Mabey series. I am looking forward to seeing how Elsie’s story continues.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a digital copy of The Career Killer, in exchange for an honest review.
I give The Career Killer a 4 star rating!