Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed… As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.
Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
I hadn’t read any of the books of this series, but as soon as I started PERFECT CRIME, I felt like the two main characters: Luc Callanach and Ava Turner were already like family. This is a compuslive, tense and emotional police procedural which is perfect for fans of the genre and series like Katerina Diamond’s Imogen Grey & Adrian Miles.
You don’t need to worry about this one: the book is fast-paced from the beggining. The first scene featuring a man who wants to kill himself but isn’t so sure about his fate had me turning the pages dying to know what would happen. And the following scene featuring DI Callanach… let’s say I was immediately gripped.
PERFECT CRIME follows two different storylines: one about an ‘Angel of death” who kills people who tried to commit suicide and another, even more mysterious, featuring a very personal case for Callanach. Both cases were great, but what I loved the most about this book was the focus on Luc and Ava’s relationship. I enjoyed their witty dialogues, their banter and the way their relationship evolved.
I wish I had read the previous books in the series because there were some mentions of old cases that seemed as gripping as this one was and I think this is one of those series that is worth reading from the beginning. Can’t wait for the next novel to keep discovering more about Luc and Ava
P.S: I am from Spain and I believe almost no one here is called Selina, in fact, it’s not a Spanish name at all, I certainly don’t know anyone with that name. I don’t know if I missed something and she was from somewhere else, but that was a bit weird for me.
Helen Fields studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she runs a film production company, acting as script writer and producer. Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Helen and her husband now commute between Hampshire and California with their three children and two dogs.