The Killer On The Wall – Emma Kavanagh

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The first body comes as a shockThe Killer On The Wall

The second brings horror

The third signals the beginning of a nightmare

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

Who is the Killer on the Wall?

My Review

It began with the bodies…

What an opening line! The bodies are all lined up against Hadrian’s Wall, almost like they have just fallen asleep – except they haven’t, they have been brutally murdered. Isla Bell is 15 and out for her morning run when she comes across these 3 bodies back in July 1996.

The narrative then moves to October 2016 and it is revealed that Heath McGowan is the killer on the wall. Isla is now a professor of criminal psychology and is undertaking a study on brain functionality and it’s influences upon criminal activity – and Heath is one of her subjects.

Isla’s father is DS Eric Bell, and the man who put Heath behind bars for the murders of 6 people including Heath’s own, pregnant girlfriend. 20 years later and everyone is still dealing with the aftermath of the murders, including Ramsey who was attacked and let at Hadrian’s Wall but lived to tell the tale. However, the murders then start again – a copy cat killer, an associate or the killer themselves? DS Bell is involved in the new investigation but his pride and reputation is at stake when it’s suggested that maybe Heath wasn’t the killer 20 years ago and Eric got it wrong.

The Killer on the Wall has two very strong protagonists in both Isla and DC Mina Arian, who is enlisted to investigate the present murders. They are both well rounded characters who are fighting for what they believe in, but both troubled by their respective pasts. DC Arian is pushing the boundaries with DS Bell but has integrity and faith in pursuit of justice.

Kavanagh has created a plot full of so many twists and turns (not to mention red herrings!) that kept me guessing. I couldn’t put this book down and was suspicious of everyone! I enjoyed reading chapters from various points of view which provided a well rounded plot (not to mention tension filled, generating lots of question and suspicion!).

A fantastic crime thriller that keeps you guessing, a massive 5 stars from me. Highly recommended – once I finished this one I sought out Kavanagh’s other books to get them added to the TBR list (like I need to add more :))

About the Author

Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. Now she is lucky enough to be able to write for a living. She lives in South Wales with her husband and young son.

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