Black Heart – Anna-Lou Weatherley

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There’s a letter on the floor covered with blood next to a Black Heart coverheart-shaped box of chocolates. The note says: ‘My beautiful darling, I’m sorry, please forgive me.’

When the body of a wealthy banker is found with his wrists slashed in a London hotel room, it appears at first to be a tragic suicide. But Detective Dan Riley suspects there is more to this case than meets the eye and the pathology reports confirms his worst fears – the victim was poisoned and suddenly Dan is dealing with a murder enquiry.

Still grieving the devastating loss of his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident two years ago, Dan throws everything he has into the investigation. Then he makes a disturbing discovery, uncovering links between the victim and a woman calling herself Goldilocks on an online dating site. Is she seeking revenge or something more?

Yet just as Dan begins to piece together the clues of this complex case, the body of a woman is found in her bed with identical wounds. Dan is on the trail of a twisted serial killer – and the stakes just got higher:

The first victim was Daddy Bear. The second Mummy Bear.

Unless Dan can catch the killer, Baby Bear will be next.

An all-consuming and totally unputdownable read that will have you holding your breath to the very last page.

My Review

Black Heart is Anna-Lou Weatherley’s first outing into crime books, she already has a number of contemporary romances under her belt however she’s swapped genre for this book – and what a fabulous job she has done…so much so that I am already looking forward to the next one in the series!

Black Heart introduces the reader to Daniel Riley, a successful detective inspector who is morning the loss of his girlfriend, Rachel, who was killed in a motorcycle accident a couple of years prior. Whilst Dan had justice in the sense that the other driving has served time for his crime – there is still a gaping hole in Dan’s life that he cannot/will not fill.

With the opening chapter, we are thrown into the investigation. A wealthy banker is found dead in his hotel room (and in the opening chapter we are privy to the events that led to his demise) in an apparent suicide however DI Riley’s intuition is in overdrive and is not convinced it is that straight forward. His hunch is proven right when the pathology reports come back confirming that he was poisoned. When another body is found, again an apparent suicide, Dan and his team are thrown into a murder investigation with a sadistic serial killer who needs to be stopped.

There are two things that really stood out for me in Black Heart, firstly was the telling of the murders from both sides, the good guys as well as the murderer. Weatherley really gets us into their head, understanding their motives and almost as a passive accomplice as we could see what was coming. The second stand out thing for me was the personal side of Dan, his grief is very real and at times uncomfortable to read – he is trying so hard to move on with his life but is struggling immensely as he feels that he is tarnishing Rachel’s memory.

Black Heart is well written and plotted out, I liked the pacing, short snappy chapters and also the fact that I could pick it up and put it down again – although I loved the fact that I could also get completely lost in the narrative when time allowed!

Black Heart is both a brilliant book in its own right and a great solid start to a new series!

About the Author

Anna-Lou WeatherleyAnna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.

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