"A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.
Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.
The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly—to catch the killer, they must follow the leader."
Normally I don't like it when a writer lets you know who the killer is at the beginning of a good old crime thriller, but in this case it really worked. You know who the killer is and you know (mostly) why he's killing them, but you don't always know who the victim is in relation to the killer and there's plenty of little red herrings thrown in to chuck you off the scent.
This is the second in the series of Allie Shenton novels, and I was slightly concerned as I haven't read the first one yet, but it completely worked as a stand alone novel, making reference to the first but without any spoilers. I liked Allie, but some of the other characters in her team could have done with a bit more fleshing out - that said it's possible I may have felt like this because I hadn't read the first in the series. Perfect excuse for me to go and read it!
Follow The Leader is out on 10th February and you can get it here: