Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest’s head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim’s chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood.
At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most.
Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims? Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, someone who apparently has the power to read his victims’ minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most.
Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim. (Taken from Goodreads)
The start of this book is not for the faint hearted and I feel like it will put some people off the novel. However I am never one to fade away from anything gory and in fact I loved the opening of this book as it instantly grabbed my attention, leaving me wanting to read the rest of the novel.
The descriptions used throughout are extremely gory and the murder scenes are not for the faint hearted. However for me these descriptions added to the novel and made it feel very real, like you where standing in front of the murders taking place.
The only major disappointment within this novel for me, what that I have already guessed correctly who the murderer was before the big reveal within the novel. I love books that make you think you know who the murderer is then it turns out to be someone who is not even on your suspect list.
Overall this was a very well thought out novel that I really enjoyed. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.