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Detective Lorena Evans, savvy, eccentric detective, has a specialty: catching serial killers. Her hometown has provided a plethora of them over the years; however, she’s met her match with the newest serial to terrorize the streets of Cleveland. Gingerbread is like no other, and only Evans with her team of forensic geeks and partner, Bob, are closer than anyone’s ever come to catching him. Raising her orphaned niece and balancing work will prove almost too much for her to handle, but exploring the seedier, darker tastes of what the city has to offer while tracking her killer will almost be her undoing. New detective on the block, Jack Foster, is paired up with Evans and her partner, but he learns very quickly that Evans has some strange, quirky habits, even if she does have the highest case closing in her precinct. Coming from homicide and then narcotics, Jack’s no stranger to the depths of depravity of which humans are capable, but Gingerbread is like nothing he’s ever encountered.
Will they apprehend Ginger before he strikes again? Or will he turn the tables on the detectives hunting him down and add them to his number of victims?
Fear is not only a universal emotion, but timeless, and one that Kate Morris exploits to its fullest in her latest release, Gingerbread. With many heart pounding moments along the way she takes the time favoured tropes and conventions of the genre and fine tunes them to deliver a disturbing narrative which reminds us why the best crime thrillers never age. Rarely is the pervading presence of evil so manifestly demonstrated as it is with Gingerbread, whose presence remains prevailingly disturbing throughout. There’s no unnecessary glut of blood and hysteria, it isn’t needed, with the continuous threat existing in a predatory intelligence. In this way Morris builds the tension in sure calculating steps whilst leveraging the interplay between Jack and Lorena, who has just the right blend of determination and vulnerability to build a series around. This works its way through multiple plot strains which Morris juggles confidently, finally bringing them together in a perfectly pitched denouement which is guaranteed to leave her readers eager for another book.
Markedly different from Morris’s McClane Apocalypse series, Gingerbread is a polished and entertaining page-turner that is sure to be well received by her many fans and beyond. It is recommended without reservation.
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