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Tania Carver

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New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W. W. Norton 2011.
1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
Item Description
Originally published: London : Sphere, 2009.
Physical Description
438 p. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Tania Carver (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This stunning Brit import seems to start out too conventionally. Woman answers nighttime knock at door; blade flashes. Then more stock stuff. The police hate their boss. Two of the coppers have had an affair. The DI and the consulting psychologist were lovers once. Readers who think there's too much soap opera in the modern crime novel should be patient. This one uncoils slowly, languidly, like a python. You're trapped in its embrace before you realize it. Someone is killing late-term pregnant women and removing their unborn children; unfortunately, the police may be hounding the wrong man. Our sense that the authorities are being manipulated is borne out in blood, while a creepy story of ambiguous sexual identity surfaces. Carver's expert timing is aided by her prose, deceptively laconic but with a constant forward push. Everything, it turns out, is done for a reason. The dalliances between members of the police force, for example, play a disturbing part in the criminal's scheme. Similarly, other hoary plot devices are spun until they scream, and even the Perils of Pauline ending works enough startling changes to keep you up past lights-out. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A serial killer is on the loose in Colchester, England, where pregnant women are being brutally slain, their babies ripped from their wombs. Veteran officer Phil Brennan is desperate to solve the mystery. After the third such murder occurs, this time with the baby almost certainly taken alive, Phil and his team call upon their colleague, psychologist Marina Esposito, to assist in profiling and capturing the killer. Pregnant, Marina is drawn deeper and deeper into the hunt for a monster. As the web of violence grows, Marina finds herself the target of unspeakable evil. Will she and Phil stop this killer before yet another woman loses her life? VERDICT This well-written debut novel grips the reader from the start, with plenty of violence, gore, and psychological suspense. Fans of psychological thrillers on the gritty side will find this title appealing. Recommended.—Amy M. Davis, Kent State Univ. Lib., Columbus, OH [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Carver's impressive debut, an intense British police procedural, Colchester Det. Insp. Philip Brennan and his team investigate the gruesome murders of pregnant women whose unborn children are cut from their bodies. In one instance, the baby may still be alive. When psychologist Marina Esposito, who once had an affair with Phil, contributes her profiling expertise, Marina and Phil have to be careful not to compromise the investigation as they did the last time they worked together. Though they try to maintain a professional distance, Marina and Phil, who was abused as a child but later found a loving foster family, are still drawn to each other. Meanwhile, Marina has found out she's pregnant; indeed, one of the victims was in her pregnancy yoga class. Tension increases as the killer's sordid secrets unfold. Carver never crosses the line into gratuitous violence, while myriad clues and surprising twists keep the reader off-kilter. Fans of Mo Hayder, Chelsea Cain, and Karin Slaughter will find much to like. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Investigating a series of murders in which the victims have been pregnant women, Detective Inspector Philip Brennan sets aside his personal feelings to enlist the aid of his ex, psychologist Marina Esposito, in a harrowing race against time. A debut suspense title by the internationally best-selling author of The Creeper.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Investigating a series of murders in which the victims have been pregnant women, Detective Inspector Philip Brennan sets aside his personal feelings to enlist the aid of his ex, psychologist Marina Esposito, to catch the killer.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The arresting debut thriller, featuring a very different kind of serial killer, by international bestselling author Tania Carver.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A shocking double-murder scene greets Detective Inspector Philip Brennan when he is called to a flat in Colchester. Two women are viciously cut open and lying spread-eagled, one tied to the bed, one on the floor. The woman on the bed has had her stomach cut into and her unborn child is missing. But this is the third time Phil and his team have seen such an atrocity. Two other pregnant women have been killed in this way and their babies taken from them. No one can imagine what sort of person would want to commit such horrible crimes.When psychologist Marina Esposito is brought in, Phil has to put aside his feelings about their shared past and get on with the job. But can they find the killer before another woman is targeted?