5.0 out of 5 stars - Top serial killer chiller British fiction!
I really loved Michael's first novel The Wharf Butcher The Wharf Butcher by Michael K. Foster which I highly recommend. Both books feature some of the same characters but they can absolutely be read as stand-alone novels, no need to read in order or feel you will miss anything.
Satan's Beckoning is set in the North-East of England (as is The Wharf Butcher) and I love that because it's where I live. It was so great to know all of the locations in the book and feel like the crime fighting team were sometimes zooming past me nearby as I was reading the novel. Michael has done a brilliant job of creating authenticity in regards to the location and setting for this novel. Bravo!
A lot of crime novels these days can lack detail, others can be so bogged down in it you are lost by Chapter 2, one of the strengths in my opinion of Michael's books is that the detail in the plot is spot on. You can tell he has done his research, descriptions of crime scenes, police procedures, criminal profiling and the psychopathy of a deranged killer is done extremely well, I really give him lots of credit for that, again it adds an element of authenticity and realism to the book.
The plot is great, we have Carlisle drawn in by the police again to offer up his criminal profiling services. This is a man who can get inside the head of a killer and piece together a profile and idea of who the killer is and what the next move is going to be. I love, love, love books featuring a profiler, I think it ups the game from a lot of crime books. We get to experience being in the mind of the killer from time to time, not always comfortable but highly entertaining!
The crack crime team are a mixed bag of characters and again, so realistic - many of them are terribly flawed and some of them you will perhaps like and some not. These are not cookie cutout characters at all, I really like the mixture of personalities, temperaments and styles of the detectives and police officers in the book. A lot.
Dead bodies turn up. Females. All fitting a particular profile (thanks to Carlisle) and the hunt is on for the killer. The search stretches from Gateshead in Newcastle Upon Tyne to York in Yorkshire and all in-between and it's a gritty plot that gradually builds up pace as the book rolls out. I found it impossible to guess who the killer was, a few times I was certain that I (and the cops) had the killer only to be proved wrong. There is no easy reveal until towards the end of the book and I loved that.
The ending and lead up to it where the pace really starts to pick up strongly is brilliant. I was on the edge of my seat (well edge of the bed as it was 3am) with events that were presented and the eagerness to know if they were going to catch this twisted serial killer or not. Was Carlisle's profile going to prove to be right after all? You have to read it to find out for yourself!
Michael K. Foster is an outstanding writer of considerable talent and with this, his second novel he has proven yet again that he is a new force in British Crime Fiction. I am not in the least bit surprised that bookstores have snaffled Michael up for book signings and events and his name is creating a buzz across social media. An author to watch and if you love your crime fiction grab one or both of his novels and settle in for a great read!
5 stars from me for Satan's Beckoning for all the reasons mentioned above. I am a fan of Mr Carlisle and his profiling talents and cannot wait for the next book from this author, in fact I hope he is on the case already. Superbly entertaining, well researched and thrilling crime fiction. Yes, you can quote me on that. By Booklover Catlady Reviews