Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Book Review: This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman

About The Book

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.

My Thoughts

Well, thanks a lot Rob Ashman for ruining what was until now a perfectly innocent nursery rhyme in my mind. You’ve just gone and used it in a wonderfully twisted mystery crime novel that is as far from innocent child’s play as possible.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY is the second book in the DI Rosalind Kray series and it’s as enthralling as the first one. The story is plotted really well. There are plenty of twists that take you in unexpected yet understandable directions.

Again, Ashman uses the formula of telling the story in dual points of view – Roz’s and the killer’s. We understand why the killer has chosen his path, and I admit to feeling a level of sympathy for his plight.

It’s up to Roz and her team to follow the clues. These professional relationships are new and tenuous, so there is not yet the build-up of trust found in other police procedurals; we often find Roz using her own intuition when making decisions about which direction the investigation should head. Once again, she is stymied by her superiors. It works well here, but I hope this is not something the author chooses to rely on in future books in this series; Roz cannot be right about everything all the time.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY is a gripping read that I devoured in one day. I highly recommend it.

About The Author

Author of the Mechanic Trilogy and frustrated chef. Husband and father to two grown up daughters. Liker of beer and Prosecco and occasional dancing.

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