Thursday 17 September 2020

The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck - Review

[AD/Gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck - 4/5 
"Helsinki: Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a brutal murder in  an affluent suburb.

A bestselling author's wife has been killed. But this is no ordinary murder: ritualistic and grisly, she is found dead dressed in a black evening gown, sitting at the end of an empty dining table, her face frozen in a bone-chilling smile. As more murders follow, each mirroring scenes from the  writer's Witch Hunter novels, it seems to be the work of an obsessive fan.

But Jessica soon realises this is not the work of one person. As the countdown begins to beat the killers to their next move, the motives seem far too personal. The hunt is on, but no-one is quite what they seem and as her own dark past comes to light, Jessica must battle her own demons while trying to catch the killers before they claim their next victim."

Oh wow, there is so much going on in this book.

Roger Koponen is the author of a series of Witch Hunter books. Whilst away at an event, his wife is murdered in their home in a style reminiscent of the murders in his books.

Jessica Niemi and the rest of the police department quickly try to find out what other deaths happen and how they happen, so they can prevent them.

The main bulk of the story, the investigation, is set over two days and it is jam packed. We also hear about Jessica's brief relationship that she had with a man named Colombano when she was visiting Venice when she was around 20 years old.

The plot is fantastic. The police officers are desperately hunting for clues to bring everything together and I thought I had it sussed quite early on. My head is still spinning with the amount of twists. So many parts shocked me. It touches on mental illness and the supernatural/the occult and I feel like that's all I can say without giving away too much!

It is set in Finland and I could just imagine it as a English-subtitled Netflix drama. It is a long book with short chapters so it is easy to fly through and it was great to get backstories of the police officers too. 
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