Published on 14 July 2016 by Simon and Schuster UK and available here
Seven days after being abducted, the body of a twenty-year-old woman is found on a green patch of grass by the Los Angeles International Airport. She has been left with her limbs stretched out and spread apart, placing her in a five-point human star.
The autopsy reveals that she had been tortured and murdered in a most bizarre way. But the surprises don’t end there. This killer likes to play, and he left a note lodged inside his victim’s throat.
Detective Robert Hunter, who leads LAPD’s Special Section, Ultra Violent Unit, is assigned the case. But almost immediately a second body turns up. Hunter knows he has to be quick.
Surrounded by new challenges as every day passes, Detective Hunter finds himself chasing a monster. A predator whose past hides a terrible secret, whose desire to hurt people and thirst for murder can never be quenched – for he is DEATH.
My review of the previous book in the series: An Evil Mind
Shaun (Chris Carter’s biggest fan) has also reviewed I am Death at Book Addict Shaun. I am eternally grateful to Shaun for getting me into Chris Carter’s books.
Sometimes only a desperately dark, heart-stopping psychopath will do. Fortunately there is Chris Carter for all our bookish evil serial killer needs. The latest Chris Carter is ‘I am Death’, featuring his super intelligent and rather lovely Detective Robert Hunter. This is the seventh in the series. This was just what I needed!
Robert Hunter works for the Ultra Violent Unit, in the LAPD, with his sidekick Garcia. He is soon on the case of a violent, sadistic killer at work in the city. Robert is able to use his profiling and massive intellectual abilities, to get into the mind of the twisted and damaged individual. He is very good at seeing the underlying messages and clues, left by killers.
Young women are being taken, mutilated and murdered in the most horrific ways. The killer leaves a note with the words ‘I am Death’ written in blood. When the Mayor receives a letter and a chilling photo, the pressure on Hunter starts to build. The killer is escalating, killing one woman in the city per day. Simultaneously, we hear the story of a young eleven year old boy kidnapped and brutalised by an older man. Will the boy, nicknamed Squirm, ever escape his nightmare?
Chris Carter is the king of brutal chilling crime, with enough detail to send your imagination to terrifying places. There is no doubt about it. He is the master of nightmares. We get a killer, who would challenge Hannibal Lector in the seriously deranged category. Carter pays homage to slasher movies, at one point and tries to scare the living daylights out of us with the use of DIY equipment, in another scene. All well executed! Brutal and shocking. At the same time, we find out enough about the past and inner workings of our killer to see him as a victim. He chooses that evil path, yet he is a product of so much suffering. It is no wonder that our psychopath turned out the way he did. We also get to know the poor unfortunate victims and their histories. Carter well and truly plays us and on our emotions
I recommend this book for anyone who needs a dollop of intense scary dark crime, with a twisted serial killer. The squeamish should stay well clear and stick to stories with kittens in them. Chris Carter comes with a warning. At the end of the book, you will be craving even more! The perfect summer read!