Author – JG Alva
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime
320 Pages @ Amazon
Rating - four stars out of five Posted 5/21/2016
Tattoo contains some cursing plus torture scenes, necrophilia, and grisly, gory acts of murder.
My impressions: borders on horror, intense, frightening, gruesome, imaginative, well written.
Sutton Mills is the main character, a mysterious enigma who has a knack for locating missing people.
Dr. Robin Sails is a psychotherapist whose sister is abducted, presumably by the Head Hunter.
A serial killer nicknamed The Head Hunter is leaving decapitated, tortured bodies of young women around Bristol, England. Clues from the killer are provided in the form of tattoos inked on the arms of the corpses.
Sutton agrees to search for Dr. Sails abducted sister. Of course, she insists on tagging along and gets in his way at every turn.
As Sutton runs down leads, he is followed then attacked. Then some of the people he contacted and interviewed suddenly disappear. Working with policeman Sean Bocksham gives Sutton access to information he otherwise wouldn't be privy to. The overriding question of the story is whether Sutton will find Robin's sister before she loses her head.
Editing is fair to good; the author consistently uses passed in place of past, a minor easily fixed error if he'd check a dictionary.
Character development is thorough and above average. Details are abundant and the plot, while gruesome and horrifying, is excellent and well thought out.
Several questions that arise are left unanswered. Near the end Sean questioned why he wasn't alerted of a need for police intervention. Robin had supposedly been calling him frequently, but no explanation was given for the discrepancy.
For readers who aren't turned off by the abundant violence and perversion, I recommend Tattoo for an intense, scary read.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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