It’s always exciting to find a new Author that can grab your attention, with a thoroughly well written and entertaining story. I really enjoyed the extra detail the Author has added to this story with the medical terms, and this shows with his own background as a Doctor. We all read for pleasure, but learning something in a book, just adds another element to it. There is a great balance with this story between a very dark killer, and the good guy detective that has his own issues. The ‘Giver’ built his Laboratory over the last six and a half years. He truly believes with his knowledge and skill, that he will make a name for himself, and being a genius there is no doubt that he will achieve greatness. He’s reprogramming DNA, and this normally wouldn’t be a problem, it’s just that he is obtaining the stem cells by ripping out unborn babies from their pregnant mothers, and without their consent. His ultimate goal is the clone a human, and without the government approval required, the ‘Giver’ is sure he can succeed. Not that the Government would condone human sacrifice to achieve this goal. With medical crimes on the increase, a new Division of Medical Crimes is set up. A fairly new homicide detective Dr Chris Ravello is put in charge of the DMC. He decided after the brutal way in which his mother was killed, that he would change careers from being a Doctor, to a homicide detective. His first case is not going to be an easy one, with what looks like a serial killer on the loose. Young females are turning up with their stomach cut to pieces, and their uterus’s missing. This is definitely not some killer intent on just killing and dumping the body. He’s certainly a sick individual intent on butchering his victims. The police don’t realise that they have one of the only surviving victims of this killer. April has been recused by a couple of patrolmen that found her gagged and tied up. When she is finally interviewed by them, she has very vague recollection of how she ended up in this predicament. Even if April is having the odd flash back, she’s very keen to get away from the police. Being an exotic dancer, she’s well aware that her boss wouldn’t appreciate all the media attention this is going to attract. It probably would have been much better for her health to stay with the police. From start to finish this was a very enjoyable story, and standout for me is edgy characters that keep you guessing. If you enjoy Thrillers, then you will love this book.
Doctor/detective Chris Ravello is on the trail of a particularly heinous serial killer and it quickly becomes personal for him. A star lost because of the way a couple of the detectives treated a victim. I hope that is not the case in real life.