Having read ‘The Nightmare Place’ I couldn’t believe that I’ve not read anything by Steve Mosby before. This is one of the best crime thrillers that I’ve read this year and at times it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
DI Zoe Dolan is part of a team trying to catch ‘the creeper’. He stalks attractive, successful, single young women and attacks them in their homes in the middle of the night. But no-one has yet worked out how he is gaining access to the houses. The attacks are ferocious and they are escalating.
Jane Webster is a timid young woman, but she has built up her courage to volunteer on a confidential phone helpline. Her natural empathy makes her excellent at this job. Then she receives a call from a man claiming responsibility for the creeper attacks. Despite the helpline being confidential, she feels obliged to report the calls to the police. But are the calls a hoax? Are the police taking Jane seriously?
With Zoe and Jane both trying to find out more about the creeper before he can strike again, the creeper starts to turn his attention to those chasing him.
About half way through the book it looked like the creeper was about to be caught. But this was only the beginning of the nightmare.
Throughout the story, we get insights into Zoe’s background. She started life on the wrong side of the tracks but with help from her mentor – retired detective John Carlton, managed to break free from her past – maybe.
All the characters in this story were excellent. There were a number of sub-plots in the book which were brilliantly tied together in the end.
This story had me on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter (which completely creeped me out). Early in the book I was a bit confused with the different points of view, but once I got to know the different narrators this worked very well.
I’m keen to read more from Steve Mosby. I’m currently waiting on his new book ‘I Know Who Did It’ and plan to read some of his older books as well.
Book Published 2014