Murder makes monsters of people. Prosper Snow knows that better than most. Now he’s back on the trail of another serial killer, only this time there’s far more to the case than meets the eye. Thwarted at every turn, Prosper unwittingly uncovers a human experiment more monstrous than anything he could ever imagine. Now the only way to crack the case is to work from the inside and join a shadowy government agency that operates outside the law. Only he might be too late as the experiment has spiralled out of control.
I feel sorry for Prosper Snow, he never seems to escape the trappings of his past. Caught up in the twisted games of a serial killer, in The Kult. Where the trappings of his friendship drove Prosper to the point of breaking not only his sanity, but also his career and his personal life. Killers is set not long after the Events of Kult, and see’s Prosper coming to terms with what he did.
Things don’t look good for him, there is a serial Killer on the loose again, and a shadowy Government agency, who knows too much about Prosper for his liking, wants Prosper to head up their investigation. Soon Prosper is on the trail, and the trail will lead to secrets and revelations , that no man should face.
The Kult was a cracking read, and I highly recommend that you read it as well in fact it made my top ten of the year, yes it was that good. So how does Killers compare? Killers is one of those books that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. Shaun, builds on the foundations of the first novel, tight plotting, believable characters and some great set pieces, and turns it up to Eleven. Where The Kult was a rather claustrophobic personal tale, Killers has a much wider feel, more action orientated. That’s not to say that characterisation has been sacrificed. Prosper’s personality has added layers, and his friend Wolfe is given a much bigger role to play in the novel. And when the twist is revealed it will have leave you stunned.
The revelations as to who and what the serial killer represents are truly chilling, and the final act of the story will have you at the edge of your seat wishing you had more than ten fingers to bite the nails from. In the hands of a less talented author the final act could have come off as a bit contrite, but Shaun manages to keep it feeling believable, exciting and most of all fulfilling. Who knows what the future holds for Prosper? But I can’t wait to find out
This is a great book, and it firmly reinforces Shaun’s place as a writer of top notch thrillers.