Last Request by Liz Mistry is a gripping contemporary murder suspense that I just could not put down. I read with heart racing as I sped towards the conclusion.
A serial killer is on the loose in Bradford. The reader ‘hears’ the killer’s voice from the murky depths. I was clueless to guess who it was.
The literary device of pathetic fallacy is employed as the weather becomes as murky as the action.
Cold case files mingle with present day crimes as the police battle to solve them and the clock ticks down.
The lines between the criminals and the cops blur as characters put themselves on line for their families.
As the criminals wander the streets of Bradford, the reader is surprised by the depths to which some will stoop.
The location of Bradford was familiar to me as our daughter has lived up there for several years. It was therefore easy to picture the settings.
The story was gruesome at times. It is well written and thought out, keeping me glued and guessing as my jaw dropped.
The main character is likable with her rough and ready street demeanour. Family means everything to her and she goes to lengths to protect her loved ones.
Last Request is not a book for the faint hearted. If you read to escape and are of a sensitive nature, this book is not for you. There are themes and language some readers will not be able to stomach.
I think Last Request would translate well into a television drama. It would be up there with Silence Of The Lambs.
Last Request was an excellent murder suspense that consumed my mind as I tried and failed to work it out.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.