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He leaves his victims fighting for life, And with the mark of death... After old remains resurface in a heatwave, a young woman is attacked and left fighting for her life in hospital. 24 hours later she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. When another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of He leaves his victims fighting for life, And with the mark of death... After old remains resurface in a heatwave, a young woman is attacked and left fighting for her life in hospital. 24 hours later she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. When another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton. His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of his lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?


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He leaves his victims fighting for life, And with the mark of death... After old remains resurface in a heatwave, a young woman is attacked and left fighting for her life in hospital. 24 hours later she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. When another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of He leaves his victims fighting for life, And with the mark of death... After old remains resurface in a heatwave, a young woman is attacked and left fighting for her life in hospital. 24 hours later she dies and a deadly tattoo is discovered on her body. When another young woman disappears, Detective Francis Sullivan and his team fear a serial killer walks the streets of Brighton. His team identify a suspect, Alex Mullins, son of his lover, Marni. Can Francis forget their shared past and save the next victim before it is too late?

30 review for Her Last Breath

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    A brilliant follow up book which I although it's hard to believe it was even better than the first. It's a bit gruesome in places but not over the top. I love the leading character Detective Francis Sullivan, he has his faults but the job always comes first. and when finds himself faced with two murders in quick succession he realises that they have a serial killer to catch. I love the author's style of writing it sucks you in and doesn't let you go while the very last page.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Her Last Breath, the second novel set in Brighton to feature DI Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend, Alex Mullins, for help after being attacked. She is rushed to hospital but sadly dies the next day. After her death a strange tattoo is found on her back and this makes Alex the prime suspect. When another girl with links to Alex disappears he becomes the only suspect. I would like to thank Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for an advance copy of Her Last Breath, the second novel set in Brighton to feature DI Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend, Alex Mullins, for help after being attacked. She is rushed to hospital but sadly dies the next day. After her death a strange tattoo is found on her back and this makes Alex the prime suspect. When another girl with links to Alex disappears he becomes the only suspect. Francis isn’t as convinced as the rest of the team of his guilt and Marni will do anything to clear her son’s name. Her Last Breath is a roller coaster of a read with incident upon incident and a well concealed perpetrator which will appeal to many readers. I found it compulsive in parts but not enough to say I loved it. I found it a very choppy read with its constant switches between characters and the insertion of chapters about a young girl called Aimée which have no relevance until the denouement just seemed like a distraction. Having read the whole novel they are given much more prominence than they deserve. The murder plot is well conceived and executed but it gets bogged down in extraneities, mainly interpersonal relationships and the court case from the previous novel. This latter means that there is no going back to The Tattoo Thief after reading this one. The balance is not right for my tastes. The characters are very well developed so the reader gets to experience their highs and lows along with them. This is fine if you like them but try as I might I really don’t like Marni, finding her impulsive and too quick to jump to conclusions. It’s harder to get a handle on Francis as his life seems to be one long confrontation with his workmates, his sister and Marni.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Romanticamente Fantasy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Elena81 - per RFS . Siamo a Brighton e l’ispettore Francis Sullivan viene contattato in seguito al ritrovamento di una ragazza gravemente ferita: Natasha Brady. La vittima, appena diciassettenne, è stata violentemente picchiata e seviziata e non solo: su mani e piedi presenta dei segni simili a stigmate e tra le scapole le è stato fatto un tatuaggio molto particolare, tre righe in stile gotico e lingua Latina: “Clavos pedum, plagas dura, Et tam graves impressuras Circumplector cum affect” A lanciare l’ Elena81 - per RFS . Siamo a Brighton e l’ispettore Francis Sullivan viene contattato in seguito al ritrovamento di una ragazza gravemente ferita: Natasha Brady. La vittima, appena diciassettenne, è stata violentemente picchiata e seviziata e non solo: su mani e piedi presenta dei segni simili a stigmate e tra le scapole le è stato fatto un tatuaggio molto particolare, tre righe in stile gotico e lingua Latina: “Clavos pedum, plagas dura, Et tam graves impressuras Circumplector cum affect” A lanciare l’allarme è Alex, il fidanzato di Tash, contattato da lei dopo l’aggressione. Una volta ricevuti i primi soccorsi, la ragazza viene trasportata d’urgenza in ospedale, dove piano piano sembra rispondere alle cure. Sullivan riesce a farle qualche domanda a cui lei risponde a fatica, per il grave stato di shock in cui versa. Partono le indagini e si apre una caccia all’uomo, ma purtroppo Tash, 24 ore dopo l’aggressione muore. Il primo sospettato è Alex Mullins, il fidanzato, poiché viene riferito che i due innamorati avevano avuto una discussione in un pub. Inoltre le telecamere del lungomare hanno ripreso Tash che andava via e dopo poco, lui dirigersi nella stessa direzione per cercarla. Dall’autopsia risulta che nell’inchiostro impiegato per il tatuaggio era presente la Tassina, un veleno altamente pericoloso, che se assorbito dall’organismo in grandi quantità può rivelarsi fatale. Passano i giorni e le indagini si trovano a un punto morto fino a che non viene ritrovata un’altra ragazzina, Sally Ann Granger, migliore amica di Tash. Stessa tipologia di aggressione, stesso stile di tatuaggio che cita “Quit sum tibi responsurus, Actu vilis corole durus?” Sullivan capisce che che le frasi sono tratte da un brano del corano di Buxtehude, quello che non gli torna è cosa rappresentino per il killer. Una volta trasportata in ospedale anche Sally Ann viene sottoposta alle cure necessarie ma viene ritrovata nel suo sangue la stessa sostanza ed i medici, in preda allo sconforto, non possono fare altro che attendere che il veleno porti a termine ciò che il killer ha iniziato… Wow che meraviglioso thriller! Alex è il personaggio che più mi ha colpita e per cui ho provato subito “simpatia”. I genitori di Tash scoprono della sua relazione con la figlia solo in ospedale, nonostante i due giovani stessero insieme da circa sei mesi e fossero veramente innamorati. Tash ha preferito tacere perché, conoscendo il modo di pensare della famiglia, sapeva che non avrebbero mai acconsentito. Figlio di genitori con un passato un po’ burrascoso, entrambi tatuatori e soprattutto… nero! Una famiglia benestante come quella della ragazza, chiusa di vedute e molto attenta al giudizio degli altri, non lo avrebbe mai accettato! La madre di Tash è talmente convinta che lui sia il responsabile della morte della figlia da convincere una delle amiche a dichiarare alla polizia che lui l’avesse colpita tempo indietro, in seguito ad una discussione. Insomma, quale colpevole migliore di un ragazzo nero proveniente da un’umile famiglia? Scritto benissimo, in maniera fluida, scorrevole e super coinvolgente, questo romanzo non lascia nulla al caso, niente è insignificante o irrilevante. In più passaggi vengono menzionati episodi relativi al libro precedente “Il Tatuatore” che io non ho letto, ma vengono rispiegati in maniera molto semplice e diretta, in modo che non vi siano “momenti di vuoto”, come spesso accade quando si leggono delle serie collegate, partendo dal secondo volume. Spero vivamente che l’autrice decida di proseguire con le avventure dell’investigatore Sullivan perché a mio modesto parere è da primo in classifica nel suo genere.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    http://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com... Un seguito che non mi aspettavo (non seguivo le notizie) e alla cui notizia ho reagito con gioia. Sono davvero grata per l'esser finita in questo Review Party (che mi ha permesso di scoprirlo) e leggerlo in anteprima per potervene parlare. Ci troviamo un anno dopo le vicende raccontate nel primo volume, ovvero "Il Tatuatore" (trovate la mia opinione quì). Ritroviamo i protagonisti che avevano reso così avvincente quella storia, eppure qualcosa è cambiato, http://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com... Un seguito che non mi aspettavo (non seguivo le notizie) e alla cui notizia ho reagito con gioia. Sono davvero grata per l'esser finita in questo Review Party (che mi ha permesso di scoprirlo) e leggerlo in anteprima per potervene parlare. Ci troviamo un anno dopo le vicende raccontate nel primo volume, ovvero "Il Tatuatore" (trovate la mia opinione quì). Ritroviamo i protagonisti che avevano reso così avvincente quella storia, eppure qualcosa è cambiato, nonostante serva un'altra indagine per farli rincontrare. Ahimè, essendo abbastanza collegati, potreste leggerli separati, ma ve lo sconsiglio. Vi spoilereste il primo volume e temo che alcuni dettagli potrebbero creare confusione. Anche questa recensione contiene Spoiler, quindi se non avete letto "Il Tatuatore" non andate oltre. Una ragazza viene brutalmente aggredita, seviziata e lasciata morente. In meno di ventiquattr'ore muore in ospedale. La polizia si ritrova a passare da un caso di aggressione ad uno di omicidio. Ad investigare ci sarà ancora l'ispettore Francis Sullivan con la sua squadra, ma c'è un problema. Il principale sospetto è il fidanzato della vittima. Ovvero, Alex Mullins, il figlio di Marni, la tatuatrice che ha aiutato Francis nelle precedenti indagini e quasi diventata vittima del "Ladro di Tatuaggi". A complicare il tutto ci si mettono anche problemi familiari, che danno modo ad un elemento della sua squadra di cercare di farsi notare, per prendere il posto di Francis. Di più non voglio dirvi. Come il precedente, avremo una visione corale della storia attraverso molte voci, da Francis, ad Alex, a Marni, fino ad alcuni agenti di polizia ed altri. Persino l'assassino ci darà alcune tracce di sé, ma rendendo difficile capire chi sia e perchè stia facendo questo. Un thriller davvero interessante e che in pochissime ore si divora. Adrenalinico quanto basta per tener il lettore attaccato alle pagine, mescolando abilmente colpi di scena e rivelazioni, con parti della vita privata dei vari personaggi che danno loro spessore. Una scrittura leggera, che permette di scorrere velocemente capitolo dopo capitolo l'indagine, senza appesantirci mentre si arriva alla rivelazione finale. Un secondo capitolo di una serie che promette bene, anche se è difficile capire dove l'autrice troverà spunto per un prossimo capitolo (o magari più d'uno?!). Staremo a vedere. Nel frattempo, se avete amato "Il Tatuatore", non potete farvi scappare questo seguito. Una piccola nota stonata: il titolo! La Newton in questo pecca clamorosamente. Infatti era il precedente volume da noi chiamato "Il Tatuatore" ad essere in originale "The Tattoo Thief" (ovvero "Il Ladro Di Tatuaggi", che si collega perfettamente alla trama), mentre questo era "Her Last Breath" (ovvero "Il Suo Ultimo Respiro", riferendosi ad una donna per l'uso di "her"). Non ha alcun senso questo titolo. Mi spiace, ma ci sono rimasta davvero male. Poteva essere di tutto, ma questo non ci sta proprio.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Ne Il ladro di tatuaggi ritroviamo tutti i personaggi che avevamo conosciuto ne Il tatuatore. Stesse dinamiche, stessa narrativa. Un giallo piacevole.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louise Mullins

    It took me a while to get into this story, but I found it very well drawn out when I did. There was a blooper in Chapter Sixty-Five: WPC's have not existed since the nineties and this book is based in 2017. A PC is a Police Constable, whatever their sex. I felt rather distanced from the characters in this novel, some of their motivations and behaviours didn't ring true or weren't fully explained. However the plot had an interesting concept and an original route that kept me intrigued throughout, It took me a while to get into this story, but I found it very well drawn out when I did. There was a blooper in Chapter Sixty-Five: WPC's have not existed since the nineties and this book is based in 2017. A PC is a Police Constable, whatever their sex. I felt rather distanced from the characters in this novel, some of their motivations and behaviours didn't ring true or weren't fully explained. However the plot had an interesting concept and an original route that kept me intrigued throughout, so it deserves four stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    This book is the second in The Tattoo Thief series, and although the story can be read as a standalone, there is a lot of history between the characters which was regularly mentioned. I enjoyed the story and read it fairly quickly, but I felt at times it got a little frantic and implausible. The narrative jumped around quite a lot, and regularly jumped back to Aimee in 1982. I understand why these chapters were included but while I was reading them they felt a bit excessive. Similarly, the This book is the second in The Tattoo Thief series, and although the story can be read as a standalone, there is a lot of history between the characters which was regularly mentioned. I enjoyed the story and read it fairly quickly, but I felt at times it got a little frantic and implausible. The narrative jumped around quite a lot, and regularly jumped back to Aimee in 1982. I understand why these chapters were included but while I was reading them they felt a bit excessive. Similarly, the history of Marni and her ex and his twin, I felt were just a bit unnecessary. The main plot, the killer in Brighton was really good, and very unique, and I feel like the book would have been much more enjoyable to read if there was more of a focus on that and the police work involved.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Giovanna Conte

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Picken

    Her Last Breath is the Brighton set sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring D.I. Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Though it’s not completely necessary to read The Tattoo Thief first, I’d recommend doing so as the reader will get more from the book as a result. I left The Tattoo Thief thinking that Francis and Marni made something of an odd couple and so it wasn’t entirely surprising when I discovered that as Her Last Breath begins, the two are not together. That’s one of the things Her Last Breath is the Brighton set sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring D.I. Francis Sullivan and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Though it’s not completely necessary to read The Tattoo Thief first, I’d recommend doing so as the reader will get more from the book as a result. I left The Tattoo Thief thinking that Francis and Marni made something of an odd couple and so it wasn’t entirely surprising when I discovered that as Her Last Breath begins, the two are not together. That’s one of the things I like about Alison Belsham’s books; her characters are not predictable or cliched. Marni has gone back to her ex, Thierry, and is preparing to give evidence at the trial of the nasty perpetrator of the Tattoo Thief killings; not something she is looking forward to. Then Tash Bradley, the girlfriend of Marni’s son, Alex is found murdered – and Alex is squarely in the frame. When the police discover that tattoos have a role to play in this and then in subsequent murders, things do not look good for Marni or her family. Francis, meanwhile, is dealing with family issues, or rather failing to deal with them. His work ethic is enabling him to keep an emotional distance from everyone he cares about, including his sister and yet he is still finding himself at odds with his boss and one or two of his colleagues. Francis is unconvinced that Alex is the serial killer the police are seeking; lack of evidence has something to do with that, but his boss is concerned that they make a fast arrest and Francis is out on a limb as he refuses to arrest Alex without corroborating evidence. Additionally, he needs Marni to turn up for her court testimony and he’s pretty sure she’s not going to do that if he locks Alex up. All of this is impacting negatively on Marni who has worries of her own. Not only is she concerned about Alex, but she suspects Thierry is cheating on her again and there’s another serious thorn in her flesh that she can’t deal with easily. Told from multiple points of view this is a gripping read that holds the attention. Alison Belsham quickly draws the reader into the pages of the book and she wastes no time in getting to the action. Well plotted and with a deftly concealed perpetrator, Her Last Breath offers an opportunity to get to know the central protagonists better; though Francis wrestles with the personal and does his best to remain a closed book. As a reader, you really do want to help him to unbutton a little, but he is slow to trust and is his own worst enemy. It is Belsham’s distinctive voices and excellent characterisation that really make her books work for me. These are fully fleshed, well-drawn people that I can visualise and whose actions always run true to their character. So, while I’m not sure I like Marni Mullins, I know what she’s been through and where her heart lies and why Francis is drawn to her. The murders themselves are suitably fiendish and grisly and there’s more than one surprise in store as this fast-paced and thrilling police procedural progresses. Verdict: Excellent storytelling, with a well-defined sense of place and a beautifully creepy atmosphere. Some very twisted moments create a real sense of tension and some well laid surprises really hit their mark.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Le cercatrici di libri

    Avevo già letto e recensito il precedente libro di questa autrice e quindi non ho voluto perdere l’occasione di leggere anche questa seconda opera che fin dal titolo riecheggia in modo evidente al primo volume di quella che sembrerebbe essere una promettente serie. L’autrice sarà stata in grado di far crescere i personaggi e mantenere le promesse de “il tatuatore”? Andiamo a scoprirlo insieme. La Blesham ha deciso di sfruttare lo stesso schema narrativo del primo libro e quindi anche in questo Avevo già letto e recensito il precedente libro di questa autrice e quindi non ho voluto perdere l’occasione di leggere anche questa seconda opera che fin dal titolo riecheggia in modo evidente al primo volume di quella che sembrerebbe essere una promettente serie. L’autrice sarà stata in grado di far crescere i personaggi e mantenere le promesse de “il tatuatore”? Andiamo a scoprirlo insieme. La Blesham ha deciso di sfruttare lo stesso schema narrativo del primo libro e quindi anche in questo caso ha lasciato che fossero i diversi personaggi a raccontare la storia ognuno con il proprio personale punto di vista. Al racconto presente si intercalano, inoltre, capitoli in cui è l’assassino a rievocare i fatti del proprio passato che l’hanno indotto a iniziare una serie di omicidi. Personalmente questa scelta mi era piaciuta un anno fa e forse l’ho apprezzata ancora di più nel libro attuale perché gli scorci della vita dell’assassino hanno aumentato di fatto la suspense e la mia curiosità. Pur mantenendo un comune filo conduttore sui tatuaggi l’autrice è riuscita a diversificare i due romanzi di fatto senza cadere nel “già letto”. Ho inoltre apprezzato il fatto che in questo libro si trovasse un epilogo giuridico alla storia precedente senza però ripercorrerla eccessivamente. I personaggi sono gli stessi: il detective Francis Sullivan, l’agente Rory Mackay, la tatuatrice Marni Mullins a cui si aggiungono personaggi che da secondari diventano principali, primo tra tutti Alex Mullins, il figlio di Marni. Tutti i protagonisti affrontano un percorso in salita di difficoltà, paure, diffidenza e crescita. Primo fra tutti Francis che rimane profondamente segnato dalla nuova serie di delitti oltre che da traumi personali e dal clima di diffidenza e minaccia che lo circonda. “Le domande si affollavano una dopo l’altra, tutte senza risposta. … Ne aveva viste di scene del crimine cruente, ma c’era qualcosa di profondamente malato nella scena che aveva davanti agli occhi.” In questo nuovo libro nessuno si fida di chi gli sta accanto e questo aumenta l’aura di sospetto e di fatto la suspense perché alla domanda “Chi sarà l’assassino?” se ne aggiungono capitolo, dopo capitolo molte altre ancora. Poco prima della rivelazione finale l’autrice lancia un evidente amo al detective che però Francis non coglie in quanto distratto da altri eventi…io però l’ho colto e questo mi ha coinvolta ancora di più nell’evolversi della storia. Personalmente questo libro mi è piaciuto molto e lo consiglio a tutti gli appassionati di thriller e soprattutto a tutti quelli che avevano già amato “il tatuatore”. L’unica perplessità che ho avuto è in merito alla scelta dei titoli che, personalmente, avrei invertito tra i due libri. Alla fine del romanzo Francis lascia decisamente una porta aperta per un futuro terzo capitolo della saga di Brighton, e questa volta l’autrice dovrà dimostraci di essere in grado di sapere mantenere una serie thriller che sappia continuare a stupire e tenere il lettore con il fiato sospeso. “Ripensò agli avvenimenti delle due settimane appena passate. Aveva combinato un bel casino. Ma almeno aveva salvato una vita. Aveva tolto un assassino dalle strade. E non era per questo, in fondo, che aveva scelto di diventare un poliziotto? All’improvviso rimpianse di non aver invitato Marni a bere qualcosa. Chissà cosa gli avrebbe risposto. Tirò fuori il cellulare dalla tasca e compose il suo numero.” Elena Barbieri

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Kelly

    A young woman is attacked and dies 24 hours later, despite being found and taken to hospital. A second young woman is then killed in the same way. A team of police officers headed up by Detective Francis Sullivan are racing against time to prevent the body count rising. Detective Sullivan also has to contend with family problems, a team member who disagrees with his decisions and feelings for the main suspects mother. When I read a book, I’m looking for characters that I feel something for, not A young woman is attacked and dies 24 hours later, despite being found and taken to hospital. A second young woman is then killed in the same way. A team of police officers headed up by Detective Francis Sullivan are racing against time to prevent the body count rising. Detective Sullivan also has to contend with family problems, a team member who disagrees with his decisions and feelings for the main suspects mother. When I read a book, I’m looking for characters that I feel something for, not necessarily liking them but some sort of feeling. And in a book like this, where you are racing against time, I want a book that creates the suspense, a build up to the ending. Did Her Last Breath deliver? Yes it did although I found it a bit of a slow burn initially. The book centres around Detective Francis Sullivan, Marni Mullins and her son Alex, Rory McKay, and a number of other characters. From the outset, I liked Detective Sullivan but I struggled a little with the relationship, or not, between him and Marni Mullins. It just didn’t quite ring true to me. Perhaps if I had read the author’s first novel, I might have felt differently. Thankfully, this didn’t affect my overall feelings on the novel. As for Marni’s son, Alex, I liked him. The way the author described Alex, how he felt about Tash, his emotions around finding her, these all felt realistic and I genuinely wanted him not to be the killer. Rory, one of Francis’ team, I am still not sure if I trust him and I can’t say I liked him in the book. But that I think was necessary to make the relationship between Francis and Rory work. What about the suspense? The diary entries intrigued me and I wanted to know how they were connected to the killings. Initially, the book was a bit of a slow burn but as the victims began to mount up and the race to find the killer sped up, I did get carried along with the suspense and wanted to find out who the killer was and whether he would be stopped in time. Wanting to know who the killer is, not wanting to put the book down until you find out - that is the sign of a good book. There are a number of references throughout the book to the events of the first book. I don’t think it is necessary to have read the first book but I do intend to go back and read the first book now. Overall, I would describe this book as a slow burn with a fast finish. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Orion Publishing Group - Trapeze, for the ARC. Well, I did on the one hand enjoy reading this book - mainly because of the unusual murder method revealed, and the frenetic, atmospheric activity which ensued towards the conclusion - on the other hand I felt there were questions, for me, left unanswered, and I thought the means of reaching the conclusion (no spoiler) were a bit too convenient. I haven't read Alison Belsham's previous book but as a standalone My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Orion Publishing Group - Trapeze, for the ARC. Well, I did on the one hand enjoy reading this book - mainly because of the unusual murder method revealed, and the frenetic, atmospheric activity which ensued towards the conclusion - on the other hand I felt there were questions, for me, left unanswered, and I thought the means of reaching the conclusion (no spoiler) were a bit too convenient. I haven't read Alison Belsham's previous book but as a standalone references were easy to follow. It's a hot (and sweaty - constantly referred to) August in Brighton. Tash (Natasha) Bradley is found under the pier with horrific injuries - a Latin script tattooed across her back, and holes in her hands and feet. Twenty-four hours later, for no discernible medical reason, she is dead. A few days later, Sarah Collins, working as a cleaner, is found in a similar state at the Aquarium. She too dies within hours. The main connection DI Francis Sullivan and his team can come up with is that both of the girls knew Alex Mullins - boyfriend to Tash and friend to Sarah. Except - there is no real evidence against him, but Sgt Rory Mackay is convinced he's the killer, after all, his mother Marni is a tattoo artist (well-known to DI Sullivan). There is office politics where Sgt Mackay is openly hostile to his DI's suggestions; DCI Bradshaw is openly hostile also to the lack of progress DI Sullivan is making, and someone on the team must be leaking information to Tom Fritz of the local Press. Yet DI Sullivan doggedly pushes on amidst a background of his troubled personal life around his mother and sister, and his previous relationship with Marni Mullins. The story throughout is told from the main characters' points of view in 2017, interspersed with narratives from the life of one Aimee, from 1982 which chart birthday milestones for her and what is happening within her family - abuse from her father, her mother dying of cancer, and an unsupportive older brother. I found these passages - although pertinent to the conclusion, eventually, to be rather tedious and excessive. I also found - although this was an attempt at an interesting back-story, the references and narrative regarding Marni's ex - Thierry, and his twin brother to be, well, rather by-the-by. Inconsequential. Overall, my stars are for the ingenuity of the murder method, that is the saving grace of an uninspiring and somewhat repetitive investigation and a too-convenient and inexplicable means to a conclusion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of them seemed a little bit pointless as they didn’t really add anything much to the story. The story wastold through the points of view of some of the characters, I’m not always keen when books do this as they flit back and forth but this wasn’t too bad and I managed to keep up. Set in Brighton with DI Francis and his team and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend after being attacked and is rushed to hospital, but unfortunately she doesn’t make it and dies the following day. This puts the boyfriend Alex Mullins under suspicion, when another girl linked with Alex disappears, he becomes prime suspect. Marni Mullins will do anything to prove her son is innocent, and DI Francis doesn’t believe that Alex is guilty either, despite the rest of his team thinking he is guilty. This is overall a really good read I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book before this one, but that is just my opinion. The characters are well rounded and if there are more books to come I’m sure we will get to know more about them, I love seeing characters grow over time. I would like to thank netgalley and Trapeze publishers for letting me have an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of This being the sequel to Alison Belshams The Tattoo Thief, I did feel a little bit behind, had I known it was a sequel I would have read the first one before this, especially as there were some references to the previous book, as well as the trial. However, that being said this is a good read, if you like your crime thrillers a little more on the gritty and gruesome side this is for you. A cosy mystery this is not. A police procedural book, thriller. There are quite a few characters, some of them seemed a little bit pointless as they didn’t really add anything much to the story. The story wastold through the points of view of some of the characters, I’m not always keen when books do this as they flit back and forth but this wasn’t too bad and I managed to keep up. Set in Brighton with DI Francis and his team and tattoo artist Marni Mullins. Tash Bradley phones her boyfriend after being attacked and is rushed to hospital, but unfortunately she doesn’t make it and dies the following day. This puts the boyfriend Alex Mullins under suspicion, when another girl linked with Alex disappears, he becomes prime suspect. Marni Mullins will do anything to prove her son is innocent, and DI Francis doesn’t believe that Alex is guilty either, despite the rest of his team thinking he is guilty. This is overall a really good read I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book before this one, but that is just my opinion. The characters are well rounded and if there are more books to come I’m sure we will get to know more about them, I love seeing characters grow over time. I would like to thank netgalley and Trapeze publishers for letting me have an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Bella

    Ci risiamo!immergiamoci in un nuovo caso che non farà dormire il detective Francis e la sua donna murder. Ma questa volta e davvero più complicato perché non solo si deve di nuovo a che fare con uno spietato e violento assassino tatuatore come nel primo libro ,ma avra anche a che fare con la sua vita privata che và a rotoli ,con i auoi sentimenti cosi altalenanti e la sua rudezza apparente e sopratutto i suoi sensi di colpa.Questa volta un sospettato d eccellenza ,nonchè il figlio della sua donna Ci risiamo!immergiamoci in un nuovo caso che non farà dormire il detective Francis e la sua donna murder. Ma questa volta e davvero più complicato perché non solo si deve di nuovo a che fare con uno spietato e violento assassino tatuatore come nel primo libro ,ma avra anche a che fare con la sua vita privata che và a rotoli ,con i auoi sentimenti cosi altalenanti e la sua rudezza apparente e sopratutto i suoi sensi di colpa.Questa volta un sospettato d eccellenza ,nonchè il figlio della sua donna ! Ritmo buono e questa volta devo dire che il secondo libro mi ha preso più del primo ,bella anche la parte del pensiero dell assassino che ti immergera in un passato che ritorna prepotente e violento. Come già detto prima ritroveremo gli stessi personaggi già incontrati bel primo libro "il tatuatore". Questo libro vi farà arrabbiare,commuovere e riflettere. Finale da me intuito ma bello ugualmente e pieno di azione e suspance . E chissà se ci sarà un terzo capitolo della serie? Cercami su Facebook o instangram recensioni libri con amore

  16. 5 out of 5

    janine

    A fast paced, gritty, exciting thriller that has you gripped! I was slightly worried before reading as I hadnt read the first in the Tattoo Thief series but even though there are alot of references to the previous novel and the characters, you can read this as a stand alone. It can get confusing at times as the chapters are written from the POV of so many characters, you need a clear head to fully immerse yourself and keep on top of everything that's going on. One of my only negatives to this book A fast paced, gritty, exciting thriller that has you gripped! I was slightly worried before reading as I hadnt read the first in the Tattoo Thief series but even though there are alot of references to the previous novel and the characters, you can read this as a stand alone. It can get confusing at times as the chapters are written from the POV of so many characters, you need a clear head to fully immerse yourself and keep on top of everything that's going on. One of my only negatives to this book is that if you have read the previous book it gives away the whole story so you know the identity of the perpetrator BUT that's purely down to the fact I hadnt read the first in what I'm sure will become a series. 3* Thank you to netgalley and Orion Publishing for the ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Orion Publishing Group - Trapeze, for the ARC I loved this book. I had read the Tattoo Thief previously so the characters I knew from the start. The story is gritty like the first book and part of it is still around tattoos which I have a passion about. The story was very different from the last book and did make the characters move on. I will not give anything away, but I did guess who the murderer was as I had an inkling halfway through and was glad I was on My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Orion Publishing Group - Trapeze, for the ARC I loved this book. I had read the Tattoo Thief previously so the characters I knew from the start. The story is gritty like the first book and part of it is still around tattoos which I have a passion about. The story was very different from the last book and did make the characters move on. I will not give anything away, but I did guess who the murderer was as I had an inkling halfway through and was glad I was on the right track. You do not need to read the first book to read this one but I would first. I now need to have a third book. Please keep the series going, it is nice to find a new author and really enjoy the books. I would highly recommend

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angie F

    This is an exciting, fast paced crime thriller which had me gripped from the very first page. I love the fact that the various chapters were told from the point of view of half a dozen different characters. This made.me feel as if the story was happening in real time which really ramped up the suspense. It also gave a really good insight into the personalities of the cops, useful as the author obviously plans to write a series around this particular team. My only complaint is that this, the This is an exciting, fast paced crime thriller which had me gripped from the very first page. I love the fact that the various chapters were told from the point of view of half a dozen different characters. This made.me feel as if the story was happening in real time which really ramped up the suspense. It also gave a really good insight into the personalities of the cops, useful as the author obviously plans to write a series around this particular team. My only complaint is that this, the second book in the series, gave away the plot of the previous one including the identity of the perpetrator. I hadn't read this and had there not been so many spoilers I would have bought it immediately but as it is I probably won't bother. Review posted on Goodreads and Amazon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Floriana Amoruso

    https://labibliotecadellibraio.blogsp... Letto e recensito da Iaia L'ispettore Francis Sullivan deve far luce su una serie di omicidi molto particolari. Le vittime sono giovani donne che subiscono delle vere e proprie torture e sulla schiena il killer fa dei tatuaggi scrivendo dei versi in latino. Il primo sospettato è Alex, che stava insieme alla prima vittima, ma non hanno prove che possano giustificare la detenzione. Alla fine tutto si chiarirà. E' un buon giallo che crea il giusto pathos. La https://labibliotecadellibraio.blogsp... Letto e recensito da Iaia L'ispettore Francis Sullivan deve far luce su una serie di omicidi molto particolari. Le vittime sono giovani donne che subiscono delle vere e proprie torture e sulla schiena il killer fa dei tatuaggi scrivendo dei versi in latino. Il primo sospettato è Alex, che stava insieme alla prima vittima, ma non hanno prove che possano giustificare la detenzione. Alla fine tutto si chiarirà. E' un buon giallo che crea il giusto pathos. La dinamica delle indagini mi ha lasciato un po' stupita: se da un lato l'ispettore ha seri dubbi sulla colpevolezza di Alex, dall'altro lato c'è una collaboratore di Sullivan che è un po' troppo precipitoso nel volerlo arrestare. Alla fine il killer sarà preso, mi sono rimasti però dei dubbi su come una vicenda si sia risolta così velocemente e senza spiegazioni. Sui thriller sono molto puntigliosa e spero sempre di trovare le soluzioni che mi soddisfino, ma in questo libro sono rimasta con delle curiosità. Comunque nel complesso lo consiglio a chi ama questo genere.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colette Lamberth

    I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that’s an image that’s hard to ignore and I know I would be lifting it off the book shelf to read the blurb. This is book two in what I understand is to be a trilogy. Ideally this should be read as a follow on to The Tattoo Thief as there is a continuation in the story as well as the same main characters. Again the murders are linked to tattooing and I have to congratulate the author for her creativity in that respect. I’m already wondering how I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but that’s an image that’s hard to ignore and I know I would be lifting it off the book shelf to read the blurb. This is book two in what I understand is to be a trilogy. Ideally this should be read as a follow on to The Tattoo Thief as there is a continuation in the story as well as the same main characters. Again the murders are linked to tattooing and I have to congratulate the author for her creativity in that respect. I’m already wondering how she will work that into book 3. I didn’t figure this one out and I’m pretty sure I fell for every red herring the author offered.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Defective Francis Sullivan is on the case of a young girl who has been mutilated and tattooed with poisoned ink. Soon another girl is found and the suspect is a young man called Alex. Alex’s mum was involved with Francis and is determined to prove he didn’t kill anyone. I hadn’t read the first one in this story but I soon gathered what was going on and that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison Valentine

    This is a sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring again DI Francis Sullivan and Tattoo artist Marni Mullins. This time its Marni's son Alex that is under suspicion on murdering is girlfriend Tash. Tash is found by Marni and Alex after she phoned him saying that she had been attacked, when they arrive at Bristol bandstand they find Tash bleeding out from a stab wound to her side but that's not all, Tash has been tattooed across her body. Then it happens again to someone else that Alex knows, is he This is a sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring again DI Francis Sullivan and Tattoo artist Marni Mullins. This time its Marni's son Alex that is under suspicion on murdering is girlfriend Tash. Tash is found by Marni and Alex after she phoned him saying that she had been attacked, when they arrive at Bristol bandstand they find Tash bleeding out from a stab wound to her side but that's not all, Tash has been tattooed across her body. Then it happens again to someone else that Alex knows, is he really the killer and can Francis prove otherwise before the killer strikes again?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Thank you to Orion publishers and NetGalley for this advanced copy of the latest Alison Belsham novel Wow what can I say but what a superb second novel. ‘This is a fantastic sequel to The Tattoo Thief featuring Marni , Francis and the rest of the team. You are gripped from the opening pages to the last. It is really well written and the characters and the story come alive before your eyes. Cracker of a read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tamsin Preece

    I haven’t read this authors previous work and in this case I think it would have been useful. There was a lot of detail from the previous book included which now prevents me from going back and reading it- what’s the point when I know most of what happened? This book was an interesting enough story, but I didn’t find it particularly gripping, nor did I have especially deep feelings for any of the characters. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Nelson

    Her last breathe was a very powerful read for me. A poisonous ink tattoo killer is out to get as many women as he can but no one can work out who he is or why he is going it. With some theories & wild guesses it isn't who it seems. This story had me hooked from the beginning. I couldn't put it down. The characters were easy to know & some were getting on my nerves. The ending didn't disappoint. It had a lot going on but no clue of how it would turn out. 5 stars for me

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zubeth

    This was a well written mystery with a wide variety of characters. The murders were definitely of the more gruesome variety. The story felt like a more realistic portrayal of a police investigation in comparison to other books I have read. I did feel that the story was told through too many different points of view but a great read nevertheless.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Debnam

    A very good second book and equally as god as the first When Tash Bradley is attacked and later dies a strange tattoo is found on her body, Alex her boyfriend soon becomes the prime suspect due to his relation to a tattoo artist What follows is the trials and tribulations of a mother trying to prove her sons innocence and the police trying to find the killer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Divorato in un solo giorno.. Anche se avevo intuito chi potesse essere l'assassino già da metà libro, questo non ha diminuito la voglia di continuare a leggere o la suspense che ha saputo creare l'autrice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annie Curtis

    A great and sometimes startling read Really enjoyed this second book. Some characters are carried over from The Tattoo Thief and I really enjoyed their development. A real page turner!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mairi

    A solid police procedural thriller. I hadn’t realised that this was a sequel to an earlier book. There were a lot of references back to the former novel - which mean that I wouldn’t go back to read it. Some twists and turns and the method of murder was an unusual one.

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