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This is another novel in the Roy Grace series and it moves along at a cracking pace with many possible suspects to the most appalling murders.

You Are Dead begins with a phone call to Jamie Ball from his fiancée, Logan Somerville who sounds terrified. She has just driven into the underground carpark underneath their flat and a suspicious looking individual appears to be following her. The next thing Jamie hears is Logan screaming and her phone cuts out. Jamie immediately calls the police who attend the scene within minutes, only to find her car parked with the mobile phone inside and no sign of Logan anywhere.  Initially, suspicion falls on Jamie, but once he is ruled out Roy Grace and his team have a conundrum on their hands. Who would abduct Logan and why?

That same afternoon, workmen in another part of the city uncover the remains of a young woman who has been dead for 30 years. To begin with, these two events do not appear to be related, but then another woman in Brighton is abducted and yet another body from the past is found. Gradually, Roy Grace finds threads linking these events and is convinced that they have a serial killer on their hands.

In the meantime, a GP, Dr Edward Crisp, refers a patient, Harrison Hunter to psychiatrist Dr Van Dam for anxiety, frequent panic attacks and delusional tendencies.  At their first appointment Harrison Hunter tells Dr Van Dam he is an anaesthetist and enjoys killing people.  Also, he has information pertaining to the disappearance of Logan Somerville and he may be able to save her life.  However, he warns Dr Van Dam not to go to the police as he will no longer consider helping to save her life.

The killer makes another attempted abduction and, in so doing, makes a subtle mistake which assists the police with their investigation and ultimately brings about his demise.

How long will it take you, the reader, to spot the killer?

This was a hard book to put down, with many twists and turns and a great story line, well told in Peter Jame’s usual style.

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Laraine Fisher

Retired from Monash University, Faculty of Medicine as Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager and assisted the Dean with Policy documentation (2006). Went back to work part-time in 2008 for Michael Hill Jewellery as an Office Assistant for 3 years and then finished up to work with my husband part-time for a Labour Hire company as an Admin Assistant. Qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 1999 and worked as a counsellor for 12 months before being offered a full-time position at the Faculty of Medicine. Prefer reading : Murder/mystery thrillers with a psychological twist. Also enjoy novels well researched and based on history. My favourite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Gillian Flynn, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Lynda Le Plante, David Baldacci and Jodi Picoult.

  1. I only read non fiction.

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    • Hi Wendy
      Thanks for your comment. We are always looking for books which will interest our SAS community. What genres do you enjoy, biographies, true crime, history or??

      Would love your input so we can make the Book Club relevant to as many people as possible.xxK

  2. Thanks, Laraine. From your review, it sounds an interesting yarn. Pleased I do read fiction!

  3. Personally I think Peter James’s books have deteriorated. I have read all of them (and in fact we met him in Paris a few years ago in W H Smith giving a talk) and the early ones were great but he has gone over to the American style of thriller full of brand names, car chases, song titles,and blood and gore which I don’t like. His earlier books were not like that. They were well plotted and characters were well drawn and interestingly developed. Maybe it’s the way to make money these days. Give me Peter Robinson and Louise Penny any day.

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    • Wow lucky you actually meeting Peter James Jean.

      I find your assessment interesting because recently our library book club read a book by an author whose work we’ve enjoyed for many years, but this one just seemed to lose the usual edge. I wonder if the books are not as good or if our expectations are just too high? We were all quite disappointed and, in fact, a number didn’t even finish the book.

      Would love you to share your thoughts with the book club. K

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