Meet Jessica Blackwood, FBI Agent and ex-illusionist.
Called in because of her past to offer expertise on the mysterious ‘Warlock’ case, Jessica must put all her unique knowledge to the test as the FBI try to catch a ruthless killer.
Needing to solve the unsolvable, and with the clock ticking, they’re banking on her being the only one able to see beyond the Warlock’s illusions.
Angel Killer is an enjoyable and easy read; a summer read if ever there was one either in paperback or kindle, all you have to do is choose your preference!
Knowing that the author had history as a magician made the read a little bit more tantalising every time a magic trick or an illusion was mentioned. I expected the author to give away dark secrets and although he insinuated and teased at how they were done, nothing is given away – I guess that’s the magician’s code for you! Nonetheless that never detracted from the thrilling story and its characters.
The fact that Jessica Blackwood is a former magician gives the book an extra dimension. Although she’s initially sneered at by her new colleagues she does manage to turn things around to a certain degree. Fame comes a calling but for the wrong reasons, it’s a fame she doesn’t want or need at this particular time in her career but she handles it well.
I really enjoyed the magic element and the tie in with the murders is well thought out and apart from a few slow sections the book really moves along at a good pace, a real page turner. It keeps you interested and entertained and I can see a fair bit of mileage with Jessica Blackwood and her problem solving. She’s not your usual feebie agent or detective, she definitely brings something new to the table. She’s driven, enthusiastic and determined to succeed.
Characterisation was good and it will be interesting to see where certain relationships go in the next instalment as the book ends in a rather open ended fashion leaving the door well and truly open for a sequel. If I had any criticism at all I found the end reveal a little rushed, I would have preferred it a little more drawn out but that’s just a personal preference.
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to read Andrew Mayne’s work but with Jessica Blackwood as a protagonist I can see the franchise going from strength to strength. I definitely want to know what happens next and although I don’t expect any rabbits in hats I do expect another thrilling instalment.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher:Faber & Faber; Main edition (8 Oct. 2015)