Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Book Review - Dead Eyed by Matt Brolly

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Title: Dead Eyed
Author: Matt Brolly
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 3rd September 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case…

Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work.

The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling-card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, twenty-five years ago.

Now the long-buried case is being re-opened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list…

Michael Lambert has been off work for 2 years, after a personal tragedy, and hadn't been planning on returning to work as a DCI anytime soon, until his best friend Simon receives some harrowing pictures, which show a victim similar to the Soul Jacker murders over 20 years ago. 

This is enough to galvanise Michael back into action, and he starts his own investigation, not completely alongside the investigating officers. He manages to get information that the ones working on the case don't and it becomes apparent that this case is personal to Michael. 

There are a few suspects, but I will admit I had an inkling half way though, and although being highly surprised at the finale, I had pegged who the serial killer was. There are a lot of gruesome details in the murders and scenes of crime, which are mildly disturbing. 

I found the story telling to be easy to follow, and had a good sense of urgency in the crimes being solved. I love reading about police officers and their thoughts about the crimes, and how to piece them together, and this one was baffling, especially with regards to motive. Sarah May is great officer, in charger of her first big case, and she and Michael seemed to have a healthy regard to each other. 

This is a good debut book, and I am looking forward to the next in the series, which I believe is out early next year. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Carina for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 


  1. I think this might be one for me. :) Loving the cover, btw! Thanks for sharing, Rachel! xx

    1. I think you may be right Sheryl. This sort of thing normally appeals to your dark side!

  2. I don't rush to read murder mystery, but every now and again I dip a toe into this genre pool. I think I'd enjoy this book.

    1. Always nice to read a murder mystery occasionally.

  3. I like a good mystery although it might be too gruesome for my taste. Angela Britnell


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