Book Review - The Reaper

The Reaper - Steven Dunne

The Reaper (and the rest of the series) was recommended to me by a number of my friends. Due to these recommendations I bought the first book in the series. If I’m completely honest, I did put off reading this for quite a while, as I often struggle to get excited about crime novels, especially police procedural ones, which can often have too many characters to keep track of and don’t always delve deep enough into my psyche to satisfy me. However, The Reaper was surprisingly good. I found myself getting emotionally involved and it was very hard to put down, hence me reading it in only a couple of days.

I really liked the character of Detective Inspector Damen Brook. He wasn’t perfect, had family issues, and shared my experience of insomnia. He had depth to his character and just the right balance of imperfections and issues to make him feel real and believable. I rarely grow attached to the main characters in crime novels, and I think this may be why I fail to get excited about the next book in a series, but already I’m wondering what Damen will be involved in throughout book two and beyond.

The way Damen conversed with a particular bad character in this book, definitely made me think of Hannibal Lecter. The character was intelligent, and as a huge fan of Silence of the Lambs, I enjoyed the slight resemblance to how I believe Hannibal Lecter would have behaved in the same situation. I was glued to my Kindle screen with my heart beating a little faster than normal, eager to discover what would happen.

The Reaper gets a very good 4 stars from me and I highly recommend it to fans of crime and police procedural novels. You don’t want to miss out on this series!