*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: A DCI Michael Yorke Thriller
A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilisation.
When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits.
And as Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again.
The Repenting Serpent is a true edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting page turner.
Another disturbingly dark crime thriller from Wes Markin as DCI Yorke and his team return, this time to track down a killer who has targeted one of their own. Unfortunately Lacey Ray has also returned and may be involved somehow – but is Jake willing to risk his happy family life to play her games?
I really liked the unusual theme running through this book, from the methods of murder to the killer’s personal quirks and relatively rare belief system. Markin has clearly done his research and the information is fascinating and really adds a distinct ‘flavour’ to the story. Be warned that there are some grim and gory details – not for the sensitive reader, or for reading whilst eating!
This is a police procedural thriller and is cleverly written to lead the reader first in one direction, then another, then back again as we race the team to try to work out who did it and who they’re after next. I can’t say too much more without spoiling things, but I will confess to being thoroughly hoodwinked at one point in the plot and wanting to kick myself at the reveal… I should have known!
There are a few references back to One Last Prayer for the Rays but nothing that affects the plot here, so the story can be read as a stand-alone book. Personally I prefer to read in series order and get the gradually building picture of the characters as they develop.
This series is ideal for fans of gritty serial-killer thrillers and while this particular plot is resolved within the book, the ending clearly points the way for more to come. Not good news for Jake, but great for us readers!
As he took the call, and listened to the unthinkable, he stared at Patricia. Even in this darkened hour, metres away, he knew she would see the horror in his eyes. She started across the room, knowing that when the call ended, she would need to be there for him.
As he murmured his farewells, she embraced him.
It was unusual for a man as experienced as DCI Michael Yorke to be so affected by evil, but when evil journeyed so close to home, as it had done tonight, no one was exempt.
He sagged in Patricia’s arms.
– Wes Markin, The Repenting Serpent
The Repenting Serpent is available on Amazon right now!
You can check out my review of One Last Prayer for the Rays, the first DCI Yorke thriller, here.