The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh (2017)

The Killer on the Wall

When fifteen-year-old Isla Bell finds three bodies propped against Hadrian’s Wall, her whole world falls apart. In such a close-knit community, everyone knows the victims, and the man who did it.

Twenty years on and Isla has dedicated her life to forensic psychology; studying the brains of serial killers, and even coming face to face with the convicted murderer who turned her world upside down. She is safe after all, with him behind bars.

Then another body appears against the Wall.

And another.

As the nightmare returns and the body count rises, everyone in town is a suspect.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★½

One-Sentence Summary: A serial killer returns to Hadrian’s wall

Review: I’ve been a big fan of Emma Kavanagh’s previous thrillers and always look forward to getting my hands on her new novel once a year.

Like in Kavanagh’s previous novels, you get the story from multiple POVs, the two main ones being that of Isla Bell who found the original bodies as a child and grew up to be a psychologist studying serial killers. The second is that of a police detective, new to the area and determined to discover the truth and what went wrong with the original investigation. Seeing the investigation from these two strong but different women gave differing perspectives on the crimes and who might have done it.

However, unfortunately, overall The Killer On The Wall didn’t quite do it for me. It was slow going for the first two-thirds of the novel and therefore took me about a month to get through on and off. The last third is where the pace picks up and you start questioning everything you thought you knew in terms of the whodunnit element but even at the very end I feel like a certain amount of closure is missing and you and Isla are left without a satisfying answer as to why the serial killer killed the people (s)he did.


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