Book reviews

Perfect Crime by Helen Fields – Book Review


Highly recommended’ JAMES OSWALD

‘Deliciously dark and gritty’ CAROLINE MITCHELL

Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

An unstoppable crime thriller from the #1 bestseller. The perfect read for fans of Karin Slaughter and M. J. Arlidge.




This is Book 5 in the Callanach and Turner series by Helen Fields and is set in Edinburgh .

This is delves deeper into the lives of the two main characters and their team, from the senior officer who is a real character…

The story is fast paced, with plenty of twists in this well written, gripping novel. It’s about a series of murders that have been stage to appear to be suicides. Ava sees past this and it really becomes a race against time to stop the murderer from finding more victims. While it’s quite easy to guess who the killer is, this in no way spoils the tale at all, if anything I felt it added to the tension.

The likeable frisson between Ava and Luc is a nice aside and there’s the will they won’t they element…(a bit like Castle and Beckett)..

The second story in amongst the murders in is about  Luc’s pursuit of his mother’s attackers and this causes them both problems as they go against protocol and put themselves and others in danger.

An overall gripping and dark police procedural…..will be looking out for more in the series.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

due for publication April 2019