Two victims. Brutally murdered in their own home. Body parts taken.
D.I. Graves is back on the case to face his toughest challenge yet. A case with no motive and no suspect, nothing at all that could explain why someone would kill innocent people in such a way.
Then the next victims are discovered. Another pair of bodies. New body parts taken. Again in their own home.
Someone is breaking into houses across the city at night, leaving horror in their wake. It seems to Graves that this could be two serial killers, working together. But how are they choosing their victims? Is any house in London a target? Is anyone safe?
To make matters worse, a journalist is threatening to cause more harm than good with her obsessive push in covering the story to further her career, and someone is targeting Graves personally, seeking revenge against him in relation to an old case.
Can Graves keep himself safe long enough to stop the serial killers before they strike again?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for From Inside the House by WD Jackson-Smart. When I heard that Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours was organizing this one, I jumped on it! Who doesn’t love a good serial killer story with seemingly innocent victims? I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint!
There was a lot I loved about this book but first things first. I know… there’s something to be said for books that are a slow burn but… patience is not my strong suit. There is nothing like starting things off right in the thick of it. The first few pages flew by with just the right amount of gore factor and I’m happy to report that was only a hint of things to come.
As for our DI Graves (Yes, Graves! But I grew up in a town with dentists named Dr. Hurt and Dr. Payne so I know anything’s possible.), I liked him. He’s dedicated and smart but also quite human. Like the rest of us, he’s doing the best he can while working through some things. Not the least of which is some residual effect from The Demons Beneath. And while From Inside the House is completely suitable as a stand-alone, I wish I had read The Demons Beneath and definitely plan to do so in the future. The rest of the characters were well-rendered and well-developed even in cases where I did not find them entirely likable.
As for the plot, I won’t giveaway spoilers but I thought it put a pretty interesting spin on things. We’ve all read lots of serial killer books with obvious suspects and tired motives. This is NOT that book.
If you like your crime fiction full of twist and turns with a healthy sprinkling of (appropriate vs. gratuitous) gore, I highly recommend From Inside the House. (Pro tip: It’s free on Kindle Unlimited right now.) I’m very glad to have discovered WD Jackson-Smart’s writing. I would very much look forward to reading his future work.
Many thanks to Damppebbles Blog Tours and Panther Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.