BY KAREN LONG
Genre: Mystery / thriller / crime
Eleanor Raven Series: 2
VAULT: A large room or chamber used for storage of valuables, especially an underground one…
In the unrelenting heat of the Toronto summer, a fire at a land-fill site uncovers the remains of a local prostitute. But the post-mortem reveals disturbing details –the body has been preserved and is not who or what it seems.
DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she’s carrying deep scars – mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
As Eleanor battles her own demons, it looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruesome human collection. And Eleanor’s fight to save the last victim of the Collector becomes a battle to save herself.
Praise for the first novel in the Eleanor Raven series:
Most fictional detectives these days have to have a ‘thing’ to set them apart from the others, and Raven’s is one of the most original for a long time. The plot moves in some unexpected directions, and builds to a genuinely exciting climax. The Safe Word is an impressive, confident debut. Convincing characters and some nice twists make for a compelling, satisfying thriller, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for Eleanor Raven. Killing Time
This is my first brush with Eleanor Raven and my only regret is that I had not read The Safe Word first. Although The Vault can be read as a standalone there were times that I really felt I it would have liked to have begun Eleanor’s journey from the start.
A burnt body is discovered after a fire on a landfill site triggering a police investigation. But this is no ordinary corpse, it is one that has been preserved. Returning to duty after recovering from her last case Eleanor’s investigations lead her on an interesting trail to find not only the identity of the woman but her killer.
This is a detailed, sometimes horrific story and not for the squeamish. Having said that, it is a very compelling read. Raven, as with most fictional crime solvers, doesn’t always follow the rules. She’s a clever maverick; a complex character constantly battling her own demons. Back from recovery, monitored by her employers she always seems to be on the brink of being pulled off the case. It’s a story filled with twists and turns which will definitely keep you reading. I loved both Eleanor’s character and Karen’s writing which is slick and professional in its detail. A worthy five stars from me…and now off to download The Safe Word.
ABOUT KAREN LONG
Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.
She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.
Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website KarenLongWriter.com, where she posts regular blogs.
The Safe Word is Karen’s first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, later joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault. Karen is working on the third novel in the series.
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