Originally published: 6 February 2020
Author: Helen Fields
Published by: Avon
Genre: Crime thriller
Page count: 395
Reading dates: 18-21 February 2020
He had never heard himself scream before. It was terrifying.
As soon as I see that Helen Fields has a new book out in this series, I get really excited. This series seems to go from strength to strength and Perfect Kill is no exception!
The story begins with Bart Campbell waking up in complete darkness. Drugged and kidnapped from his place of work in Edinburgh he soon realises he is in a shipping container. He arrives in France, where he is put in the boot of a car and taken to a room. Once there, he is being looked after with food and drink so has no idea why he has been taken.
DI Luc Callanach is back in France, temporarily working for Interpol while they try to trace human traffickers who are moving women around Europe. He is soon drafted in to an autopsy of a Scottish national, Malcolm Reilly who is missing all his internal organs.
Meanwhile back in Scotland DCI Ava Turner is juggling multiple cases, a shooting in a rough area of Edinburgh, the case of missing person Bart Campbell and women being brought into Scotland for sex slavery.
Before long, they realise that the victims being shipped to France are being traded for women trafficked to Scotland. Covering the seedy world of sex slavery and illegal organ trading, there are some truly shocking moments in this book.
Helen Fields has real talent for crime fiction. Not only are the crimes shocking and pretty gruesome, the police procedure is done really well. Because she also writes from the victims point of view, you really feel their despair and pain. Not for the faint hearted – she doesn’t shy away from any of the gruesome details! A thrilling read, I couldn’t put it down.
And because this is the 6th book in the series, I really feel I know the characters well. Luc and Ava and their relationship is just perfect – how Fields has managed to keep the “will they, won’t they” up for 6 books without it being cheesy or annoying is just amazing!
Start at the beginning and read this whole series – you won’t regret it!
I was lucky enough to hear Helen speak at a recent Waterstones event. I have to admit, I was a little star struck. She was interesting to listen to and I loved the fact her mother in law was in the audience and was horrified with where her daughter-in-law’s imagination takes her!
Many thanks to Sanjana and Avon Books for my review copy and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
About the author:
Helen Fields’ first love was drama and music. From a very young age she spent all her free time acting and singing until law captured her attention as a career path. She studied law at the University of East Anglia, then went on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London.
After completing her pupillage, she joined chambers in Middle Temple where she practised criminal and family law for thirteen years. Undertaking cases that ranged from Children Act proceedings and domestic violence injunctions, to large scale drug importation and murder, Helen spent years working with the police, CPS, Social Services, expert witnesses and in Courts Martials.
After her second child was born, Helen left the Bar. Together with her husband David, she went on to run Wailing Banshee Ltd, a film production company, acting as script writer and producer.
Helen self-published two fantasy books as a way of testing herself and her writing abilities. She enjoyed the creative process so much that she began writing in a much more disciplined way, and decided to move into the traditional publishing arena through an agent.
Perfect Remains is set in Scotland, where Helen feels most at one with the world. Edinburgh and San Francisco are her two favourite cities, and she travels whenever she can.
Beyond writing, she has a passion for theatre and cinema, often boring friends and family with lengthy reviews and critiques. Taking her cue from her children, she has recently taken up karate and indoor sky diving. Helen and her husband now live in Hampshire with their three children and two dogs.