#BookReview The Advent Killer (DCI Antonia Hawkins Book 1) by Alastair Gunn

A killer taunts the police in London after murdering three women at 1 am on consecutive Sundays. Dubbed The Advent Killer by the media can acting DCI Antonia Hawkins stop the death toll mounting before tarnishing her promising career?
There are reasons why I tend to be less enthusiastic than I used to be about crime thrillers. Unless it’s really something out of the ordinary these serial killer crime fiction books become much of muchness. In this case I had successfully guessed who the killer was quite early on and found the journey to his detention meandering and laboured rather than gripping and suspenseful.

Even DCI Hawkins political power play with her bosses failed to intrigue but I kept reading anyway hoping there would be something that turned the tide for me in the book, which unfortunately didn’t happen.

The Advent Killer for me was not a bad read but was not a particularly memorable one in its genre.

Links To Book:

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  1. I like your honesty. I think that is a hard character trait to practice. I would almost rather not review a book than to be honest if I didn’t like it. 🙂 Good for you!

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      1. Could be, but it’s a fine line. If you are not honest, then your posts do not carry value. I wonder about doing those. I haven’t had too many. Generally I can find something good to say, but if others read the book based on my recommendation and hate it, then what? Maybe an honest review sent personally with a rating of 2 or 3, then they choose whether or not they want you to post it. Either way, you lose a friend. 😦


      2. Personally I don’t hold it against anyone if they didn’t like a book I loved and I do actually read bad reviews of those books to gain perspective. I have very little in common with someone who would unfollow/unfriend if they don’t like my review as I enjoy seeking out different perspectives.

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      3. Very good point. I always read other reviews as well. I wasn’t thinking of unfollowing or unfriending exactly. You do an excellent job of reviewing and have an excellent reputation. 🙂

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      4. Thank you, I have no idea about my reputation, but the blog is a labour of love and I have shied away from posting reviews of books I have not enjoyed, but maybe I should post these more often.

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      5. It’s hard to know. You risk offending the writer, but maybe they will appreciate the honest feedback and improve. Or possibly it could be in a post where you write about writing – what works and what doesn’t. I think you work harder at your blog because it IS a labor of love. 🙂

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      6. I feel if criticism is constructive and given alongside honest praise most authors are humble enough to accept it. The really successful ones probably won’t care what I think, but if I can encourage one individual with self-doubt to keep going, then this blog would have been worth the time I spend on it.

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