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When Angels Sleep

 

Second novels are notoriously tricky to write. Especially when your debut novel received critical acclaim and glowing reviews from your peers in crime fiction, with Peter James describing you as ‘a thrilling new talent’. Mark Griffin has done the rare thing of writing a second novel that is EVEN BETTER than his first book (When Darkness Calls) though, with even more twists, more pace and more spine-chilling creepiness. When Angels Sleep is the second thriller in the gritty, London-based crime series featuring clinical psychologist Holly Wakefield and DI Bishop of the Met Police – a pair who are tasked with catching the most dangerous serial killers in the city. If you love Luther and Line of Duty, this crime series is for you – it’s gritty, nail-biting and a little bit gruesome. The serial killer that Holly and Bishop are faced with in this book is one that is targeting young boys and leaving their bodies in the woods, arranged in a pristine and peaceful way as if they are angels sleeping. Creepy, right? Mark Griffin’s experience working in script writing and as an actor shines through in his cinematic writing and the sharp, fast-paced plots, and what I particularly love about this book is that we get chapters from the perspective of the killer interspersed throughout Holly and Bishop’s investigation. These unnerving snapshots into the twisted mind of a psychopath gave me goosebumps and they add to the fascinating clinical psychology angle of the thrillers. If you read and loved When Darkness Calls, believe me when I say this new book in the Holly Wakefield series smashes it out the park. And if you haven’t read Mark Griffin yet . . . what are you waiting for?

Hannah Wann