Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Angel Maker by Alex North


Title: The Angel Maker
Author: Alex North
Publisher: Celadon Books
Release Date: February 28, 2023

A dark, suspenseful new thriller about the mysteries of fate, the unbreakable bond of siblings, and a notorious serial killer who was said to know the future.

Growing up in a beautiful house in the English countryside, Katie Shaw lived a charmed life. At the cusp of graduation, she had big dreams, a devoted boyfriend, and a little brother she protected fiercely. Until the day a violent stranger changed the fate of her family forever.

Years later, still unable to live down the guilt surrounding what happened to her brother, Chris, and now with a child of her own to protect, Katie struggles to separate the real threats from the imagined. Then she gets the phone call: Chris has gone missing and needs his big sister once more.

Meanwhile, Detective Laurence Page is facing a particularly gruesome crime. A distinguished professor of fate and free will has been brutally murdered just hours after firing his staff. All the leads point back to two old cases: the gruesome attack on teenager Christopher Shaw, and the despicable crimes of a notorious serial killer who, legend had it, could see the future.

I was excited to read The Angel Maker. Even better was getting the audiobook narrated by Rosalie Craig!

What was the novel about? Hmm..I guess first we have to talk about the main characters.

First, there is Katie Show she is a mother, a little overprotective but she knows that bad things can happen when you are not careful. She might be having marital problems because of all her worrying.

Her brother Chris Show has been estranged from her. He was an addict. He had a lot of self-esteem issues growing up. In the year 2000 when he was a young boy, he was attacked by a man, Michael Hyde who was driving a red car. The man doesn't know why he decided to attack him. For Chris, the scars on the inside are much worse than the scars on his face and body.

Third, there is detective, Laurence Page. He will be the cop involved in solving the murder of professor Alan Hobbes. Detective Page has a link to the Shows. He was one of the officers in 2000 who were there after the attack on Christopher.

Alan Hobbes used to be a philosophy professor who wanted his students to decide if things were all predetermined or not. He also had the biggest collection of items owned by the Angel Maker serial killer, Jack Lock. The question is why?

Truly an enjoyable thriller. I was worried about who was going to survive the evil that was lurking and I was hoping for both Chris and Katie to survive.

The novel does make you wonder if you believe in fate or in free will. Maybe a little bit of both?

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Celadon Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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