Book Review for SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD by Ashley Dyer

Carver and Lake Series, Book 1
William Morrow
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A serial killer thriller packed with lies, twists, and turns.

SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD is the first in a new series by the writing duo Ashley Dyer and let me tell you, I am hooked! This book has it all. It gave me all the elements I crave when reading a mystery. The edge of your seat suspense, the slow building tension, and never knowing what is the truth coupled emotion brought in by the characters made it addictive.

Splinter In The Blood

What I loved about this particular story is the way the author(s) brought together the more analytical way to investigate a crime with the obsession and human response to the murders as well as the attempted murder. This balance makes the whole narrative come across as very real. It is messy at times, and I loved that. In addition, the serial killer having a voice at point in the story freaked me out, but in the best way possible. The tidbits thrown into mystery not to mention a lot of misdirection enhanced the suspense.

If this is any indication of what is to come in the Carver and Lake series, I can’t wait for the next book.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


A propulsive debut suspense novel, filled with secrets, nerve-jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold-blooded murder, in which a police officer on the hunt for a macabre serial killer is brutally attacked, and only his partner knows the truth about what happened—and who did it.

After months of hunting a cold-blooded murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him. Yet instead of calling for help, she’s rearranged the crime scene and wiped the room clean of prints.

But Carver isn’t dead.

Awakening in the hospital, Carver has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer. Though there’s no evidence to support his claim, Carver insists the attack is retaliation, an attempt to scare the detective off the psychopath’s scent, because he’s getting too close. Trapped in a hospital bed and still very weak, Carver’s obsession grows. He’s desperate to get back to work and finally nail the bastard, before more innocent blood is spilled.

One person knows the truth and she’s not telling. She’s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates. It doesn’t matter that Carver and the rest of the force are counting on her, and that more victims’ lives at stake. Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she’ll cross every line—sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life—to keep it from surfacing.

Utterly engrossing and filled with masterfully crafted surprises, Splinter in the Blood is a propulsive roller-coaster ride, filled with deception, nerve-jangling tension, perplexing mystery, and cold-blooded murder.

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About the Author: Ashley Dyer is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy is founder of Murder Squad, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and a former Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has also been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. She has published nine psychological suspense novels under her own name, including Darkness Falls and Weaving Shadows, and a trilogy of forensic thrillers under the pseudonym A.D. Garrett.

Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Forensics. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, Crime Scene Manager and Crime Scene Co-ordinator. As a Crime Scene Investigator, she examined over 10, 000 crime scenes, ranging from thefts and fires to rapes and murders. Later, as a Crime Scene Manager and Co-ordinator for Durham Constabulary, she supervised CSIs in over 50 major incidents. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of crime, from simple thefts, to murders and terrorism. An author in her own right, Helen has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. She is a judge for the CWA’s Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant to both the Vera and Shetland TV series, as well as Bancroft.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 400 pages
Series: Carver and Lake Series (Book 1)
Publisher: William Morrow (June 12, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062797670
ISBN-13: 978-0062797674

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