Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Review - Girl 4 by Will Carver

Product description

Detective Inspector January David has always put his professional before his private life, but the two worlds are about to clash horrifically as he visits his latest crime scene. He is confronted by a lifeless figure suspended ten feet above a theatre stage, blood pouring from her face into a coffin below. This gruesome execution is the work of an elusive serial killer.

Three women from three different London suburbs, each murdered with elaborate and chilling precision. And as January stares at the most beautiful corpse he’s ever seen, he detects the killer’s hallmark.

But Girl 4 is different: she is alive – barely. And January recognises her…


This book is written from the viewpoint of several people. Each person having their time to talk. Murder victims talk about what it was like for them before their death and Detective Inspector January David tells the story from his viewpoint, on the trail of a serial killer. This very serial killer even gets a voice.

The chapters are kept short to accommodate this style and it keeps things fairly fast paced.

It took me a few chapters to get used to the chopping and changing of viewpoints on such a regular basis, but once I had, I found I really enjoyed the different style I was reading.

The climax is lengthy and I couldn't put the book down for the last 100 pages. I'm not sure how I felt when it ended as it wasn't what I expected, but I will definitely buy another January David book.

If you're a crime reader and you want to try a different style, I'd recommend giving this a try and pushing past the first few chapters if you struggle with the style - though you could easily take to it straight away. It's a great read.


  1. Sounds interesting - yet another to be added to my TBR pile, which just get longer every damn day. Can't wait until Christmas!

  2. Yep, it does sound interesting. I don't read many crime books but this is intriguing.

  3. Sarah - I take it Christmas is when you get an ereader, or a huge pile of books! My TBR pile, like yours just keeps growing.

    Lynda - It is very cleverly written for a crime book. A good read.

  4. I don't read a lot of crime, but this does sound interesting.

  5. Sounds pretty cool. I like changing it up a bit. And I LOVE short chapters! lol :)

  6. Talli - It's not your typical crime novel, you may well enjoy it.

    Pk - I also love short chapters. They keep you going and keep things interesting. It's a good read.

  7. Thanks for the review Rebecca - and curse the Buy now with 1-click button! It has arrived on my Kindle... off to read.

  8. Wow, Bee, you've downloaded it! Let me know what you thought of it. :)