Tom Fabian is the central character is this book. I found out at the end that this is actually the second book to feature him and the first novel deals with the case that forms the basis for the plot in this book. It didn’t spoil this book at all not to have read the previous one.
Christopher Wisher is in prison for murder. He summons Fabian to visit him and hands him a diary. Fabian dismisses the diary as irrelevant but then Wisher commits suicide and bodies start to appear. Is there a copycat killer? Has Wisher manipulated someone into continuing his work?
Meanwhile, Fabian’s daughter is in danger too…
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and the characters are appealing and pleasant. The sense of danger that Tilly Fabian is in is a great narrative strand, giving an emotional side to contrast with the police procedure. There is also a personal side to Fabian and his police colleagues which I’m sure will be developed in later books.
I admit to feeling a little disappointed at the ending as it all wrapped up very quickly. However, the final chapter which hints at the future novels was a great hook to make me want to read more!
Title: THE SONGBIRD GIRLS
Author: Richard Parker
PUBLICATION DAY: December 19th