The Winter Killer – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Winter Killer

Author:- Alex Pine

Date published:- will be published on October 13th 2022

No. of pages:- 379 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 4.5/5

Christmas has arrived in Cumbria, and wedding bells are ringing.
But an ice-cold killer is waiting in the fells…

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, DI James Walker receives a phone call that puts paid to his Christmas break. During the wedding of the year at a lakeside hotel, the bride’s sister has vanished.

When Rachel left the wedding breakfast before her speech, newly-wed Libby was furious. But as the night went on with no sign of her maid-of-honour, Libby started to realise something was very, very wrong…

Before the wedding night is out, the lake is being searched for a body.

Something old, something new. One guest is a killer. The question is: who?

The most chilling crime thriller you’ll read this winter, perfect for fans of Catherine Cooper’s The Chalet and Simon McCleave’s The Snowdonia Killings – and anyone who prefers their mince pies with a side of murder.

Needless to say, I am actually addicted to this series!

The story starts with a wedding that is held in a hotel during the Christmas week. During the weeding, the bridesmaid, Rachel who also happened to be the bride’s younger sister went missing after a drunken argument. Within few hours, Rachel’s body was found, beaten to death. One of the guests at the wedding must be responsible for the murder and nearly most of the wedding guests had been not getting along with Rachel.

From start to finish, I was really gripped by this thriller. Though it is DI James Walker series, the author somehow introduces all the main characters at the beginning of the story so if you are a first time reader of the series, then you would get to know the characters before hand! I like the fact that the author did a good job of making the reader feel like they are a part of the story and I was really hooked into the story from the start to finish. The ending was completely unexpected and overall, this was a fast paced thriller filled with twists and turns and unputdownable.

If you are looking for Christmas thrillers or love reading Christmas thrillers, then this one is for you–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Alex Pine is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written books under the names Jaime Raven, James Raven and JP Carter. He was born and raised on a council estate in South London and left school at sixteen. Before long, he embarked on a career in journalism, which took him all over the world – many of the stories he covered were crime-related. He then became a television producer and for a number of years was director of a major UK news division and co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in Hampshire and Spain with his wife.

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