#allthebookreviews – Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer

Serial killer thrillers will always draw the #allthebookreviews duo in!

Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD – Ashley Dyer (out now!)

This is the start of a new series and we’re so excited to see where this one goes.


Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Hot damn! I do so love a debut novel that keeps me guessing RIGHT TIL THE VERY END!  I legitimately had no idea who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed.  Ashley Dyer is the pen name of Margaret Murphy and Helen Pepper in their debut book written together.  Gotta say, I absolutely loved it.

The intricacy of why the Thorn Killer is named the Thorn Killer and how the victims are killed absolutely fascinated me.  I won’t go into details as this is all slowly revealed throughout the course of the novel.  Carver and Ruth both have their own issues and are clearly flawed.  I’m still unsure how I feel about Carver but Ruth…. she’s got spunk, pizzazz and isn’t afraid to go against the grain.  I absolutely adore her.

I actually did not even pay attention to the fact that this was the first in a series until after I turned that last page and thought to myself, “Self, but what happens now?  Ruth has all those… and Carver still needs to… I need more information please!”  Then I saw it was a series and sighed a bit of relief – I’m really looking forward to learning more about Carver and Ruth and seeing what happens to them ahead.

I did think there were some parts that lulled, but quite honestly, that’s because I’ve been working 10-12 hour days and my mind is mush.  Then I would encounter parts where I was struggling to stay awake to read.  Ultimately, this one really perked my serial killer love.


My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

Whenever a new crime series comes out I’m always excited to be able to start from the beginning. SPLINTER IN THE BLOOD is book one to the Carver and Lake series, and man, talk about a debut. Ashley Dyer brings us a psychotic serial killer, gruesome murders, and a web of deceit as one detective tries her best to keep her secrets hidden.

Detective Greg Carver is found shot in his own home, and he is found by his partner, Ruth Lake. Why was she there? Why did she rearrange the crime scene, remove items, and wipe down all of the surfaces she touched? They suspect this is the work of the serial killer, dubbed the Thorn Killer, that Carver has been hunting down. By some kind of miracle, Carver survives, but when he wakes up in the hospital he has no memory of what happened.

Now Ruth is lead investigator on the Thorn Killer case, but she is willing to risk everything to keep her secrets hidden. Even if that means sacrificing her career, colleagues, and even more victims. What does she know? What truly happened to her partner that night?

There are so many questions throughout this thriller and Dyer did a fantastic job pulling the reader along. Despite being a 400 page book, I flew through it. The short chapters and changing perspectives keep the pacing up and pages flipping. We get to see through the eyes of Lake, Carver, and the Thorn Killer. I am always a fan of diving into the minds of the serial killers in these types of books, especially when the killer has such a unique method of torturing their victims. Tattooing them for days on end with a poisoned thorn. The suspense will hit you from page one and not let up until the explosive ending!

I can’t wait for more for Dyer about Carver and Lake!


What’s your favorite serial killer thriller?



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