Splinter in the Blood (Carver and Lake #1) by Ashley Dyer

Splinter in the Blood (Carver and Lake #1)

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, Rut...


Details Splinter in the Blood (Carver and Lake #1)

TitleSplinter in the Blood (Carver and Lake #1)
ISBN9780062797674
Author
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Crime
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Reviews Splinter in the Blood (Carver and Lake #1)

  • Paromjit
    1970-01-01
    This is a intense blend of psychological thriller and police procedural set in Liverpool. Aside from a hunt for a sociopath serial killer, known as the Thorn Killer, there is the mystery and intrigue of the relationship between DCI Greg Carver and DS Ruth Lake, underpinned by distrust, lies, secrets and deception. Carver is the lead investigator of the killer who has tortured and killed 5 women, tattooing them painfully using a thorn as the stylu...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    Just WOW! What a story! What a ride! This debut novel blew me away! Hopefully this is only the first in a long series.Detective Greg Carver is on the trail of a serial killer ... The Thorn Killer. This killer grabs woman and spends days and days tattooing their bodies with a thorn, filled with poison. So far there have been 5 victims with no evident connection.Detective Greg Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Detective Ruth Lake...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    I am unsure whether this is pegged to be the start of a new series, but I really hope so because I thoroughly enjoyed it - I found the main characters to be divisively engaging and the dark undertone to the plot really did get under my skin.I liked this one for the way it was told - we start with a detective shot and his sergeant standing over him - but did she shoot him? If so why? That is the question and instead of going back in time we go for...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    Splinter in the Blood starts off strong with a woman covering up a crime scene. Why is Ruth Lake covering up a crime scene at home of her partner, Detective Greg Carver? And what will happen next?Reading this book feels a bit like starting to watch a movie in the middle or on a random page start a book. Not that the book has that confusing feeling. Instead, it feels like you are in the middle of an investigation and you get to know more about wha...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • KC
    1970-01-01
    In the first of a new series, partners Greg Carver and Ruth Lake have been chipping away for months on a case dubbed the "Thorn Killer", where female victims have been tattooed with thorns and poisonous ink. After Carver ends up shot in the chest, presumably by this psycho, Ruth must continue to work every angle hoping to catch a sadistic killer before any other victims are claimed. This a well done slow boil police procedural for those who have ...
  • debra
    1970-01-01
    4-5*s I really enjoyed this one. It was great on audio. Paromjit wrote an excellent review for this title. Read it! ; ))
  • Elaine Tomasso
    1970-01-01
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Splinter in the Blood, a police procedural featuring DCI Geg Carver and DS Ruth Lake of Liverpool police.The novel opens with a bang, almost literally, with Ruth removing a gun and cases files from Greg's house while he lies dead from a gunshot wound in his chest until she realises he isn't dead. With Greg rushed to hospital Ruth is left to lie to the investiga...
  • Christine
    1970-01-01
    Like Doctor Who, acclaimed author Margaret Murphy has regenerated. This time, Murphy has joined up with Helen Pepper in a brand new series, under the pen name Ashley Dyer. For those of you who do not recognise the name Margaret Murphy, check out A. D. Garrett, her brilliant and compelling forensic crime series. It is exciting to read Splinter in the Blood, from such an accomplished and talented crime writer.Splinter in the Blood follows the hunt ...
  • Chris Nolan
    1970-01-01
    Having read Margaret Murphy's books written as A D Garrett, I was very much looking forward to her new venture as Ashley Dyer, and it exceeded all expectations. DS Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver are investigating the murders of five young women in Liverpool and a breakthrough seems close when Ruth finds Greg shot in his flat. Both principal cops have interesting back stories and the plot is absolutely fascinating, full of twists and rapidly evolvi...
  • LJ
    1970-01-01
    First Sentence: A woman stands in the middle of Detective Chief Inspector Greg Carver's sitting room.Detective Greg Carter has been shot and critically wounded in his own home leaving him hospitalized and with amnesia. Fearing it may have been a suicide attempt, his friend and colleague, rearranges the scene and wipes it of fingerprints. But was it? Or was Carver shot by the target of months of investigation; the Thorn Killer, who kidnaps and tat...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    Typical detective/police mystery. There was something about the writing that I just did not enjoy. I felt we were just thrown into something without a good layout as to how the story got to where it was in the beginning. The main character could have been more likable if more time was spent explaining who she is as a person. Once I found out that Ashley Dyer is actually two authors writing together it made sense that the writing felt like things ...
  • Monika
    1970-01-01
    Jag tror jag gillade den här boken redan efter bara några meningar. Vi kastas rätt in i handlingen, in i en scen som kan betyda nästan vad som helst. Jag gillar verkligen tvetydigheten här. Den sätter igång fantasin och väcker intresset, minst sagt. Läs mer på min blogg
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    Summary from Goodreads:"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...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to William Morrow for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. 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 fo...
  • Anna Underground Broke The Camel's Back
    1970-01-01
    There have been several attempts over the years to settle upon the ‘rules’ of writing detective fiction. One rule almost universally agreed on, although phrased differently by different people, is: ‘The truth of the problem must at all times be apparent – provided the reader is shrewd enough to see it.’ And herein lies the great joy of the whodunit: sifting as you read, what is significant and what isn’t, which are the genuine clues a...
  • dracos99
    1970-01-01
    Me ha gustado mucho esta novela, me ha atrapado por su principio: una situación que parece muy clara y comprometida, pero que a lo largo de la historia, y con unos giros sorprendentes, pero muy bien llevados, acabamos conociendo lo que sucedió en realidad. Además, es una exclente novela de asesinos en serie!!
  • Christen Moore
    1970-01-01
    2018 has been a great year for the strong female lead character in crime fiction. At least every other book I have read this year features a new intriguing leading lady. From police officers, FBI agents, to tarot card readers and nannies, the list just keeps growing and I am loving it. Splinter in the Blood continues this wonderful trend. Dyer takes everything crime fiction readers love about serial killer thrillers and adds a refreshing twist....
  • Lady Delacour
    1970-01-01
    Very good Mystery,Guessing will keepyour head spinning.Shorter subplotswould have be welcomed.Listened with TTS.Clean except forFoul Language.
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    1970-01-01
    3.5
  • Kathi
    1970-01-01
    This book was insane - I was fully wrong about where it was going and I loved it.
  • Regan
    1970-01-01
    This one started off close for me and I almost DNF'd it. It seemed jumbled and didn't flow, but I stuck with it and am glad I did. It got better and better and the ending was a major page turner. Really great idea behind what was going on. I'll definitely read them again.
  • Mary Picken
    1970-01-01
    I chose this book to read entirely on the title; it sounded like my kind of book. A police procedural with lots of mutilated dead bodies, at first I thought this would be a gory psychological thriller. And it does have some of that, but overall, the strength of this book lies in the relationship between the protagonists and the multiplicity of twists and turns that have the reader following clues which lead to yet another suspect.DCI Greg Carver ...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    For months, a serial killer dubbed 'The Thorn Killer' has terrorized Liverpool, daubing victims with macabre tattoos over most of their body. With no tangible leads, Detective Greg Carver is living and breathing the case... until he is shot in his own home. Finding him in his armchair, the actions of his colleague Ruth Lake are more than suspicious. Instead of calling it in, she removes the gun, carefully wipes down surfaces and takes away Carver...
  • Deirdre
    1970-01-01
    Thank you, Goodreads for making me a winner in this Giveaway. And huge thanks to William Morrow for seeing that I received it. I have now met two very talented and knowledgeable British women who can certainly write successfully as one to create a compelling mystery/suspense novel. The given author Ashley Dyer is a composite of one award-winning crime writer and a past forensic scientist, lecturer, CSI and non-fiction award writer. Well, with bac...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    1970-01-01
    Splinter in the Blood is a combination of all I love in the mystery/thriller genre. It is a true whodunit with red herrings galore, a classic police procedural with the normal in fighting and competition for credit, and lots of psychological elements all melded into a terrific read. How could you not want to continue when the book opens with DS Ruth Lake holding a gun and standing in front of her dead partner DSI Greg Carver, in his apartment. Sh...
  • Daniel Sellers
    1970-01-01
    I loved this and read it really quickly. It's a great, high-concept thriller: part police-procedure, part high-stakes serial-killer thriller. The very idea is utterly irresistible in a bonkers and thrilling way. I really like the way it starts with a big riddle and then homes sharply in on a much more personal mystery relating to our central character in the very last paragraph … a nice arc to the story.There were a few particularly cracking se...
  • Samantha
    1970-01-01
    This is an excellent thriller that slowly unwinds as you follow a serial killer with a penchant for tattooing his victims. The novel is narrated through three different sets of eyes - Carver, a brooding and complex detective. Ruth Lake, a sergeant with a disturbing secret and the killer; hellbent on ruining Carvers life. It’s a novel that much resembles a tangled web, lots of characters overlapping and entangled with each other with a hint of s...
  • Michelle B
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was an brilliant book. Right from the outset I was grabbed wondering what on earth was happening - has DS Lake really just shot DCI Carver? If so why? It seems so unlikely. But if not, why was she holding the gun and why did she remove the evidence? It is not just the opening that is good, the pace and tension is kept throughout the book. The characters are developed so well. I hope this is the first of many in a new series. When I...