The Night Caller, book one of J. M. Hewitt’s Detective Carrie Flynn Crime Thriller series, is a great psychological thriller.
Detective Carrie Flynn is haunted by memories of the younger sister who was kidnapped when they were children and was never seen again. She’s doubly troubled because she saw the kidnapper. Now she’s chasing a serial killer being called the Pusher, because he’s murdering men by pushing them into the canals around Manchester. The killings have been happening for six years, but the higher ups in the police ranks don’t want to admit they have a serial killer on their hands. Carrie has her own theories but won’t share them for fear that she’ll be ridiculed.
The latest victim of the Pusher is Jordan Robinson. Detective Flynn and her partner Detective Paul Harper interview Jordan’s mother, Emma, and their neighbor Jade, but neither one is able to give any clues as to why Jordan might be a target of the killer. Something is off with this victim and Carrie thinks his secrets hold the clue to solving the entire case.
J. M. Hewitt has done a great job with this thriller. The canals surrounding Manchester are suitably eerie and create the isolated, lonely atmosphere needed for the solitary murders and Emma’s solo wanderings. The characters were given adequate backstories. The plot was predictable in part, but there were still some good unexpected twists. Overall, I enjoyed The Night Caller and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: August 15, 2019