*Many thanks to the publishers for my Netgalley review copy*
About the book:
Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…
Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.
When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.
There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…
A Room Full of Killers is out on February 17th (ebook) and you can preorder your copy by clicking HERE.
I have been eagerly awaiting A Room Full of Killers pretty much since I finished reading Outside Looking In last year so I was delighted to have an opportunity to read it pre-publication. I knew from the first few pages that I was going to be hooked, and it was definitely worth the wait.
A Room Full of Killers is another brilliant installment in the DCI Matilda Darke series. This one focuses on Starling House and its inmates, young murderers. When one of the inmates is murdered, Darke and her team are called to investigate. What follows is a nail-biting, fast-paced and very twisted tale. Interspersed with chapters from the inmates of Starling House, A Room Full of Killers is Michael Wood’s darkest book yet. I LOVED it!!!!
Michael Wood has a skill for creating great characters, and this book is no different. I love the dynamic relationships between Matilda and her team, they all seem to bounce so well off each other. I especially like how Wood writes strong female friendships. Matilda and Adele are one of my favourite duos to catch up with. The way they are written makes the reader feel included in their friendship and invested in their characters. Very few authors make me care for their characters, but I always care about these two.
I briefly mentioned the interspersed chapters above. The reader is essentially introduced to the inmates of Starling House sporadically throughout the book. Each chapter focuses on one boy and their crime. Some of these are just horrendous to read. It’s hard to imagine a child committing murder, but that’s exactly what they’ve done and how they’ve ended up where they are. These chapters are quite chilling.
I think that A Room Full of Killers is possibly my favourite book in the series so far. It’s the one that’s made me question people more, and when I say that, I mean questioning people’s motivations for murder. Nature vs nurture and so on. As a parent, it’s hard to imagine what could drive your child to do such unspeakable acts, so this book is quite hard-hitting as it makes you wonder… what if?
I can’t recommend this series highly enough. If you’ve not read them yet, treat yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
I can’t finish this review without thanking Michael Wood. You may have seen a character called Kate Moloney mentioned above? Well that’s me. I’m truly honoured and humbled to have been written into a character. And bar the fact that I’m only 30 (😝), Michael got my description pretty spot on, especially with the nails and my love of Friends. Maybe less like the real me as the book goes on though 🤔 There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to thank Michael enough. So all I’ll say to him is you’re great 😉😉😉
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