About the book:
After seven women fall victim to a serial killer, journalist Kate Rivendale becomes embroiled in the manhunt. The authorities have no suspect, only one forensic link dating way back to the 1930s.
Detective Chief Inspector William Beckley needs to salvage his career; he has too many deaths on his conscience. Beckley entices Kate to go undercover, a decision which backfires with devastating consequences.
While DCI Beckley reaches a horrifying conclusion about the murderer Kate enters a desperate fight for her life… while battling to keep her own secrets buried.
About the author:
Vicki FitzGerald is a crime thriller author of debut novel, Briguella. A former newspaper reporter across all sectors including crime at the Bristol Post, Weston & Worle News, FitzGerald covered numerous notable stories and was selected as a finalist in the Press Gazette Scoop of the Year Awards (2008). Her past experiences in journalism helped to ignite her writing career. FitzGerald is passionate about writing and reading. She encourages everyone to pick up a book and try a new genre. She writes full-time and lives in the West Country, UK, with her husband, two children and her Bischon Frise.
Learn more about Vicki at https://www.creativia.org/author-vicki-fitzgerald.html
One of the highlights of being a guest reviewer is that I will often come across little hidden gems of genius and Briguella by Vicki Fitzgerald was that book this month! This is a book that deserves more recognition; I was drawn in from the chilling start and by the end I felt wrung out emotionally. A tale containing a serial killer was always going to grab my interest and this book is written so well that I couldn’t help but race through the pages.
The story centres around three main characters: Kate Rivendale, a journalist who is desperate to get the next big scoop but with a conscience, DCI William Beckley, a detective who must crack the case due to past mistakes and the killer, a mystery figure who wears a mask depicting Briguella (a cunning and wicked character from the Commedia dell’arte).
There is a little #sexytension between Kate and William but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment as it becomes obvious Kate is devoted to her husband. Kate has her own secrets though and her desperation to solve the case leads her directly into the path of the killer; from this point I was absolutely gripped. The killer is terrifying and had already murdered at least six women before he encounters Kate after already warning her off. The killer is absolutely terrifying and his attacks are brutal.
A stunning debut; I can’t wait to see what is next from this author.