Pages: 418 Price: £8.00 Published: 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: Thriller, Crime
“Murderabilia – collectible items related to murders, murderers and crime scenes. Some items are only available to buy on the dark net. The collector must be prepared to pay a high price. As Detective Inspector Rachel Narey and her partner, journalist Tony Winter are about to find out”
The blurb doesn’t do this book justice. I picked up this book as a one-off purchase out of curiosity before I had checked it out on Goodreads, and I’m so glad I did. The concept of the book was fascinating. It starts with a naked body, being seen by the early morning train commuters, hanging off a bridge with a rope around the neck, but what makes this opening chapter so intriguing is that it isn’t told from a perspective of a police officer or a regular commuter. It is instead from the perspective of the murderer, Nathan. We know not of Nathan’s appearance, age or even last name. I loved how the book was split into different perspectives and not just one, there’s Nathan’s, Tony Winter’s and Rachel Narey’s. Murderer, Reporter and Detective.
Further on in the book, Narey stumbles upon websites that sell memorabilia related to murderers, both famous and anonymous. Murderabilia. It is on these websites that she discovers the clothes of the murder victim are being sold. Narey then becomes hooked, obsessed with these websites, she trawls through them all looking for items belonging to serial killers and anything belonging to Martin Welsh, the missing boy from 30 years ago who was never found. This is what I found so great about the book, it explores the darker side of human nature and the morbid curiosity that we all have.
As the book progresses we learn more about Nathan and why he does what he does. This is really interesting as I have never read a book before that has perspectives from the killer.
I loved this book and throughly enjoyed the ending, however I wasnt quite satisfied by how the Martin Welsh case was wrapped up at the end of the book. Apart from that this was an incredible read and I really loved all the characters.
Would I read it again? Yes
My Rating: 5/5 STARS