Today, I am pleased to be the final stop on the blog tour for the latest book by Rebecca Bradley, The Twisted Web.
When the body of a man is left in a very public place, the area staged to look like a police crime scene, D. I. Hannah Robbins and her team know that they are dealing with a particularly twisted individual. As images of the crime are shared by users of various social media platforms, Hannah and her team begin to feel the pressure. In a case with limited leads, however, can they stop the killer before he finds another victim?
In recent years, social media has provided authors with a new plot device, whether it be through the use of streaming websites for the killer to showcase their crime or through assuming a fake online identity to catch their prey. The Twisted Web takes the Internet and uses it in a different way entirely. We are probably all aware of the saying, ‘the camera never lies’, and Rebecca Bradley has used this to explain the motives behind the killings. Drew, a teacher, sees his life shattered when he saves a homeless man from being knocked down by a car. What seems like the act of a Good Samaritan takes on a completely different path, however, when the event is filmed and uploaded to the web. The problem is, however, that the clip only captures Drew pushing the man, and does not show the reason why he did it. After the video goes viral, Drew loses his family, home and job and he begins to develop a hatred for the way people use social media. I found I had much sympathy for Drew at this point, but this soon disappeared once his crime spree began.
One of the things I liked most about the book was, although the murders are quite macabre, the descriptions are not overly graphic. More emphasis was placed on how they were staged and the reason for them being posed as they were. This, I felt, helped to build a better picture of Drew and why he felt he was justified in doing what he was doing.
I found it difficult to create a bond with D. I. Hannah Robbins, but feel that this is because I had not read the previous books in the series. I did admire her support of a colleague whose job appears to be under threat, however, and saw this as a huge contrast to the bloody-mindedness of her boss, Baxter.
The Twisted Web is a topical police-procedural which definitely serves as a reminder to always check the authenticity of online sources before accepting them as fact.
With thanks to the author and also to Emma Welton from Damp Pebbles for organising the blog tour.