Killing time with Perfect Prey

Anybody thinking of reading the new novel Perfect Prey by Helen Fields needs to think very carefully before opening this book.

Don’t begin at bedtime on a Sunday night if you have work in the morning, make sure the kids can use a tin opener and the family pet has enough food in its bowel – because once you start you won’t want to put it down.

The best advice is to get comfortable in a locked room with some pre-prepared snacks and a drink, including something stronger than juice for when you get a little over half way, switch off your phone and take the batteries out of the doorbell.

Perfect Prey, published today, is the second in the DI Callanach crime series by Fields, a former criminal barrister turned author. Once again she has managed to create a highly engaging, fast-paced thriller with a fresh twist.

Sequels of any kind can often be a bit of a let down, especially when it comes hot on the heels of a great success like Perfect Remains. However, lovers of crime fiction in general, and the ever expanding fans of DI Callanach in particular, won’t be disappointed.

Helen Fields

Fields puts a lot of research into her stories, as she revealed here in an interview with Scotland Correspondent magazine, and it shows. Police procedure, geographical accuracy and the use of real locations helps add to the realism of the story.

Set in modern day Edinburgh it starts with a savage murder in the middle of a rock festival in front of numerous potential witnesses none of whom saw a thing. Days later another body, the victim of a seemingly unrelated crime, is discovered in an ally. From there the reader is taken on a provocative, adrenaline-fuelled journey through the dark underbelly of one of the friendliest cities in the world.

Fields is very good at creating an atmosphere and painting a picture with words that capture the imagination. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled while the personal lives and characteristics of the central cast are tantalisingly explored over time.

Perfect Remains was a good read and Fields set the bar very high for herself but if anything Perfect Prey is just as exciting, if not better.