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The Dead Tell Lies by J.F. Kirwan - Book Tour & Review



The Dead Tell Lies

Greg Adams, a criminal psychologist at Scotland Yard, specialises in bringing serial killers to justice. He tracks down a spree serial killer nicknamed the Divine, who has already killed six teenage girls and is about to kill a seventh. Greg works out the location where he is hiding and joins a raid. The police capture the Divine and save the girl, but on the very same night, Greg’s wife is brutally murdered by another serial killer, known as the Dreamer.
A year later, unable to bring the killer to justice, Greg has quit his job and is ready to end it all, when he receives a phone call from a man who tells him the Dreamer is dead, and that he didn’t kill Greg’s wife, Kate.
Greg returns to Scotland Yard to work for Superintendent Chief Detective Donaldson in the hope he can re-examine the case with the help of two new detectives, Finch and Matthews.
As Greg delves into the case further, he becomes more convinced that the Dreamer wasn’t the man responsible for his wife’s murder.
But if it wasn’t the Dreamer, who was it?
In order to solve the mystery around his wife’s murder, Greg is going to have to delve even deeper into the mind of a terrifying psychopath. And this time he might not make it back in one piece…

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My Review
The Dead Tell Lies is one heck of an intense thrill ride. The story follows Greg, a criminal psychologist who hunts down serial killers. He's currently on the trail of a killer called The Divine, and he's determined to save at least one of the victims. Fortunately, he does. Unfortunately, for him, his wife is murdered at the same time by a different killer called The Dreamer. What?!
A year late, Greg is ready to end it all. He doesn't have his job or his wife. What's left to live for? 
A mysterious phone call comes through, and that one call changes the course of Greg's life forever (or at least for the rest of the book).
This one is taut, full of suspense and some interesting little twists. I found myself highly engaged, eager to see how everything would play out. It was like a cat and mouse game, and only one would be the victor. But who?
The unique stories behind each of the killers Greg goes back to when he's trying to figure things out are pretty cool. Morbid, but interesting to see just how different each one really is.
I quite liked Greg in this story. As someone who was obsessed with true crime/serial killers for a while as a teenager (yes, I'm weird), I connected with Greg. I used to want to be a criminal psychologist for a while, so I felt a strong camaraderie with him. He's a fascinating character.
I also really liked Finch, Matthews, and Donaldson. They all seemed like really well-written, realistic characters. 
Fans of crime thrillers will enjoy The Dead Tell Lies. Definitely give this one a go.
5 stars!


Author Bio – J. F. Kirwan is an insomniac who writes thrillers in the dead of night. He is also a psychologist, and has drawn upon this expertise, including being taught by a professor who examined serial killers for Scotland Yard, to pen the crime/mystery/thriller The Dead Tell Lies for Bloodhound Books. He wanted to shed light not only on the darkness of serial killers, but of those who track them down, who must inevitably step inside the serial killer’s worldview, and may not come out clean afterwards. He is also the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins (66 Metres, 37 Hours and 88 North). His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Jo Nesbo. He is married, and has a daughter and a new grandson, and lives between Paris and London.


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