Don’t Look Now by Max Manning
Thank you to Sourcebooks for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: When a woman is killed in an East London park, Detective Fenton can’t help but hear about it–the murder is trending. The killer has posted a photo of his victim in her final moments, and in the first moments after she died. Before long, the world is taunted with posts of another victim’s photos, and Detective Fenton finds himself searching for a serial killer with a fan following. The more he kills, the more he posts–and the more attention he gets, the more he kills…
A fascinating insight into the mind of a secret psychopath, Don’t Look Now examines how dangerous our appetite for darkness really is, from a brand new talent in suspense.
Review: It really is the burning question in our culture today, “if a killer posted about his victims online, would you click?” Currently, true crime is such a popular, morbid fascination. I think if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us would answer yes. It’s essentially what we’re doing by watching documentaries and listening to podcasts. But, would I be retweeting photos of a victim’s last seconds alive? No. That’s on a whole other level of depravity, and I would hope the majority would agree that’s taking it too far.
Manning’s debut novel, and the first in a series, examines our obsession with social media and how it can be used to fuel a sociopath’s need for recognition. It’s a quick and gripping read that takes a good look at the dark side of human nature, but isn’t too disturbing for readers that don’t care for the gory details. Don’t Look Now is a page turner that kept me guessing until the end. I’ll definitely be picking up the next in the series.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Social Affair.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Page Count: 320
Overall Rating: 4/5