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Her best book ever!!!
The Ladykiller - Martina Cole
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The Ladykiller - Martina Cole
Advantages: excellent story and plot and juicy characters to match
Disadvantages: If you are prudish this book may not be for you
The 'Ladykiller' by Martina Cole is my favourite fiction book of all time, and therefore I feel important to do this review justice. It is, in my opinion, the best book she has ever written and her recent books have not been a patch on this one. I haven't just read this book once, but three times over the period of seven years. If you choose to read this you will not be disappointed.
The main protagonist in this story is George Markham. He is the guy next door, a mild meek man who isn't particularly interesting to speak to and even less interesting to look at. He walks around with his head down and his mouth closed, silently taking the insults his boisterous, domineering wife Elaine throws at him. However, George has a dark side to him and behind 'the smile that barely shows his teeth' is a sadistic, cold blooded murderer whose perverse sexual ideals spill out onto the streets of London, where no woman is safe.
The sub story focuses on London hard man Patrick Kelly (Yep, Martina Cole loves to include one of these) and DC Kate Burrows, the officer who works on the murder case. After Patrick's daughter is killed by Markham, he is out for revenge...and not a prison sentence. Patrick and Kate's lives become interwoven, as they both search for 'the lady killer.' The relationship between the two of them is a perfect sub plot to the main plot.
This book is cleverly written, making each character come alive on the page. They each have their strengths and weakness' and are described so well you feel like you know them personally. Every chapter comes with suspense and tension, meaning it is virtually impossible to put down. The women he kills are not just 'victims', Cole ensures that each character has their own voice, and their own story even if they only feature in one chapter.
As the case moves on and George Markham kills more women, the suspense mounts and just when you think his time is up, the plot twists once again. Reading the book I wondered throughout how it would end, and how I would like it to end. It did not disappoint.
Just so you know 'as I recommended this to an old woman once in a second hand book store,' the language is terrible, swear words galore and graphic descriptions often involving sexual perversions and murder. I saw the lady the next day as she was returning the book because of the 'degrading filth that it was.' Bad language does not bother me, in fact I think it's clever and Cole often comes up with some interesting similes; my favourite being 'as cold as a witches' tit.' I appreciate however that this is not to everybody's taste.
So, if you have enjoyed other Martina Cole Novels then you will definitely like this one. If you like crime and thriller novels with a gritty realistic edge, then you really should give this a try!
Summary: An excellent read by a fine writer