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The Executioner(Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter

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About the Book- The Executioner

Imagine your worst fear – and then meet your worst nightmare…

Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest’s head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim’s chest, the figure ‘3’ has been scrawled in blood.

At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims?

Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims’ minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim.

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The book is pretty bloody and gory but if you love a good slasher crime fiction filled with twists and turns, then the series is perfect for you. 

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Our Review of The Executioner

The Executioner. The second book in the series has officially raised the stakes pretty high. Phew! I don’t think I have ever seen a series where things went from zero to a hundred in just a fraction. If you thought the first book was brutal try the second book. Well, one has to admit that the first book did end in a slightly underplayed cliffhanger. Sorry maybe this could be a spoiler ahead but if you have read the first book then it shouldn’t be. So, The whole revelation that the girl Robert went out with ( you know who 😛 ) in the previous book was expecting, didn’t quite get taken further. By the time I am writing this book, I have already passed seven books in the series. But somehow that particular ending from Book 1 still stays rent-free in my mind.

The second book, The Executioner, has gone way too high up in level. Disfigurement, bloody crime scenes and even more sinister perpetrators. Oooh, and you thought that the book might not succeed what it did with book 1 ..well think again 😛 As I said in the previous review and probably in all the coming reviews for this series, the book plays as horrifying as it can get. (God knows how many different ways I will be able to say this without sounding repetitive)

One thing that I have observed in the series is that some of the books in the series, this being one of them, brings forward a story that makes you wonder whether to sympathise or abhor the perpetrator. It is easy if the criminal mastermind is a simple everyday psychopath and can be labelled total maniac but it’s more difficult when they put forward more pondering reasoning behind it. Then It becomes a question of ethics and how grey can things be. Well anymore on the topic and I will probably give out the spoilers in full colour. If you have read the book, you might understand what I am aiming it

Conclusion

So basically the book is pretty bloody and gory but if you love a good slasher crime fiction filled with twists and turns, then the series is perfect for you. MC is a genius and through the course of the book, he does shower us with a lot of facts and information. The best part is that you can pick up any book from the series without having to go through the previous one as every book gives a backdrop summary and begins with a fresh new case. So in short, it is perfect for anybody who wouldn’t mind gruesome violence in their books.

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Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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