Ashley Dyer

Splinter in the Blood

Splinter in the Blood by Ashely Dyer - UK book cover

After months of hunting a ruthless murderer that the press has dubbed the Thorn Killer, Detective Carver is shot in his own home. His trusted partner, Ruth Lake, is alone with him. Yet instead of calling for help, she wipes the room clean of prints.

But Carver isn’t dead. Awakening in hospital, he has no memory of being shot, but is certain that his assailant is the Thorn Killer. Though there’s no evidence to support his claim, Carver insists the attack is an attempt to scare him off the psychopath’s scent.

One person knows the truth and she’s not talking. She’s also now leading the Thorn Killer investigation while Carver recuperates. But Ruth is keeping a deadly secret, and she’ll cross every line – sacrificing her colleagues, her career, and maybe even her own life – to keep it from surfacing.

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Praise for Splinter in the Blood

The skillfully constructed plot complements the intriguing characters, including a deliciously creepy killer who lurks in the background.Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW*

One of the boldest, most inventive serial-killer thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Packed with forensic detail, anchored by a protagonist as complicated as she is compelling, this ferocious novel is perfect for fans of Jeffery Deaver and Lisa Gardner.”  AJ Finn, author of NY Times bestseller, The Woman In the Window

“Compelling, clever. Packed with macabre and fascinating forensic details. A stunning debut.”                 Mo Hayder, bestselling author

“A taut and compelling thriller, as sharp as the thorns that feature in the plot.”   Ann Cleeves

[An] enthralling debut…. The skillfully constructed plot complements the intriguing characters, including a deliciously creepy killer who lurks in the background. Dyer is definitely a crime writer to watch.”   Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With complicated leads and a ruthless killer whose method is barbaric enough to be frightening without shading into the grotesque, this is a debut worthy of sequels.”      Kirkus Reviews

[T]his debut spins to a breathless conclusion. Solid suspense fiction by a knowledgeable duo.”   Booklist

“A proper page turner of a read and very well written, giving a fresh feel to proceedings even whilst following the best tropes of the crime thriller.”  Liz Loves Books

“This novel starts off with a bang of a puzzler and keeps surprising all the way through….Very nice start to a new series.”   Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

“This is a series to devour.”  CrimeSquad (Book of the Month April 2018)

“Dyer’s unconventional approach to the story of a serial killer and the detectives who are trying to catch the them is fresh and innovative.”  Murder and Moore

“This is a fascinating story, highly original and filled with complex twists you won’t see coming until they are upon you. Highly recommended.”   Auntie M Writes

“A spellbinding mystery with a fascinating storyline. This gripping debut is sure to be a hit with readers who enjoy well-written British police procedurals.”
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“A tight, deliciously woven plot, multi-faceted and unpredictable characters, beautifully constructed descriptive prose and a tension that builds throughout that is as superb as it is disturbing.”                  Chris High Reviews

“What an interesting approach… Dyer is very good at keeping the reader off balance.”
 Books Are Magic

“DS Ruth Lake is a superb creation. An introvert in a world of big extrovert egos, she uses stillness and quietness to great effect in holding the waves of testosterone on all sides at bay.   Anna Caig, Sheffield Telegraph

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