The Two by Will Carver
They Kill Without Mercy. Disappear Without Trace. They are The Two. And now the stakes are raised once more for Detective January David. 5 lie dead, brutally murdered – the first taken on the night of Halloween and as autumn bleeds into winter more ritualistic murders are discovered. January must battle his demons, for in his mind lies the clue to stopping a ruthless murderer. But his worst nightmares have literally come true when he discovers there’s not one but two twisted killers on the loose …
The Two starts off with a definite feel of fear seeping from the pages as the author Will Carver probably intended. The scenes are set from the off and even those who are not familiar with the history of January David, soon become guests sitting at his table.
The ritualistic murders around London are not for the faint hearted but the constant switching between character voices really keeps the readers on their toes. It’s an interesting way to tell a story and will suit those after something unconventional and fresh.
Detective Inspector January David has a lot on his plate, plagued by his sister and plagued by visions amongst other things, which help him along during the case. One thing that becomes clear is his utmost dislike for his colleague Murphy, painted as a weasel, waiting to take credit for January’s hard work, and it’s easy to be transported into the room when these two lock horns. Will Carver has managed to get inside the mind of a killer, or two – pardon the pun – and deliver a few disturbing patterns of thought. There’s a feeling of anger mixed with a sense of purpose whenever we read the viewpoint of a killer and it’s inevitable what it will lead to. But softer human emotions also come into play and we have moments when a relationship blossoms and the prospect of unexpected closeness threatens to derail one of the killers. But this is crime fiction so we know it isn’t going to turn out well.
The book isn’t weighed down with police procedural elements but there’s a lot of detail in other parts as January faces a battle to make sense of his visions, and stop the killings. But just don’t forget to remember, not everything is real.