Adrian Stone believes he is a genius. A narcissist, with a psychotic desire to pursue his ambition to become the world’s most revered pianist, Stone joined London’s Royal College of Music as a child prodigy, believing his path to fame was secure. But when his parents decided to send him back to school, he slaughtered them and his older sister in their Richmond home, landing himself in Rampton’s high security unit.
Nine years later Stone escapes with two goals in mind: to kill those who denied his destiny and pursue his musical ambitions.
As bodies start to appear around London Dr Alice Quentin is brought in from the Met’s Forensic Psychology Unit. But when she realises her name is on Stone’s list of potential victims, the case becomes personal.
Working alongside her boyfriend, DI Don Burns, London’s most successful murder investigator, Alice must stop Stone to save her own life.
Alice realises that there is logic to the music left at each murder scene, and thinks she’s cracked the case, but little does she know what Stone has in store for his grand finale…
I really enjoyed Perfect Harmony and it’s different take on the police procedural I read, write and enjoy.
The story follows Dr Alice Quentin and her place in the investigation as to where convicted psychopath Adrian Stone has escaped to. But Alice has a problem he might be also after her.
I liked a lot of the characters in this book and also found myself liking Adrian and the relationship he forms with X a nurse he meets and begins to manipulate to only find himself failing for her and her pure innocence.
I also enjoyed the fact that Alice’s boyfriend, DI Don Burns, London’s most successful murder investigator, is also working on the case, at times in the novel he was there to explain the “police stuff.” We also got a peak at how being related to or in a relationship with a DI affects his family and how Alice tries her best to pick up the pieces.
The murders themselves weren’t written in a gruesome way and left a lot to the interpretation of the reader and description of how the bodies were found.
I really enjoyed this book and plan to seek out further Alice Quentin books in the future.
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Kate was born in London and tried many jobs before starting to write. She spent time as a cocktail waitress, a theatre usherette, and more recently as an English teacher before writing two prize-winning collections of poetry. Her crime novels have been translated into ten different languages, and have received high acclaim from the press. The Guardian described her books as ‘beautifully written and expertly plotted, a masterclass in crime fiction.’ Her Hell Bay series set in the Isles of Scilly has been optioned for TV.