The Echo Man by Sam Holland @samhollandbooks @HarperCollins #bookreview #TheEchoMan

🎉🎉🎉 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO SAM HOLLAND 🎉🎉🎉 The Echo Man is out today!

Big thanks to Harper Collins for my advanced e-copy of The Echo Man which I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

The murders have begun…

Across England, a string of murders is taking place. Each different in method, but each horrifying and brutal.

But the killer is just getting started…

Jess Ambrose is plunged into the investigation when her house is set ablaze. With her husband dead and the police pointing at her, she runs. Her only hope is disgraced detective Nate Griffin, who is convinced Jess is innocent.

And he’s going to shock the world…

Soon, Jess and Griffin discover the unthinkable; this murderer is copying the world’s most notorious serial killers. And now, imitation isn’t enough. The killer dubbed The Echo Man is ready to create his own masterpiece, and it will be more terrifying than anything that has come before…

What Did I Think?

Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Is a copycat killer flattering the original or just lacking in their own creativity? But if you aspire to be as notorious as Ted Bundy or Ian Brady, who cares? The Echo Man has a lot to live up to if he is to make the history books like those he is imitating!!

But then again he’s got people determined to stop him, people who have been hurt by his killings. Will they stop him or will he keep killing til he chooses to stop, if that’s possible!!

I really liked the rapport that built between Jess and Griffin. They were prickly to start with and I didn’t know whether to trust Griffin. But as their relationship developed so di a wee bit of chemistry, would they or wouldn’t they… or would the Echo Man put pay to anything happening?!

The excerpts from the mid-nineties are intriguing but unnerving given they involve a child just hitting double figures, a similar age to my own. This individual is in a disturbing situation but I didn’t know who this youngster would grow up to be.

This is one full on read that is not for the faint hearted. It goes in hard and shocking. It’s intense, brutal and pacey. I was addicted to this read, my kindle was an extension of my hands for two engrossing sittings. When I finished this brilliant debut, I felt numb. Stunned by the grand finale. Just bloody brilliant!! Come on then Holland, what’s next?!

Who Is Sam Holland?

Having always been fascinated with the dark and macabre, Sam Holland’s love of reading was forged in the library through Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert. A self-confessed serial killer nerd, Holland studied psychology at university then spent the next few years working in HR, before quitting for a full-time career in writing. The Echo Man is the result. Sam can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @samhollandbooks.