Who’s ready for some more serial killer stories? I know I always am. Whatever that says about me, I don’t know…
No One Will Hear Your Screams by Thomas O’Callaghan
Is there a sociopathic killer murdering prostitutes in New York City? NYPD’s top cop, Homicide Commander Lieutenant John Driscoll, believes there is.
Someone who calls himself “Tilden” claims to have been sexually abused as a child by his mother’s john. But what could have triggered Tilden’s rage to place him on a mission to eradicate all of New York’s prostitutes? Tilden is not your run-of-the-mill sociopath. After all, would a common murderer take the time to embalm his victims—determined as the cause of all the deaths by the medical examiner?
Driscoll is on a mission to put an end to the madness. A man haunted by the events of his own unstable childhood, he teams up with Sergeant Margaret Aligante and Detective Cedric Thomlinson to stop the killings and bring Tilden to justice before he kills again.
The first note I wrote while reading No One Will Hear Your Screams is “modern-day Jack the Ripper” but this book turned out to be much more than that. For one thing, we know who our killer is. It’s Tilden and he is one sick man. We learn this via chapters from his perspective, via his thoughts and the cruel acts he carries out on his victims. This is not a book for the faint-hearted.
On the flip side, there is Homicide Commander Lieutenant John Driscoll. Tilden and Driscoll are like polar opposites. Driscoll is a caring man and a damn good cop. He has a close circle of friends and he is not afraid to show his more sensitive side. This is not only a good balance to our murderer, but to other police dramas out there where the cop is the ultimate tough guy.
The relationship Driscoll has with Sergeant Margaret Aligante and Detective Cedric Thomlinson is actually quite sweet. It is apparent they have been through a lot together and make a great team. However, you do get the feeling you are missing something by jumping into this series in the third book. By all means, it can be read as a standalone but if you are big into character development, you will miss out a bit.
My last comment on No One Will Hear Your Screams is that while I really enjoyed that it was fast-paced and full of action, sometimes it was a bit fast-paced and full of action, if you catch my drift. The story ended a bit too abruptly for me and there were some loose ends regarding Tilden that could have been better tied up. Still, it was a good read and an insight into another great police drama series.
No One Will Hear Your Screams by Thomas O’Callaghan is now available to buy.
I was sent a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.