Alafair Burke

Dead Connection

"Definitely worth exploring…"


When two young women are murdered on the streets of Manhattan, exactly one year apart and both after dates arranged through an online dating website, Detective Ellie Hatcher is moved to a special assignment on the elite homicide task force. The killer has left behind a taunting hint connecting the to cases, and Flann McIlroy, an eccentric and publicity-seeking homicide detective, is convinced that Ellie is uniquely situated to help him pursue a terrifying theory that someone is using the lure of the internet - and the promise of love - to launch a killing spree against the women of New York City.

To catch the killer, Ellie must enter an online world of fraudulent and stolen identities where nobody is who they appear to be. In a dangerous game where she is both hunter and prey, Ellie's only choice is to find the killer before he claims his next victim - and Ellie knows very well it could be her.

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Burke has already written three previous novels featuring Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid, but this is my first introduction to both the writer and her newest character, Detective Ellie Hatcher. Whilst a very easy book to read, featuring some strong characters, I felt the plot tried to be too complex. Sometimes a story with a lot of twists adds to the intrigue but here I felt there were just too many leads coming at the reader from too many angles. I was also a little disappointed that the case Ellie Hatcher's father had been working on when he was alive - the reason for her joining the force - was left slightly open at the end. I am hoping this is because it will be explored further in future books? Overall, I greatly enjoyed Burke's confident style of writing and her involving characters. Definitely worth exploring…

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