#BookReview |Knock Knock By Chris Merritt. @DrCJMerritt @Bookouture #netgalley #KnockKnock

March 25, 2020     Ami-May     Book Reviews

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#BookReview |Knock Knock By Chris Merritt. @DrCJMerritt @Bookouture #netgalley #KnockKnockISBN: B0848XBLB3
Knock Knock (Detectives Lockhart and Green Book #1) by Chris Merritt
Published by Bookouture on March 17, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 416
Format: ARC, Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…
As Detective Dan Lockhart is called to a wealthy London street to investigate Natasha’s death, he’s startled by the similarity to a previous case. Noticing the cable-tie restraints and the tiny scratches on Natasha’s wedding finger, Dan already knows what he will find if he looks in her mouth – the metal ball which choked her to death. He knows Natasha isn’t the killer’s first victim and is certain that he will strike again.
Months earlier, Kim Hardy was found in the same position in a run-down hotel across the city – an identical silver ball in her throat. But Kim’s murderer was caught and sent to prison – did they arrest the wrong man? And what connects the two victims? Fearing that he’s dealing with a psychopathic serial killer, Dan calls in psychologist Dr Lexi Green to help him to get into the perpetrator’s mind. Tough and smart, Lexi will stop at nothing to hunt down the man responsible for the deaths.
Then, another body is discovered, just as Lexi finds a clue online leading to the killer. Dan’s team aren’t convinced, but in pushing Lexi away from the investigation, they force her to dig further into the case on her own. Convinced that she’s on to something, she puts herself in unthinkable danger… but can Dan piece together the clues and identify the killer before it’s too late?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Cara Hunter will love this thrilling new series from Chris Merritt. From an explosive start to a heart-stopping finale, you will not want to put this book down!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! AH! ( Speechless ) And This book is complete of the fucking scale and truly marvellous. 
Detective Dan Lockhart acting as SEO is called to a crime scene of a young woman which he thinks is linked and eerily similar to another previous murder he worked on. 
This has an incredibly unique MO where the killer uses a metal ball to choke his victims and damages one finger with a ring. 
Detective Dan Lockhart calls in Doctor Lexi Green, A Psychologist. To help them form a profile and provide more insight and psychological help with this serial killer.

Detective Dan Lockhart is an arduous well-rounded, likeable character. I took to Dan straight away. Chris has evidently taken a lot of time centralizing on crafting the characters and their development which shows brilliantly. 
He has previously worked in the armed forces and that of his wife going missing over 10 + years ago has caused some trauma etc which is exceptionally well laid out throughout. Brings forward awareness
I am excited for book two to carry on seeing his character development some more. 
Psychologist Doctor Lexi Green
She is a feisty, rebellious and a very independent character. There is nothing unlikable about Lexi. She is Clever, Fascinating, Determined and stubborn as a mule
She is currently giving Lockhart therapy due to his trauma. She is then brought in to help Lockhart and his team to find a Serial Killer
I love Dan and Lexi’s relationship even if it complicated and on/off at times. I can’t wait to continue on the train of both their individual developments and together. 

It was the right consistency of pace. At 400+ pages it is a longer book which took me a few days to read. It is a very detailed and keeps you turning the pages rapidly although it is a creepy, gruesome, fearful, nightmarish and ominous novel. 

I positively enjoyed Chris Merritt’s writing style. It is detailed but also not bogged down with too many details. It is a genuinely exceptional piece of well-crafted writing. 

An eye-catching cover which appeals to the eyes straight away. Beautiful colours. 

It was a sensational read with many potential suspects. And I honestly had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. 
It takes a fabulous clever author that can take you down deep underground while guessing and guessing until the final sucker-punchexplosive finale. 
I Highly recommended. It is another marvellous thrilling book of the year so far here at RTTP. 

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About Chris Merritt

Dr Chris Merritt

Author and Clinical Psychologist

I studied Geography at Oxford University before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. There, I worked as a diplomat in Iraq and Jerusalem before leaving to retrain as a psychologist. I practised in clinical psychology in the UK National Health Service for six years, while studying for a doctorate at King’s College London.

After completing my doctorate in 2016, I worked as a programme manager on the Wellcome Trust’s African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) at King’s. Now, I consult on psychology for businesses and write.

I’ve authored academic papers and blogs on psychology, mental health, technology and parkour.

In 2014 I began writing crime fiction, and my debut novel Bring Her Back was published in March 2018 by Bookouture. This was followed by two more books featuring detectives Zac Boateng and Kat Jones. My new series of psychological serial-killer thrillers starring detective Dan Lockhart and psychologist Dr Lexi Green will publish in March 2020.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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