The Collector had me hooked from the moment I read the first page, so much so that I read the book in a matter of days, which is no mean feat whilst also working from home with a one year old.
They say human life is the most precious thing. The Collector doesn’t agree.
When world renowned archaeologist Philip Carlton suddenly and unexpectedly commits suicide, the police are called to investigate. Heading up the investigation is Detective Lucy O’Hara, a Forensic Linguist – and she immediately sees something is wrong with the suicide note. In her gut, she knows this was cold-blooded murder.
Battling sceptical superiors and the Irish establishment, Lucy digs for the truth and begins to uncover a shadowy trade in ancient artifacts led by a mysterious figure known only as ‘The Collector’.
As Lucy works to uncover his identity, she soon realises she is up against a ruthless mastermind who is systematically eliminating anyone who might lead her to him. But Lucy won’t give up and soon The Collector turns his attention to her…
The Collector – the first in a gripping new series featuring Detective Lucy O’Hara.
I could not put this book down, I was so engaged in the story that it took over my life for a couple of days. I just couldn’t get enough of it!
Rather unusually, Maher introduces us to the murderer from the beginning.This very much drew me into the book as it was intriguing to hear his side of the story as opposed to just the perspective of the detectives. That being said, it does not take away the air of mystery as we strive to uncover the identity of ‘The Collector‘ himself.
From the beginning we are told that Lucy O’Hara, a Detective in the case, is a Forensic Linguist. This certainly added in a different perspective and made this book different to other thrillers I have read as she provided interesting insights. I particularly liked that we were introduced to both the personal and professional life of Lucy, which became somewhat intertwined, making her more appealing and relatable to the reader.
The identity of ‘The Collector‘ is revealed at the end and I am not ashamed to say that I did gasp. Maher does well to throw you off the scent but I couldn’t help feel that I should have worked it out in advance of the revelation. For me, the only aspect of the book I felt was not made clear was the motive for the murders. Evidently there was a lot of history and it was obvious ‘The Collector‘ wanted to have his identity hidden but it all felt very muddy for me and I would have liked a little more time spent on this aspect of the story. That being said, it did not deter from my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, I loved the pace of the book and it did keep me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout. I would thoroughly recommend it to all crime, mystery and thriller enthusiasts. I cannot wait for the next one!
About the Author
John Maher has published five novels and a collection of short stories. He has won national awards for radio play and short story with RTE in Ireland. His novel, The Luck Penny, was shortlisted for debut novel on BBC Radio 5.
A former teacher and lecturer, he holds a Phd from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London).
He lives in a small Irish village, between the Atlantic and the Irish Sea, from which he steals away, from time to time, to visit the world outside the island.
THE COLLECTOR will be his first novel published with Inkubator Books.
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Published by Inkubator Books on 5th July 2020
A fast-paced and gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!