The Night Caller: An utterly gripping crime thriller

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‘Totally gripped’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘Heart-pounding. Brilliant’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘A spectacular serial killer thriller’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘Had my heart thumping’ Book Reviews by Shalini ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The photo fell from her grasp at the sudden thought of her sister. She stared at it, lying on the floor, remembering little Hattie with her big dark eyes in her stripy pink-and-white shorts, the ones she was wearing on the day she disappeared… 

Detective Carrie Flynn has spent twenty years searching for her little sister, who was kidnapped and never found. Carrie was with Hattie on that hot summer day – she saw her sister’s abductor, but she was just a young girl herself, and remembers nothing. She’s never forgiven herself for letting Hattie down.  

When the chance came to join the police force, Carrie didn’t hesitate, wanting to ensure that no more little girls grew up alone. Now she is facing her toughest case yet: Jordan Robinson, a quiet and bright young man, has disappeared by the canal on a cold winter’s night. Witnesses heard a splash, but Carrie hasn’t found his body. She knows the first days are vital to find a missing person, and time is running out.  

Jordan’s family are distraught, and Carrie is determined to bring their son home. But why does the mother not want to answer questions? Who is the mysterious girl next door? What secrets are this family hiding? 

As Carrie searches desperately for Jordan, and digs into his past, she starts to realise his case may not be unique. Young and vulnerable men have been disappearing down by the water, their deaths labelled as suicide or accidents. When Carrie pulls out all of the old files, she is sure: Jordan Robinson has been taken by a serial killer.

In a desperate race against time, Carrie vows to bring Jordan home safely, and catch this killer before he can strike again. She’ll never stop searching, for the grieving families, for her belief in justice, and her hope that, one day, something she finds will lead her back to her lost little sister.  

If you love Val McDermid, Robert Dugoni or Angela Marsons you won’t be able to put down this dark and twisty thriller. J.M. Hewitt will keep you guessing until the very last page.  

Readers are utterly gripped by The Night Caller:

‘WOW! What a read and a brilliant start to a new series… gives me goosebumps… will keep you on your toes reading well into the night.’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, 5 stars

‘Wow! Amazing book! Tons of twists and turns and suspense.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it! Can't wait for more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I am in reading heaven… I was hooked… I read this book in one sitting and finally turned the last page at 1 a.m. I HAD TO KNOW.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Amazing… dark and fast-paced. I loved it and would definitely read more of this author’s work.’ Psycho-Thrilla Books, 5 stars 

I was turning the pages so quickly that it was almost as if the pages were turning themselves… like being on a scary and an at times unpredictable rollercoaster ride.’ Ginger Book Geek 

Oh so good!!... There are hints into Carrie’s dark past and I can’t wait to find out what that entails.’ Goodreads Reviewer 

Held my attention from the first page to the last page. Will definitely be recommending this to others and can't wait to read more by this author!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Compulsive reading… addictive suspenseful… Lots of twists and turns along with solid engaging characters… I very much enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone!’ Goodreads Reviewer 

Ratings and reviews

7 reviews
Linda Strong
August 15, 2019
He's known as The Pusher. He's taken a dozen victims over the course of six years. He's left nary a clue, no DNA, he's like a ghost, a whisper in the wind. Detective Carrie Flynn has not given up looking for this killer. But something has changed. The victims lifestyles were targeted for awhile, now it looks like anyone who was considered a 'bad boy' are being killed. There's another missing person .. a 19-year-old teenager. He was seen around the river and people heard a splash ... but his body has never been found. His mother is in denial that her only son is dead. Detective Flynn feels that the mother is hiding something. The same for her neighbor, a young woman who the mother is very close to. She, also, seems to not tell everything she knows. Throw in the boy's father, whom he's never met, and another young man, who claims to have been in a relationship with him, and a nosy old neighbor woman, who sees more than she tells and you have the makings of a real page turner. This was a little bit of a slow start for me. The story line had me believing this was more about the family of the man who disappeared, and less about the crimes committed. Once it picked up, the suspense soared. Many thanks to the author /Bookouture / Netgalley. I received a digital copy of this crime fiction at no charge, I am leaving this review voluntarily. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Marnie Harrison
August 17, 2019
WOW! What a read and a brilliant start to a new series. This is a chilling book which still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. There aren’t too many books that are still ingrained in my memory long after I have finished them, but this one I think it is going to stay with me for a long time to come. It is a story that is thrilling, full of mystery, crime and suspense, as well as shocking revelations. What more could you want! For six years, a serial killer has been on the loose reigning terror over the city of Manchester, where missing people are turning up dead floating in the canal. Nicknamed “The Pusher”,the killer has a specific type he preys upon and when the latest victim Jordan goes missing, Detective Carrie Flynn has her work cut out for her to try and find out what connects each of the victims if she has any hope in solving the crime. What is interesting about this story is that the main focus is not on Detective Carrie Flynn as the blurb suggests. She is more a secondary character with her partner Paul, with the story revolving more around the Jordan’s mother Emma and her next door neighbour Jade. J.M. does make reference to this in her letter at the end of the book where she lets the reader know that we will be spending more time with these characters in future books. This in no way changed the story for me and to be completely honest I was so caught up with Emma and Jade that it wasn’t an issue to me. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story and believe it or not, I even felt empathy and sympathy for the killer, which I never thought I would ever say in a review! It was something that I did struggle with but it happened! I really like Detective Carrie Flynn and even though she is quite reserved and stand offish there is a soft side to her and I look forward to learning more about her and her sisters story in future books. I also really liked J.M.’s writing style and how it made me feel at times I was inside the book watching from the sidelines. The story flowed at just the right pace building tension along the way till the finale which was both satisfying and heart wrenching. It also sets up the story of what the next book in the series could be about. So I think my question here is going to have a pretty obvious answer but here we go. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! It is a chilling story that will make you feel many emotions and keep you on your toes reading well into the night. I look forward to many more books in this series. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and J.M. Hewitt for allowing me to read an advanced copy The Night Caller, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Jo W
June 4, 2020
Couldn't put this book down, in fact I read it in one day. My first book by this author and I've already got the next ready.
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