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Perfect Prey

(D.I. Callanach #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  3,994 ratings  ·  296 reviews
The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be hooked from the very first page.

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinbur
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Avon (first published June 15th 2017)
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So….2 big announcements to kick off this review. For the first time in ages I picked up a book that sent me into hiding so I could read uninterrupted by those pesky people who claim to be family.
Second, we have an early front runner for my world famous “ Dickhead of the Year ” Award * (* fiction category, not to be confused with the one bestowed on a real person). You know those characters you love to loathe? Well, keep your blood pressure meds nearby. This book has one that made m
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Helen Fields returns with an equally powerful follow-up novel that places Detective Inspector Luc Callanach in the centre of a truly baffling crime. When a murder is reported at a summer music festival in Edinburgh, D.I. Callanach is happy to take the lead in order to find the killer. However, the limited witness statements and video footage of use from the event leaves Callanach unsure of how to proceed. Soon thereafter, a piece of vandalism emerges, perhaps a reaction to the crime, as if the w ...more
Maureen Carden
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: police, thriller, supense
I am on Sesame Street, saying "...and today's letter will be I." “I” as in intriguing, intricate, involved, interesting and impressive. Yeah, that pretty well sums up Helen Field's second D.I. Luc Callanach outing, Perfect Prey.
Four people are killed in different but horrific and spectacular ways. A crime wave that terrifies the citizens of Edinburgh unused as they are to such crimes. Multiple killers, one fiendishly clever killer or maybe both? D.I. Callanach is under tremendous pressure from all
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, mystery
Bloody hell!!! This was amazing. If you like Chris Carter’s books, you will, in all probability, like this one too.

A man is stabbed to death at a music festival right in the midst of a huge crowd. A woman is crushed to death by her heavy closet. Another woman is suffocated by her own scarf. A man is skinned to death. Edinburgh is a war zone and bodies are piling up!
And what do these victims have in common? They are all do-gooders and charity workers.
Are the murders committed by one
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I want to say is this book is incredibly gruesome and graphic. If you are easily upset by cruelty to humans and animals, pass this one by.

The second thing I want to say is that this book at one point goes deep into the darknet where human perversities abound. There is some tech speak that might make your eyes glaze over or bore you to tears, but I think you’ll get the gist of how difficult it is to enter the darknet in the first place and that you don’t ever ever want
Skyler Autumn
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Perfect Prey was even better then Perfect Remains. I am loving this series so far, it is taking over my life. All I want to do is shut out life stuff and read these books in peace. God, why does life get in the way of my reading!!??

Review to come.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first novel I have read by this author and although it is the 2nd book in this series it did not detract from my enjoyment or my understanding. The book is full of gruesome murders, excellent interesting characters and together with a well paced plot make a very entertaining read.

The first gruesome murder takes place at a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach left to die and although there are thousands of potential witnesses no one sees the attacke
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Perfect Prey is book #2 in the DI Callanach crime series. I haven't read the first book in the series, but didn't have a problem jumping into this one. There were occasional references to book #1, but nothing that would distract from the current story.

The mixture of vicious murders, deep web aspects and a secondary team trying to take down an activist group brought some interesting and complex aspects to the plot. I was pulled into the mysteries of the uniquely gruesome murders immed
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This series is seriously good. I remember bits of this one, it was utterly gripping and as the killings are to do with the dark web it is all very disturbing too. The dark web seems to be the electronic sewer of the world. Do yourself a favour and read this series, OK there are some yucky bits at times but they're not too bad and writing is very sharp.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-crime-2017
After reading Perfect Remains and falling in love with D. I. Luc Callanach, I was keen to get stuck into Perfect Prey. Perfect Prey is the second in the Scottish crime series by Helen Fields. Reading Fields reminds me so much of Chris Carter and Karin Slaughter. There is this wonderful vein of gorgeous explicit darkness running through it, combined with such humanity. Seriously this is the best new series I have come across in ages! I urge you all to discover what I mean!

The first bo
Liz Barnsley
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**

So we come to the second in Helen Fields rather fist pumping DI Callanach series – the first being Perfect Remains which you should certainly check out and its a right old page turner. Dark though, very dark. I don’t think there is any writer out there doing death scenes like Helen Fields is doing them and they are horrifically hard hitting (which I love it has to be said. Not sure what that says about me)

Anyone who has read the first book will know what to e
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read Perfect Remains at the start of the year, I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the next book in the DI Callahan series. Second books are always a tad tricky, aren’t they? When the first one has built up such high expectations, you always wonder if the next one will live up to the hype you created in your own head or if you’ll be left disappointed. Well, I can already tell you right now that Perfect Prey is even more awesome than its predecessor!

DI Luc Callahan i
Kat Dietrich
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect Prey by Helen Fields is the 2nd in the Luc Callanach series.

Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books):
DI Luc is half French and half Scottish, living most of his life in France, and working for Interpol. Due to a false rape allegation made by co-worker Astrid Borde, he leaves France, his job, his friends, his mother. Very few are sad to see him go. With some assistance from his bosses, he heads to Edinburgh to take command of a homicide team. His welcome is not particu/>Series
Gripping but exceedingly dark. And with a couple of characters who drove me to the limits of my endurance.

Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh no, what happened to Luc Callanach and his sidekick Ava Turner ? I loved the first book in the series, gave it a well deserved five stars and thought I was on to a winning series This book , the second in the series was a let down. Callanach became an unlikeable cop, Ava got engaged to a dreadful prat and generally the story was dubious at best, with a truly ridiculous “twist” mid way. What a shame. I have bought the third in the series, so shall hope this was just a slight blip and the guys ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first one.
Kelly Lacey
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My expectations for book two Perfect Prey were so high. Perfect Remains had smacked me around the head and then nestled into my consciousness forever. I received my ARC from Avon Books UK and I dived in.

Firstly I love the cover, it gives nothing away. Which I find is very important, to me anyway. The bright red of the blood catches your eye.

Starting on chapter one, I was greeted by the handsome D.I. Luc Callanach and the straight talking D.I. Ava Turner. It was truly AWES
Kim Ebner
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book is the second in the D.I Callanach series, but I use the word "series" lightly here as it really isn't necessary to have read the first book. As it turns out, I have in fact read the first book, and although the first book is obviously our first introduction to the characters, I don't think it's imperative to have read the first title to enjoy this one. You could start here and not be in any way prejudiced.

This follow up novel is ju
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Prey is the second DI Callanach novel, and it is a truly amazing read. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s my favourite read of the year thus far. I came so close to giving it a five star rating – it’s one of the strongest four-point-five star ratings I have given in a long time – yet my inherent stringiness with five star ratings means tiny things prevented me from quite giving the full five stars. It was extremely close to five stars, though, I cannot deny that. Moreover, I’m positiv ...more
Sep 08, 2018 added it
"Four victims currently in limbo at the city mortuary. Death by strangulation, facial skinning, stabbing and crushing." And there's more to come...

If you haven't yet picked up this series and moved it to the top of your TBR pile, I think you're missing some of the best crime fiction available. This series is awesome for many reasons: the plots, the action, the drama, and the characters. All of it, and more, bundled up to give you an evening or two of suspense and enough chills to kee
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I haven't read the first in the series, I was approaching this (which I listened to on audiobook) from the point of view of someone new to the series.

The D.I. Callanach series seems like a solid, interesting and - at times - very dark crime/ thriller series. It's grim in places, which I have to say I really enjoyed; on the whole I do like my crime novels gritty and hard-hitting - and this certainly fits the bill!

The main character, Luc Callahan, is a rather attractive
In second of this new fascinating and thrilling series, DI Luc Callanach and team face the most diabolical and menacing serial killer who happens to target the most kind, giving, and empathetic do-gooders. Can the Scottish Police halt this violence before another victim is claimed? An excellent series for those who enjoy M.J. Arlidge and Robert Bryndza.
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This was an arc, but when I went to Amazon to buy book 1, there was no Kindle version available, only an overly expensive print version (Avon UK). Bummer...

Very good police procedural. I missed the first book in the series; but there was enough backstory given to catch me up. I'll definitely be following the series from here on out. The story was meaty and convoluted. There was almost too much going on to keep up with. Ava and Luc were real cops with real human issues and foibles. No super-cops
Charmaine Saliba
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Last night, I finished Perfect Prey by Helen Fields. This is the second book in DI Callanach series. I really loved it and couldn't put it down.
DI Callanach was called to investigate a murder, when he arrived on the crime scene was obvious that it won’t be an easy case. The victim is a young man, who was brutally killed during a concert. No one saw or heard anything. The only hope for the Scotland Police was the cameras.
That day, another victim was found murdered brutally at her home. When DI
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Sally Whiteside
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how much I love this series. It is a fabulous book. This is up there with Angela Matson's and Robert Bryndza books for me. Can't get enough.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think something very strange has happened! I am ever so slightly lost for words! I’ve just finished #PerfectPrey and it is completely way off the scale awesome! I don’t want to say any more about the plot than the blurb already tells you because I want you to read, savour and devour this book with the same intensity that I just have!

Luc and Ava are back again but this time there is a bit of a fly in the ointment in their friendship and that fly goes by the name of DCI Joe Edgar and
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, I could hardly put this book down.
Elaine Tomasso
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy of Perfect Prey, the second Edinburgh based police procedural to feature DI Luc Callanach and DI Ava Turner.

Callanach is called out to a murder scene. A young man has been stabbed at a festival. When the initial flurry is over it is discovered that the victim is a charity worker with no known enemies and the killing is particularly vicious and professional. In the meantime Turner is called to another murder scene w
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
D.I. Luc Callanach is back ! I read the Perfect Remains earlier this year and loved it. I have been eagerly awaiting this next book Perfect Prey, it has not disappointed !

It still retains the main characters from the first and adds some interesting ones to the cast. This is brutal, gritty and very well written in this intense thriller. The plot is vast as is the cast. There was one particular character I hated with a passion,so well has he been written, another one had my heart in my
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