Snakes and Ladders
Psycho meets The Silence of the Lambs
One killer on the loose. Another setting the rules. A profiler caught in the middle.
A serial killer is terrorising London, removing a body part from each victim and leaving in its place a single pink rose.
Dr Vernon Sange, a multiple murderer awaiting extradition, seems to know the culprit’s identity—but he’ll only talk to profil...more
Finished reading: December 13th 2019
"Caring makes you human. It's the one thing that differentiates us from the monsters we hunt."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
As soon as I read the first line of the blurb on Netgalley I was sold. I mean: Psycho meets The Silence Of The Lambs... How on earth would I be able to resist that?! Add the promise of a serial killer and ...more
I didn't know this was the third book in the series yet held up as a standalone.
I love serial killer mysteries, more so if the protagonist is female so I was excited when my request was approved.
Ziba Mackenzie is a highly respected profiler responsible for catching the notoriously charming serial killer Dr. Vernon Sange.
When a series of ritualistic murders brings Ziba into the investigation, she is tasked to speak to Dr. Sange, wh ...more
Snakes and Ladders is the third book featuring ex special forces turned profiler Ziba Mckenzie.
Ziba was giving a series of lectures at the FBI Academy in Quantico. During the lecture DC Barnwell from Scotland Yard interrupted the talk to bring her back to London.
Serial killer and Oxford Don Dr Vernon Sange was due to be extradited back to the US for execution. However he wanted to talk to Ziba because he ...more
Murders of women were happening in town and the cops needed teh freelancing profilrler Ziba to catch this murderer. This was book 3 in the series. I felt the characters would have been better understood if I had read the first 2 books. Nevertheless, this story too intrigued. Ziba was the one ...more
I can't decide if I like her as a character or not. I do feel that she needs to have someone in her life, but on the other hand, does she? She's furriatingly brilliant and portrayed well.
Definitely looking forward to reading the next one. I don't feel satisfied with the outcome and find that I am wanting more. ...more
Now the moral of the story might just be 'walk away' but for Ziba our profiler she's into far deeper than she'd like and shitte's about to hit the fan.
You see the killer will only talk to her because she's the one who put him away while waiting extradiction.
Sange is one strange dude and while he's whispering things to her another PRK killer (Pink Rose Killer) is on the kill.
It's surely death if you forfeit so this cat and mouse game goes on for quite some time but ...more
SNAKES AND LADDERS is the third in the Ziba MacKenzie series, although I didn't know it at the time, but it reads well as a standalone. It was THAT good. There is enough background given throughout to ensure you don't miss out on anything. But be warned...once you start, you won't be able to stop and from there on in you then have a burning desire to g ...more
Ziba Mackenzie is a profiler who is asked to help with a murder case in the UK.
She’s contacted to help as they need to speak to Sange who is in prison, but he will only speak to her.
She was responsible for his capture and now as another killer is on the loose, he claims to know his identity.
Ziba goes to see him and doesn’t get a great deal from him, other than something else to worry about.
Ziba MacKenzie is an ace profiler with the FBI, called back to London to deal with imprisoned serial killer Dr Vernon Sange, who says he knows the identity of the PRK, a new murderer on the loose. Shades of Silenc ...more
I read this story via the Pigeonhole app where the book is split ...more
It is four stories rolled into one: First, Ziba’s collaboration with New Scotland Yard as they hunt for the Pink Rose Killer, so called because PRK places a pink rose next to victims’ bodies. Second, PRK’ ...more
I hadn't read the two books in the series prior to this offering and although I will now want to read the other books, it did not prevent me from enjoying the efforts of Ziba MacKenzie as a standalone story.
Yet again this female protagonist is a tough woman, a profiler working for Scotland Yard who has lost her husband to a shooting and now is wary about ge ...more
Ziba MacKenzie: The main character is intelligent, strong-willed, introspective, and confident. She also has a tendency to be impetuous, insecure, emotionally closed off, and judgmental. All ...more
This is my first mystery thriller book read in 2020. I was rather impressed for these reasons.
1.) Even though I did not read the prior books in the series, I can tell that the author continues the story or plot from the 1st book. It was as if I was reading a continuous plot to be continued.
2.) The author creates a suspense from beginning to end of the book.
3.) I felt curious throughout the book as hints of the killer was subtlety d ...more
I would like to make it as clear as possible that this book is the THIRD in a series. I had no idea when I started reading along with this until it became pretty obvious. The author insists that this can be read as a stand-alone. I think that it can but I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had read the other books in the series. There was so much that had obviously happened in previous books with several of the ch ...more
In 2013 she won the Full Stop Short Story Prize and her first novel, Blood for Blood, was shortlisted for the 2017 Debut Dagger Award.
Victoria lives in London with her husband and two sons.