Having never read anything by the talented Belinda Bauer before but having heard such great things about her writing I was truly looking forward to reading this "The Beautiful Dead". I know no doubt that it will have been said before but the cover design of this book is just GORGEOUS and so attractive you'll be drawn to it whether you've heard of the author or not.
It begins with such a scary opening that you can't help but be drawn in immediately to this impressive book and by the end of the first chapter you just know you won't be putting this down any time soon! The atmosphere of fear and tension was almost tangible and had me quite scared.
TV crime reporter Eve Singer, whilst reporting on a series of murders unwittingly becomes the centre of a serial killer's attention who wants her for his 'deadly talent'.
This storyline is ingenious and in my opinion has some great characters - I loved the camaraderie between Eve and her cameraman Joe, and thought Mr Elias to be brilliant addition. The balance between Eve's work and the all too familiar home life with her father's dementia was perfect and although sad the author was able to make her father's situation quite humorous.
I thought this book was professionally written and personally loved the confident writing style, it was pace perfect and probably gave a true insight into how difficult the competition must be between journalists fighting for the same story. There were some particularly blood pulsing scary moments in the story and at times very tense. I highly recommend this thrilling crime novel - I was glued to the pages and I know I will go on to read more by Belinda Bauer in the future.
However, I will definitely be looking over my shoulder at the cinema from now on.........