‘Susie Hollins may have been no great shakes as a karaoke singer, but I didn’t think that was enough reason for anyone to want to kill her.’
Charlie Fox makes a living teaching self-defence to women in a quiet northern English city. It makes best use of the deadly skills she picked up after being kicked out of army Special Forces training for reasons she prefers not to go into. So, when Susie Hollins is found dead hours after she foolishly takes on Charlie at the New Adelphi Club, Charlie knows it’s only a matter of time before the police come calling. What they don’t tell her is that Hollins is the latest victim of a homicidal rapist stalking the local area.
Charlie finds herself drawn closer to the crime when the New Adelphi’s enigmatic owner, Marc Quinn, offers her a job working security at the club. Viewed as an outsider by the existing all-male team, her suspicion that there’s a link between the club and a serial killer doesn’t exactly endear her to anyone. Charlie has always taught her students that it’s better to run than to stand and fight, But, when the killer starts taking a very personal interest, it’s clear he isn’t going to give her that option . . .
Killer Instinct is a solid first book the Charlie Fox series.
What I liked: the writing style. The series is set in England and the author, Zoe Sharp, is Bristish. Some of the terms I was unfamiliar with but I enjoyed learning different phrasings. Ms Sharp didn't create a card board cut-put heroine. Charley is all too human. Her backstory was intriguing and not fully explained which added to the mystery. The novel flowed well and the world building was okay.
What I didn't like: there wasn't much not to like. I was getting a bit tense waiting for more information on Charlie's past but it unfolded the way it needed to
As a testament to Killer Instinct, I immediately bought the next book in the series, Riot Act.