A serial killer is on the loose .... not so much different from other serial killers we've all read. They're all on the loose until they are caught.
This one is different. He is taking young university students and in his words .. experimenting ... on them. He is using a template of previous psychological experiments that were recorded years earlier. He is just 'improving' the tests.
DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi are called upon to investigate. Murphy is still trying to come to terms with finding his parents both brutally murdered. Rossi is ..in our country .. a rookie who looks to Murphy as a mentor. When the bodies, horribly mutilated, start piling up, Rossi fears for her supervisor's sanity.
I love the interaction between the characters. I feel sympathy for Murphy, who wonders if his loss of family will ever allow him to act normally. Rossi is young, ambitious, willing to do those things that bother her most ... like watching an autopsy. DS Tony Brannon is like a small puppy, so anxiously wanting all the big dogs to play with him but instead, they ignore him as much as possible.
There are lots of secondary people roaming around the perimeter of the plot line ...which is necessary in a who-dun-it. But they added intrigue rather than become distracting.
It was the cover of the book and the author's interesting name that drew me in ... but it was the book itself that kept me reading.