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ADAM WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE LAURA HAPPY. EVEN IF IT KILLS HER. After a devastating car crash wipes out her family, Laura struggles to get her life together. Grieving, she becomes forgetful. She doesn't remember how money got into her purse, or buying that pint of milk... Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He cooks meals. He does the housework. He looks after Laura's every neADAM WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE LAURA HAPPY. EVEN IF IT KILLS HER. After a devastating car crash wipes out her family, Laura struggles to get her life together. Grieving, she becomes forgetful. She doesn't remember how money got into her purse, or buying that pint of milk... Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He cooks meals. He does the housework. He looks after Laura's every need. He knows everything about her. But Laura has never met Adam. And she knows nothing about him. What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? How did he become warped from a sensitive boy who adored the fairy tales his gran read to him? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends? This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Into The Darkest Corner, Behind Closed Doors, and Sometimes I Lie will be captivated. What readers are saying about FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD 'Loved it! Brilliantly original and addictive. Very clever.' BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. 'An amazing, un-put-down-able read! Aside from the exquisite writing, what I loved was the characters. These were real people - people you were rooting for. Wonderful, ' Louise Beech, author of How To Be Brave and The Mountain In My Shoe. 'A chillingly drawn serial killer. Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed... Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact.' Sunday Mirror 'Enthralling, tense and moving, ' Real People magazine 'Utterly twisted, satisfyingly shocking and brilliantly clever... To come across something unique in a genre that is so massively popular is always a special treat.' Nicky Reviews Reads 'This is a stonking read and if you haven't read it, why haven't you read it You really are missing out!' Damp pebbles 'This book is one hell of read and totally took my breath away. Seriously, I thought I was going to have a heart-attack.' Chelle's Book Reviews 'Mesmerising, terrifying, intriguing, very unsettling, totally compulsive and a fantastic read.' Being Anne 'Once in a while a book comes along that is so different to anything else that I've read it kind of takes my breath away! [Flowers For The Dead is] one of those that you need to savour and slowly digest to get every last drop of brilliance from it. I don't think I have ever developed such an emotional attachment to a fictional baddie before.' My Chestnut Reading Tree Praise for Barbara Copperthwaite: 'It grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. A tense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride' Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Cold Blood 'Vividly written and absolutely gripping. I couldn't put it down!' The Genre Reader (5 stars) 'There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, leading all the way to a jaw-dropping ending that left me spinning.' Novel Deelights (5 stars) 'Gripping and shocking. Had me completely enthralled in the action...a story that got under my skin.' Rachel's Random Reads (5 stars) 'A dark, compelling and unforgettable read that had me hooked. The final paragraph haunted me, long after I had finished reading.' Brew and Books review (5 stars) 'OH MY WORD! This is a fantastic read!... I was totally immersed in the Thomas family's story... Outstanding, I highly recommend!' Chat About Books 'Absolutely superb, she's only gone and done it again - did NOT want to put this book down!!' Donna's Book Blog 'I absolutely loved this well-written emotional rollercoaster, the twists in the story keep you hooked, trying to work out what happened that night. Highly recommended.' Nicki's Life of Crime...

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Flowers for the Dead Reviews

  • Angela Marsons
    2019-03-11 21:04

    Absolutely loved this book. I found myself both frightened of and sympathetic to Adam at the same time. His pursuit of Laura was relentless but given his past his mental state was quite understandable although I'm not sure Laura would agree. The tension built throughout towards the breathtaking and emotional climax. Highly recommended.

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-03-12 21:20

    Flowers for the Dead is a cracking read with some brilliant characters and a great storyline. However I now have a major problem because I actually really liked Adam the serial killer and felt sorry for him so now I think there might be something wrong with me!! Highly recommended for lovers of sick and twisted serial killers! ‪#‎teamAdam‬

  • Sarah
    2019-03-12 15:11

    Flowers For The Dead is the first book I have read by this author and after reading this one it certainly will not be the last!Adam Bourne is a serial killer like no other that I have read about. He really is one very sick and twisted individual. Not only does he kill unsuspecting women he also stalks them, watching their every movement.Laura Weir is still trying to come to terms with the loss of her family after a crash which Laura was the only survivor. Laura starts to notice little things at first going on in her flat and she soon starts to fear that she is losing her mind but what is actually happening is far worse than she can imagine. Even the police think she is crazy when she reports all the odd incidents.When the strange things started to happen in Laura's flat I could feel through the authors writing the emotion that Laura was going through of disbelief, shock and over all the awful feeling of being scared then terror. It really gives you an insight into how a victim must feel through being terrorised by a crazed stalker.The story flicks between present day and parts of Adams past, ranging from him being a child to as he gets older and to certain events. Even though there are some incidents that happen in his past I still can not get my head past just how disturbed Adam is. I have to say the relationship between Adam and his grandmother is very endearing and I really enjoyed reading of the time they spent together.Flowers For The Dead is a very creepy and quite an intense read. Towards the end the story really picks up pace and had me right on the edge of my seat.Many thanks to the author for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joanne Robertson
    2019-02-27 19:06

    Once in a while a book comes along that is so different to anything else that I've read it kind of takes my breath away! It has taken me a long time to read this book (kindle problem mainly!) but it's one of those that you need to savour and slowly digest to get every last drop of brilliance from it. It's like a fairy tale of old, when they were gruesome and scary, something not allowed in our politically correct world today! And this adult fairy tale certainly didn't have a happy ending!Adam Bourne is a serial killer. We know that from the start, this is no "whodunit". But Adam is unlike any serial killer you have ever met before. I don't think I have ever developed such an emotional attachment to a fictional baddie before. I just wanted to reverse the clock for him and change his history as Adam was a classic example of "nurture versus nature" which is a huge interest of mine. Without his upbringing would Adam have killed? Was he born with psychopathic tendencies? Barbara Copperthwaite has written a character that you feel tremendous sympathy for, more so than his victims and that takes a very clever author! I loved the way that the chapters were named after flowers and their meanings, although it took me a while to notice that, so caught up was I in Adams story. It was details like that that made this book such a pleasure for me to read, I also noticed the flower theme continued subtly with Mike's daughter name! Mike, Laura and Adams grandmother were also very interesting characters especially Mike who's emotions and actions of being a widow and single father were perfectly handled throughout.I had this book on my kindle for a while before reading it waiting for the right time to read as I had heard it was a bit gory in places but after reading it I can say that although gruesome it is absolutely integral to the plot so please don't be put off by anything you have heard before. I had that feeling of loss once I had finished it and even now just have an incredible sympathy for its main character-it's a weird feeling!Highly recommended by me!

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-03-09 17:18

    Flowers for the Dead is a cracking read withsome brilliant characters and a great storyline. However I now have a major problem because I actually really liked Adam the serial killer and felt sorry for him so now I think there might be something wrong with me!! Highly recommended for lovers of sick and twisted serial killers! #teamAdam

  • Shell Baker
    2019-03-10 17:02

    Firstly I would like to thank the ladies at Mim's Book Club for recommending this to me. I have heard lots of good things about Flowers For The Dead at the last two meetups. And I have to say they wasn't wrong. I am so glad I bumped it up my tbr pile after buying it in December.This book is one hell of read and totally took my breath away. Seriously I thought I was going to have an heart-attack. My heart was racing that hard I actually had an OMG moment where I found myself covering my mouth saying oh my god. This is one hell of a white knuckle ride I was gripped from the start. I loved the fact that it was so twisted and warped and you never knew what Adam was going to do next.Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders his victims and cuts off the women's lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy. The story flicks back to different times of Adam's life where we learn his life has a child with his nan that he adored and how he grows up to be a inhumanly cruel person. Then he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them which she has no idea she is part of.This is very well written and Barbara keeps you on tenterhooks all the way through. I also love the fact and we know who the serial killer is throughout the book, is a very original. And we get an insight to the serial killers dark, twisted mind. So this isn't your normal guess who did it book. I love the fact it is set in an area that I know. I will definitely be looking over my shoulder next time I am in Birmingham.If you are a fan of tense, creepy, psychological thrillers Flowers For The Dead is a must read. It will literally have you on the edge of your sit holding your breath! I highly recommend it giving it 5 stars.

  • Tracy Shephard
    2019-03-22 19:13

    WOW Flowers for the Dead is one of the most terrifying novels you will ever read.Adam Bourne is a troubled man, as a small boy he was abused by his mother and the image conjured by the writing of Barbara Copperthwaite is uncomfortable and disturbing. I felt some empathy for him and if it wasn’t for his beloved gran he might never have felt love or acceptance his whole life.As a serial killer Adam is one twisted soul. His knowledge of flowers, a subject he learned from his gran plays a brilliant part in this fascinating read. The language of flowers is something I have heard of, but never really took notice of and Barbara has stirred in me a thirst for learning more.Adam is a hunter, he chooses his victims with precision and in the name of true love. He is scarily perverse and he stalks them, even to the point of breaking into their homes and watching them while they sleep.In Laura he hopes he has found a soul mate, but her own tragic life has left her with a strong will to survive and her determination, she hopes, will not let him win.All the characters in Flowers for the Dead have personality, and Mike especially is a warm and personable man. With his own demons and his love for his daughter I do hope Barbara has more in store for him, and that we have not heard the last of him.This book is gritty and is a certain chiller for fans of this genre. It is one I highly recommend and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-17 21:20

    When the author of Flowers for the Dead asked if I would like to read and review her book I said as long as it's not too gruesome! I like crime and psychological thrillers but I don't do gruesome. Well, it is true that the ritual which serial killer Adam performs after he's killed his victims did make me shudder, but this book is really gripping and the dark aspects didn't put me off. Flowers for the Dead tells the story of Adam who, as I mentioned, is a serial killer and his obsession with Laura. Will she be his next victim?I really enjoyed the way this story unfolded. As the story goes on, we learn of Adam's life from when he was a young boy and as he grows up. Each chapter also has scenes set in the present where we follow his current obsession with Laura. Laura has lost her entire family in a tragic accident and, not surprisingly, is struggling to cope. She is very vulnerable, just the type of woman Adam seeks out. Adam was a very lonely though sensitive young boy, fascinated by fairy tales and is looking for his 'happy ever after'. I wondered how this troubled boy became the obsessive damaged young man of the present and a psychotic serial killer. As I read, the author begins to reveal how this happened. He has had a difficult childhood with only his grandmother really understanding him and showing him love. The author creates a real sense of unease throughout the book and I felt genuinely worried for Laura. It was shocking and quite scary just how much information stalkers can find out online from the simplest of searches. People often reveal much more than they realise on social media and Adam was even able to find out the layout of Laura's home from when it was previously for sale. Perfect for a stalker and the way Adam uses his knowledge means that when Laura goes to the police, she isn't taken seriously until detective Mike gets involved. In the last few chapters, I could hardly put the book down! Would Mike figure everything out in time to save Laura?This is an excellent, page-turner of a psychological thriller and that bit different in that you do feel a degree of sympathy for killer. I was completely enthralled by the storyline and couldn't stop thinking about it. It was scary but believable, tense and gripping. A very cleverly constructed and well plotted story. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Susan Hampson
    2019-02-27 15:26

    Oh wow! What a brilliant all round novel this is, that is made of grizzly fairy tales, cruelty, tragedy and obsession. I have to say at this point that I could have fallen for physcho Adam's charms myself. He was a real take your breath away romantic sort of guy, in more ways than one.There is a lot happening in this novel but Barbara Copperthwaite filters the story out a bit at a time, allowing you to connect with every character in the story. The core characters build as they go back and forth into the past and present day, where your heart breaks for a little boy that simply never stood a chance. This story really messed with my head because I got where I really wanted Adam to find that special Princess. One of the parts of the book that made it very unique were the flowers and their meanings. Very clever, loved this in the story. I won't ever buy flowers again without finding out what the meaning is behind them.A brilliant book, totally gripping full on entertainment.

  • Pat
    2019-03-14 17:27

    Oh dear, I'm doing the lone voice thing again. I did not like this book. At all. How cliched is a killer who does what he does because his mummy abused him. Oh but he's such a sensitive soul. Crap - he's a delusional sociopath who thinks his victims should be grateful because he sneaks into their homes and does all this nice stuff for them and then wonders why they freak out when a strange man (the weirdo stalker) appears in their homes instead of saying "oh, finally you're here my love, thank you for all this stuff."Apart from the silly premise I found it slow and boring. And the ending was sooo predictable. Can we please have more imaginative thrillers instead of revisiting these tired old stereotypes. Look, I can enjoy a story about a serial killer targeting women (although that's getting a bit old too right now) but don't dress him up as some poor misunderstood sensitive guy who just needs a break. Can't get a girlfriend? I know - I'll stalk someone and they'll fall in love with me. Yeah right! Anyway, don't take my word for it, heaps of people really liked this book so you should make up your own mind.

  • Anne
    2019-02-22 19:17

    There's a small number of books that - in my eyes - set the standard for what I expect when I read a thriller. Definitely Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Most certainly Nearest Thing To Crazy by Elisabeth Forbes. Her by Harriet Lane and Paula Daly's Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? maybe? But Barbara Copperthwaite's Flowers For The Dead more than deserves to be included in that company - I found it mesmerising, terrifying, intriguing, very unsettling, totally compulsive and a fantastic read.That blurb tells you the story, but it really doesn't wholly prepare you for Adam. He's a monster - but one of the most attractive and likeable monsters I've ever encountered. You share his thoughts, you know what made him what he is, you know what he plans to do - but you can't help being on his side. There's a real discomfort in that, but it's quite perfectly handled. You can't help but love Laura too - the latest object of his affection. Her horrific background, her attempts to live her life, her suspicions that something strange is happening, her embarrassing visits to the police station,her adventures with cameras - you identify with her totally, but know far more than she does about what's actually going on. It's a really difficult one - you're strangely rooting for Adam, but that inevitably means the worst outcome for Laura. You find yourself questioning where your sympathies really lie. I never did entirely resolve it, and I loved every uncomfortable moment. This book is so cleverly constructed - the reader is the only one who knows and understands what made Adam who it is, and the background is woven into the story quite seamlessly, and without any impact on its relentless pace. Barbara Copperthwaite writes quite beautifully - the words flow easily and the pages turn, and she makes the chilling and dark, the absurd and horrific into easy reading. That's quite a skill - and one that really makes me really want to read more. I have Invisible on my Kindle already - and I'll be first in the queue for whatever she writes next. Yes, I'm going to say it - this is, without a moment's hesitation, one of my books of the year.

  • The Book Review Café
    2019-03-06 22:28

    Flowers For the Dead is very different to most of the crime thrillers I have read, mainly because the reader takes a terrifying and Spine-chilling look into the dark and deviant mind of a serial killer. Through alternating chapters we learn of Adams childhood and the terrible events that have shaped him into the serial killer he is today. I felt a wide spectrum of emotions whilst reading about Adam, he is such a complicated character, in parts I felt over whelming sadness for him and yet at other times I loathed the person he had become. Barbara has managed to capture the essence of a serial killer, which whilst very disturbing kept me gripped to the very last page.As Flower For the Dead unfolds we meet Laura, Adams next victim. As he stalks her we learn a lot about Laura she is very vulnerable after loosing her whole family in a car crash, the perfect “victim” for Adam. As Laura becomes the victim of Adams affections things take a dark turn and Through Laura’s eyes we can feel her terror as she is stalked by Adam. Laura’s fear is tangible and makes for an uncomfortable read at times, it’s easy to see how the behaviour of a stalker escalates, terrifying their victims and making them feel helpless.Flowers For the Dead is a very well constructed story, as the reader you are the only one who knows the “real” Adam and that can make for a uncomfortable read,at times I found myself rooting for Adam. How could I feel like this about a monster who also happens to be a serial killer your wondering? Well you are so drawn into Adams story that at times I felt a guilty compassion for him, and all he had been through. The characters are so utterly compelling, as is the story I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down.I find it hard to believe this is only Barbara Copperthwaits second book, as it was so well written, it certainly kept me up late into the night as I really didn’t want to put it down, Flowers For The Dead is utterly compelling and original in its content. I found it difficult to believe Barbara hasn’t been signed up by a publisher after writing this book (there loss in my opinion).First published to my blog

  • Beadyjan
    2019-03-23 22:09

    Ohh FANTASTIC read!What a chilling and scary look into the mind of a serial killer. In Flowers for the dead, we are taken deep into the psyche of Adam, he is the main protagonist of this killer thriller. There is never any element of who dunnit, we know he did it, we know who he did it to and we are pretty darn sure we know who he's going to do it to next!Given that the other part of the storyline focusses on the life of Laura who has had a really tough time of things, it's evident that her and Adams paths are going to cross. Laura has lost her entire family in a tragic accident which has left her struggling to cope, when she begins to feel she is being stalked, by of all things someone unknown who is doing kind but scary things in her home and for her, she wonders if she is just plain going bonkers We as reader know who's doing it, and bit by bit we find out why.What this cunning and twisted tale does is reveals Adams past bit by bit and I really don't think I'll be alone in saying, I was actually rooting for this guy, despite being appalled at his terrible, dreadful, actions he is such a tragically damaged guy and underneath it all lurks a nice bloke but so deeply hidden his nice side emerges in horrific ways, when he undertook one particular unspeakable act it actually made me want to cheer, I was thinking I don't blame you mate, I don't blame you one little bit. Is that sick? I don't know.I also thought when we found out more about Laura, even though I knew Adam was the most twisted and sick mass murderer, I did think for a brief time "Oh my she's PERFECT for him" then I realized, by even thinking this I was virtually condemning her to death!Oh and I cried - near the end - and not for the reason I thought I was going to be mourning - did anyone else cry? The most perfectly horrific, moving and twisted story one could possibly imagine, done with the most impeccable panache by talented author Barbara Copperthwaite. Bravo!

  • Neats
    2019-03-15 19:02

    Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a serial killer?If you've answered yes to the above question then Flowers for the Dead is just the book for you.Right from the start you know that Adam Bourne is a serial killer and that he will kill again but what you don't know is why. What has made this seemingly quiet and unassuming man stalk innocent women and then go on to kill them?After recently killing his latest victim, Adam is looking for her replacement when he spots Laura at one of his usual hunting grounds and so the cycle begins again but this time, we as readers, are able to follow the story from start to finish.There are so many reasons why I loved this book I'm not sure where to start. The story is beautifully written and the way that both characters backgrounds are slowly revealed is so effortlessly done you're not distracted from the main story at all, it helps you to understand them and adds depth. The build up of tension as I watched Adam's behaviour escalate and finding out what he'd done to his previous victims was disturbing when all the time at the back of my mind I kept thinking "There are real people out there like this". Adam's relationship with his gran melted my heart, the way that she was the only one who really loved him and how she taught him his extensive knowledge of flowers which he would use later on in his life, was wonderful to read.I could go on and on with this but I'll let you find out for yourselves what a fantastic book this is. There is one last thing though, this book will definitely be featuring in my top ten reads of 2015.

  • Alison Gray
    2019-03-14 18:02

    This is a story told from several viewpoints - a stalker, the person being stalked and the policeman who rumbles the stalker. It's cleverly done with stories interwoven from the past leading to the present and to the denouement. There's also a lot of emphasis on flowers and their meanings. It took me a little while to get into but once I did, I got caught up in the story.

  • Beth
    2019-03-21 15:13

    wow wow wow ! Anyone who hasn't read this needs too. I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara and not only is she a lovely person, her writing is top class !!

  • Janet
    2019-03-17 18:24

    A good start but perhaps a bit too long. Got a bit repetitive. A fuller review to follow.

  • Sumon
    2019-03-24 18:21

    A well-crafted piece, where you get to know the psyche of a serial killer. And this is probably one of those rare novels, which will make you feel for the villain. Relatable characters, gripping plots make it an unputdownable.

  • Emma
    2019-03-09 14:23

    This is a stonking read and if you haven't read it, why haven't you read it?? You really are missing out! It's a clever book as it made me feel things I didn't necessarily want to feel, such as a fondness for a warped and twisted serial killer. There aren't many fictional psychopaths who prompt that kind of emotion in readers. There aren't many fictional psychopaths like Adam...Adam Bourne is looking for love. His approach to finding the lady of his dreams differs to his peers though. Rather than meeting someone in a bar or giving online dating a go, Adam likes to follow a lady home (no matter where that home is, even Inverness isn't too far for Adam!), break in to her house and install cameras so he can watch from afar, thus learning everything he needs to know. When she's out he'll pop round and do the washing up, maybe get some food in...he's looking after his lady and that's what a gentleman does, right? Except some of his ladies need saving. How does the saying go, 'if you love something, set it free'. So that's exactly what Adam does, by choking the life out of them and cutting off their lips...I adore this book. I had heard great things so had high expectations. It met each and every one of them and threw in a little extra for good measure.I sympathised with Adam and felt quite sorry for him at points. Rather than disliking him, I disliked what created the killer within him, his revolting mother, Sara. She made my skin crawl. I think being a mother myself made me despise her even more. How any woman could do what she did, I don't know! As the book progressed though I began to dislike Adam more and more.There are flashbacks throughout the book which gradually fill in Adam's back story, bringing you closer and closer to the present. These really added to the story for me as they cover his relationship with his grandmother, his desperate need to learn about love and, of course, his previous kills.All in all this is a superb read and I will be downloading Invisible by Barbara Copperthwaite once I've finished this review! If I were able to write a book, this is the book I would want to write.Five out of five stars.Thanks to Barbara Copperthwaite and THE Book Club on Facebook for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alexina Golding
    2019-03-22 18:24

    What a story, I have just finished this book. Reading it in a day and a half, I just couldn't stop reading it.Barbara has written a fairytale crime novel at it's best. It is chilling, creepy and downright sadistic. However within this is woven so many tales.Adam's history of how he turned to his beloved Grandmother for salvation and in her own way how she nurtured the beast inside him.Adam is a quiet boy, we meet him at four years old, the chapters alternate between his growing up and who he has turned in to. The story of Adam is complex and you do see the story from his point of view.The characters are well maintained, read so well and you are compelled to feel.Flowers for the dead is a book that will stay with me for a long time, and I shall be recommending. How you can care for a psychotic killer and be haunted by him as well as wishing him ill.Laura has her own story to tell about why she is the way she is, can she be saved? Is she going to be a victim or heroin?Can Mike work this out in time? Is Adam a lover or stalker?Can you read this story, without falling a little bit in love with the idea of Adam, without the stalking issues?Read this book!Chillingly brilliant.

  • Abigail Osborne
    2019-03-11 14:21

    Ever since I read ‘Invisible’ I have been unashamedly excited and enthralled by Barbara Copperthwaite’s writing. I thought the plot and the way she makes you consider things about crime that you wouldn’t normally is fantastically original. I didn’t read Flowers for the Dead straight away because I wanted to pace myself and for Barbara to have another book on the horizon!Well, this book was worth the wait. I was expecting great things, and I was not disappointed. This book tells it’s story from the point of view of a serial killer. It was such a unique perspective because, usually, I don’t enjoy hating the main character. And how can you not hate a serial killer? Ask Barbara Copperthwaite! By the end of the book, I was filled with such unease because I was empathizing with Adam. I could actually see the building blocks of what made him who he was. It takes truly amazing writing to inspire that reaction from a reader. I think the amount of detail and knowledge has this book brimming with a realism that just pulls you in. When I read the back of the book, I was unsure if I would enjoy this sort of book. But the character exploration and the unique point of view was gripping.Read my full review here:

  • Julie
    2019-02-24 16:10

    A gripping read! very well thought out, with significant attention to detail.This story grabs you at the onset, each page takes you deeper into the depths of the mind of a stalker-come-serial-killer, and what leads a person to commit atrocious acts. I enjoyed the pace of 'Flowers for the dead', written with accuracy and sensitivity, it incited a multitude of feelings for the 'bad guy', including fear, anger, sympathy, and pity. The characterisation adds to the depth of this story, making the people within this book relatable and authentic, from a cop who is coping with his own losses, and female lead, who displays vulnerability and strength.'Flowers for the dead' takes you on journey around the UK, the hunting and stalking ground of Adam Bourne, whose own reality contains a sadness, that helps separate the person from the behaviour, until his actions become that of which nightmares are made of.The tension and despair Laura Weir endured are palpable, her insecurities and endurance make her a epitome of a well written strong female character, who is believable.A very well written psychological crime novel!!

  • Federica
    2019-02-22 17:10

    I received a copy of this book from THE Book Club in exchange of an honest review.Wow that was creepy! I really enjoyed this book, the first I've read from this author and surely not the last. My actual rating would be 4.5, I couldn't give it 5 because I've been reading this book while my husband was away for work and I was home alone with my baby... I was freaking out! The first night alone after I read for hours, I got spooked out by my shower curtain, just to give you an idea! LOLIt's a really interesting story and the flashbacks help understanding more why Adam does what he does. Even fairy tales don't sound the same. The characters are all interesting and in a way, they complete each other. Different personality, different struggles.The flowers are the stars of this tale, filling the silence when words don't come or are not enough.A fast pace story that I would definitely recommend it.

  • Di Stirling-Chow
    2019-03-14 20:05

    An interesting take on the serial killer genre – a chance to understand and even empathise with Adam. I can’t say I liked him – I don’t think we were meant to go quite that far - after all he’s a serial killer! But there were moments when I felt for him. Understanding the twisted logic behind the murders doesn’t usually bring empathy in books about women being killed but this one came very close. For a different take on the genre give this one a whirl!

  • Audrey Gibson
    2019-03-24 21:13

    OMG, I highly recommend you read this book, its brilliant. I really can't believe I feel sorry for a psychopath and serial killer. I wonder if Adam's life would have been different if he had a 'normal' upbringing, or are they born this way. Getting into the mind of a serial killer was fascinating, creepy and very unsettling. A huge 5 stars from me.

  • Louise Beech
    2019-02-21 21:08

    This was just an amazing, un-put-down-able read! Aside from the exquisite writing, what I loved was the characters. These were real people - people you were rooting for, and that includes Adam. In fact, particularly Adam, which is an amazing feat to pull off. Don't think I've ever read a book quite like it. Wonderful. Will think about it for a long time. Look forward to more from Barbara.

  • Lisa Whitehouse
    2019-03-16 21:17

    Wow... this book blew me away! I never thought I would feel a little sympathy for a serial killer but this story is like no other crime novel I've ever read. I really didn't want it to end. Highly recommended

  • Lianne
    2019-03-01 19:29

    This is a great read for a fan of the dark and twisty. It was well written with good characters. I had real empathy for the serial killer which is rare. I don't think I will ever look at a bouquet of flowers given to me the same again. A must read for the dark and twisty fans

  • Selina Trafford
    2019-03-05 14:30

    Brilliant story of a sociopath who at the end you pity. You would imagine after all he did you would feel he is a monster but all he wanted was the love. A powerful, thrilling read

  • Jodi
    2019-02-26 14:11

    Great book. Highly recommended. Very creepy!