#BlogTour #Review ~ Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by @lee_leecockburn ~ @AuthorightUKPR ~ @Authoright

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving paedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (21 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191152531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911525318

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About Lee Cockburn

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.
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My Review

I was aware before I embarked on this book that it was branded as unsettling however I feel duty bound to point out some *trigger* aspects because I know several of my readers will be troubled by such content. This is an extremely harrowing tale involving paedophilia, murder and self-harming. There are also explicit lesbian sex scenes. If any of these subjects upset/offend you I would suggest NOT reading it. 

BUT now I have made that clear I am going to continue and say I was absolutely mesmerised by this, it’s dark, edgy, stomach churning, heart-wrenching stuff but it is also highly addictive. Once I had got past the first few pages I was hooked, in my opinion it is worth sticking with it and it will eventually all become clear and progress into a crime, police procedural thriller.

Nathan and Amy suffer hideous torture and abuse at the hands of their mother and step-father this is their story. 

As the years have progressed people are being assaulted and bodies start appearing, they all have a connection to a crime ring and whoever the attacker is leaves a ‘calling card’ with each mutilated corpse. If I wasn’t freaked out by porcelain dolls previously I am now!

The police team investigating are a strong tight unit, Taylor the Detective Sergeant was clearly my favourite, she is a powerful woman full of confidence and totally aware of her appeal to other women. She fights for justice and stands no crap from any suspects. Detective Constable Marcus Black also endeared himself to me .. a situation with his family is so well written it sent shivers down my spine and the sheer terror and desperation was palpable.

Once the team know they are chasing a serial killer the tension escalates .. I was convinced I knew who would be found guilty but I was wrong and was kept guessing the outcome until nearer the end. The ending itself leaves the way open for another book *I hope*. 

I hesitate to say I enjoyed this due to the subject matter but it is certainly highly entertaining, the author excels with her knowledge of the police and that comes across strongly. It’s a bloody marvellous book and I am glad I read it!

Thanks to the author and publishers .. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

One thought on “#BlogTour #Review ~ Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by @lee_leecockburn ~ @AuthorightUKPR ~ @Authoright

  1. Thanks Ali – I was unaware of Lee’s work before & this is exactly the sort of book that will keep me turning the pages no matter how late the hour!

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