Synopses & Reviews
Somewhere in London, a lonely young woman is reaching out to the wrong man. It's up to Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the rest of the Murder Squad to find her before a killer does.
When fourteen-year-old Gemma Kramer's broken body is found on the floor of St. Sebastian's Church, the official ruling is that she jumped to her death from the organ gallery above the altar. But then a witness comes forward claiming to have seen Gemma kissing a much older man before the two disappeared into the church together. And when the toxicology report reveals traces of GHB and alcohol in her system, a full-scale murder investigation is launched.
At the helm is Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia, a stubborn cop known for following his hunches. It's Tartaglia's first time in charge, and he walks right into a political minefield as the investigation turns up three more suspicious deaths all involving vulnerable young women falling to their deaths, all initially ruled suicides.
In the whirlwind of conflicting theories from the media, criminal profilers, and cautious administrators, Tartaglia and his detectives must connect the dots between victims to find a serial killer with a chilling predilection for lonely girls and deadly heights.
"At the start of British author Forbes's entertaining debut, a young woman falls to her death from the balcony of a dusty London church. Det. Insp. Mark Tartaglia and his team quickly discover that Gemma Kramer was lured there to meet a man calling himself Tom, who then delivered murder rather than the romantic suicide pact he promised. Searching the records, Tartaglia and his team uncover two of 'Tom's' other victims, formerly classed as suicides, as well as a suspicious death his instinct tells him is linked. Following the clues from two additional murders, Tartaglia and partner Sam Donovan nearly become Tom's victims themselves just before discovering Tom's true identity. The explanation of the killer's motivation and MO isn't entirely satisfying, but this minor lapse aside, this is an intelligently plotted, convincing and nicely textured read. One hopes to see more of the appealing cast of well-characterized police personnel in a sequel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"British debut author Forbes, a former investment banker, renders crisp prose, a clever plot, and an unsettling portrait of a charismatic psychopath. She is definitely one to watch." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Despite some familiar plot elements...debut novelist Forbes has written an engrossing police procedural that fans of Jill McGown and Ian Rankin will place on their reserve list. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"[A] beautifully-layered book....Fans of Inspector Banks or Adam Dalgliesh will embrace this accomplished debut." Mystery Scene Magazine
"Die with Me may be the first book by Elena Forbes, but she already writes like a seasoned pro. Deftly plotted, carefully nuanced and compulsively readable, Forbes combines the best elements of a police procedural and a psychological thriller into a chilling portrait of a monstrous killer. Elena Forbes is a fresh new voice in a crowded field and Die with Me is a stellar debut. We will hear much more from this talented writer. Highly-recommended." Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author of The Confession
"Dark, chilling and clever, Die with Me is a classic whodunit. With her gripping, textured plot, complex characters and fascinating procedural details all playing out on the moody streets of London Elena Forbes bursts on the crime fiction scene with a fantastic debut. This is a sophisticated, intelligent novel bound to keep you up past your bedtime." Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth
A new detective series in the style of Prime Suspect
from a great new talent from the UK.
A series of deaths apparent suicides of vulnerable young girls is baffling police in London: the bodies are found in the naves of churches after having fallen from a great height. Thanks to a badly-handled leak, the press are all clamoring for a serial killer called The Bridegroom, and amidst the maelstrom of conflicting theories from the media, criminal profilers, politically competitive colleagues and the general circus surrounding a major murder enquiry, the chilling deaths mount up...
About the Author
Elena Forbes grew up in London. After earning a degree in French and Italian from Bristol University, she worked in portfolio management for a number of international investment groups before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in central London with her husband and two children. Die with Me is her first novel, and she is currently at work on the sequel.