Rings of Death by Ricki Thomas
Sammy Cooper, a keen runner and registered to run the Raymouth Marathon, goes missing days before her nineteenth birthday and, due to her involvement with a seedy councillor, the details of her uncharacteristic disappearance hit the news, forcing the police to bring forward their standard inquiries. Meddling reporter, Nancy Blaine, is like a dog with a bone, and as more girls disappear and other missing girls are linked to the case, her dwindling career advances rapidly with her revealing front-page articles. But she's stepping on the official investigation and her chaotic stirring angers the police. With the Raymouth Marathon looming, and its organisers' adamant that they won't cancel the race, the identity of the kidnapper is discovered and the investigation takes a sickening turn...
About Ricki Thomas
Unlikely Killer was published in 2010 and was a runaway success, remaining top of the Kindle psychological thriller charts for over eight months and in the top ten for twelve. It was the 29th best selling e-book in 2011. It’s also available in paperback. Hope’s Vengeance and Bloody Mary were published in 2011, followed by Bonfire Night and Black Park in 2013, and Rings of Death in 2014 (all available as paperback and e-book). Ricki’s writing comes in many formats and genres, with numerous articles, short stories and biographies in magazines and anthologies worldwide, and a couple of screenplays in production.
Ricki has lived in many countries, having led a varied and eventful life and now enjoys a peaceful life with her family.
What I like most about Ricki Thomas thrillers are they are all standalone, always full of fresh ideas always full of surprises and all so very different. This time we have a kidnapping of not one, but five girls in total held hostage by a man the girls called Dick. He does not appear to be the sort of person who would wish to cause harm to anyone, yet here he is committed to his own personal campaign that involves him putting innocent lives in peril, for what reason the reader is kept guessing almost to the end of the book. I was taken on a journey into the very disturbed mind of someone who could commit such a heinous crime. As always with Ms. Thomas’s books, the complexity of the characters is not solely limited to the protagonists and antagonist, which adds to the depth of the whole story leaving me with resonance. It’s a story that once you have reached the end, you are not going to forget. I particularly liked the ruthless investigative journalist, Nancy Blaine, who would stop at nothing to get her story. The book had me looking forward to every spare moment I had, wanting to know what happens next. Great plot, great characters, and I highly recommend you buy it.