Review: "The Beautiful Dead"

“The Beautiful Dead,” by Belinda Bauer, is the story of London television journalist and crime reporter, Eve Singer. Her career is on the downslide, and Singer is feeling threatened by Guy Smith, another channel’s crime reporter. His ratings are soaring while hers are sinking.

When a young woman is brutally murdered in a park, the news sickens her, but Singer is hopeful her reporting of the case will kick-start her career. While heading home on foot from the crime scene, she senses she is being followed. Looking behind her, she sees a man in a hoodie sweatshirt.

She is almost home when the stranger is beside her. Her fear quickly amps up as she tries to figure out how to avert a potential assault. Singer turns to the stranger and smiles. She tells him that she is grateful to have a companion to accompany her on her short journey home. After smiling and thanking the stranger, she enters her home and breathes deeply, putting her fears aside. Singer has no idea she has just encountered the killer.

The killer, on the other hand, immediately feels a connection to Singer, like he’s discovered a kindred spirit in her.

Singer lives with her father, whose mental state is rapidly declining. He no longer knows that Singer is his daughter. Sadness engulfs her as she reflects on her life, which, other than her career, consists solely of working and caring for her father.

When another murder occurs, Singer receives a call from the killer. He wants her to cover the crime because he feels she understands him. Feeling torn about giving this killer publicity or ignoring his request, Eve becomes involved and the plot continues to twist.

Readers will be sitting on the edge of their seat until the final page of this riveting thriller.