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In Edinburgh, young Zoey Cole is kidnapped, mutilated and left dying on the side of the road. The insane perpetrator removed two large pieces of skin from her. Shortly afterwards, another young woman disappears. A doll is found in her baby's stroller - sewn from pieces of Zoey's skin! And inside there is a note with a verse from the Bible.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach Investigate: Are you dealing with a lunatic religious perpetrator? Soon another young woman disappears ...

My opinion:
»The perfect sin« is the fourth part in the series about DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach. However, the book can be read on its own as the story is self-contained. The title with »The perfect ...« reveals the row to which it belongs. The title also fits in terms of content, but this only becomes apparent from about the last third.

Helen Fields' writing style is again very fluent to read, as she manages to keep a constant arc of tension and let the chapters end with nasty cliffhangers. So you don't want to put the book down.

The perpetrator's modus operandi is also something completely new and astonishing: young women are left dying on the roadside, a large piece of skin is cut out; and where these skin-dolls then appear, the new victim is to be found. Creepy, perfidious and scary. How the respective Bible verses are to be interpreted also leaves one puzzled. Of course you want to know who and why is killing the young women and sewing dolls out of their skin.

The author does an excellent job of groping in the dark the whole time and not having a chance to guess the culprit beforehand. The whole story as well as the resolution of the perpetrator and his motive are coherent, logical and credible. Even if I wasn't entirely happy with the end at first, I was satisfied after all; because, as in real life, not everything happens the way you want it to. And these credible details - like from real life - I like so much about this series.

I particularly like the fact that the police officers' investigative work is presented in an authentic and comprehensible manner. Just like in real life, there are plenty of clues to be followed; and not every trace leads to a result. The other people involved are also all interesting characters with rough edges, with whom one cheers.

Anyone who has already read the other parts can follow the investigators' interesting private developments.

The second storyline is also exciting, where homeless drug addicts are injured by having a "Z" scratched on their cheek; where one puzzles for a long time how this relates to the main story.

Ingeniously fast-paced 4th part in the series about investigators Ava Turner and Luc Callanach; with a compelling plot and a believable resolution. 4.5 stars.