The Echo Man by Sam Holland reviewed

The Echo Man Book Cover The Echo Man
Sam Holland
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
April 14, 2022

The murders have begun…
Across England, a string of murders is taking place. Each different in method, but each horrifying and brutal.

But the killer is just getting started…
Jess Ambrose is plunged into the investigation when her house is set ablaze. With her husband dead and the police pointing at her, she runs. Her only hope is disgraced detective Nate Griffin, who is convinced Jess is innocent.

And he’s going to shock the world…
Soon, Jess and Griffin discover the unthinkable; this murderer is copying the world’s most notorious serial killers. And now, imitation isn’t enough. The killer dubbed The Echo Man is ready to create his own masterpiece, and it will be more terrifying than anything that has come before…

The Echo Man by Sam Holland

I did find the murder at the start of The Echo Man somewhat graphic but it gives you a taste of what is to come! After that we meet Jess and I was intrigued. After an argument with her husband she is sleeping in a different room to him and wakes to find the house on fire. This is not one of those books that starts slowly. The police who are investigating the murder are led by DCI Cara Elliott. Her brother, Nate Griffin, and also a policeman albeit suspended, plays an important part in this story too.

The fire in Jess’s house kills her husband and she is accused of killing him. Griffin, though disgraced, is less certain of that. He has been trying to find out more about a possible serial killer who has stayed under the radar so far. If you read the blurb about this book you will find out more about the nature of the serial killer. However I do prefer to give as little away as possible and find out about a book for myself. Suffice it to say there is no shortage of murders here.

The Echo Man is quite graphic and visceral at times and some readers might not like that. I can’t say that bothered me greatly although there were more than enough murders for the police to get to grips with. The book is written in the present tense and that was OK too. The pace and tension are generally well worked.

However I do have some real issues with the storylines and their believability. I know we need to suspend our beliefs in reality when we read a lot of police stories (& thrillers generally). There were times when I thought The Echo Man here was just too incredible. I actually really liked Jess’s character and thought that she was mostly very credible as a person. However her behaviour at times was simply not credible. This was a rather frustrating book to me. I never wanted to put it down but I was often annoyed by it. For me this is 3.5/5

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review