Title: Knife Edge (Detectives Harvey and Birch #1)
Author: Kerry Buchanan
Published on: 15 April 2021
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Knife Edge is a dark, gritty and intense psychological thriller by Kerry Buchanan. The story starts with Nic finding herself in an unknown place. Her kidnapper comes around with a knife and harms her friend Colm. Nic somehow manages to escape the clutches of the killer and is rescued. At the hospital, the local police pay her a visit. She tells them about Colm and how the perp might have killed him. The house that Nic and Colm were held in is empty.
Detectives Asha Harvey and Aaron Birch are assigned to the case. Nic remembers the events leading to the kidnapping. She never partied but when Hannah invited her to a pub for a birthday party, Nic couldn’t say no. The last thing Nic remembers is Hannah giving her a drink.
Colm is nowhere to be found. Is Colm still alive? Meanwhile, the perp strikes again. This time, he kidnaps someone close to Nic.
Knife Edge is the first book in Kerry Buchanan’s Harvey and Birch series.
What a story! Phew! Knife Edge certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. Nail-biting, dark and gritty thriller that is sure to give you nightmares. What with the ongoing tension (many cases in my locality), I did not want to make this book my bedtime read.
As the story unfolds, we find Nic involving herself into the case. The hunter is hunted; she’s obsessed with finding him. The perp also makes it pretty clear he wants Nic back – to finish what he started… Nic’s family is devastated. When Nic is back, someone else is kidnapped – someone close to Nic. The perp plays a sinister game, throwing traps for Nic all along. Detectives Asha and Aaron are always by Nic’s side but the perp fears none.
Plenty of twists throughout the story. The twist at the end was unexpected and somehow, not up to my liking – sounded a little cliffhanger-ish… The only niggle I had with the story was Colm. The dead body found was not that of Colm; what happened to him? Colm certainly had a mysterious role throughout the story. The police did not follow this line of investigation – this annoyed me a little. I mean, if they had digged deeper into his history, they might have found the missing link.
Overall, Knife Edge by Kerry Buchanan was a good read. I really loved the suspense and the mystery element but the niggle ruined the read a tad. If you love to read nail-biting thrillers, you might want to give this book a try.