Cannibal City Book Review

Cannibal City was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book: Cannibal City

Author: Jennifer Lee Thomson

Publication Date: 16th May 2020

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: thriller


A killer is stalking his victims on Glasgow’s streets. 

Men are being abducted, kept tied up for weeks and force-fed, then strangled and their livers are being removed.

Detective Inspector Duncan Waddell has enough problems not least of all that his best friend and colleague Stevie who’s meant to be comatose is talking to him and only him. Now he faces his most bizarre case yet.

This time he has help in the shape of FBI profiler Odessa Thorne who arrives as part of a new Police Scotland initiative.

When a career criminal comes forward to say he was targeted by the killer but somehow managed to get away, Waddell hopes it’s the breakthrough they need. But can they trust this witness who’s known to be a habitual liar?

As they close in on their ruthless killer Waddell must look into a heart of darkness to get his killer.

My Review

I’ve always loved a thriller following the detectives following a murder case and this one was no different. This was a really fast paced, shocking, dark and very gritty story that I had a lot of fun reading.

This story is so gruesome and very dark. Some descriptions had me cringing due to the graphic content.

There are a lot of interesting characters we meet throughout this novel such as our main detective who may or may not be slowly losing his mind, a young officer learning the ropes, a very stubborn fierce and strong female reporter wanting to make it big and so much more.

This was definitely a book that makes me want to pick up the rest of the series.

About the Author

Jennifer is an award-winning crime writer (she won the Scottish Association of Writers Award for crime thriller Vile City, the first book in the Detective in a Coma series) and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association. She studied creative writing at Strathclyde University. She’s also a feature writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Times and Scotland On Sunday.

She wrote the Detective in a Coma (so called because the detective in the title is in a coma and only the lead character in the series DI Waddell can hear him) and the Die Hard for Girls series of books.

A human and animal rights advocate, she wrote Living Cruelty Free – Live a More Compassionate Life which focuses on how we can be kinder to animals and each other.

In her spare time, she loves going for walks with my rescue greyhound Harley and plotting the perfect murder.

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