Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn
Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.
High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.
Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.
Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.
We start this story 22 years prior with twins Nathan and Amy. They are horribly abused physically, mentally, and sexually by their step father as their mother stands by and does nothing. Nathan does everything he can to protect his sister but there is only so much a 5 year old can do.
Zip ahead to present day and there is a vigilante on the hunt for pedophiles. They are paying back those that have abused and killed the young. He marks them in a noticeable way and leaves a creepy calling card behind. The police are trying to stop him but he is covering his tracts well until one slip up. The vigilante seems to have become a serial killer, but it’s hard to be too hard on him since his victims are getting what they deserve.
This is one book that will get your attention. We start with horribly detailed child abuse. Then we are exposed to the vigilante that graphically gets their revenge on his victims. You will also be reading about a lot of sex. I warn you of that first off because this will put a lot of people off this book. For me, it make the book even better, it makes this book very realistic and makes you pay attention to the facts that this stuff happens in real life.
I really liked Taylor and Marcus. They have different approaches but they work well together to catch the vigilante. And speaking of him, it’s kind of hard to want to stop him when he is essentially cleaning up the crap on the streets.
This is a great, graphic thriller that drew me in quickly and left me guessing at who the vigilante was. I will be putting Porcelain on my keep shelf and will be purchasing Devil’s Demise shortly.
I received Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents from Authoright for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Authors that have inspired me to write.
My favourite author is Tess Gerritson, I have read all of her novels and I especially enjoy her Rizolli and Isles series. I feel her books are gripping and brutal, in the nature of the crimes portrayed, they are well written and the balance between the crime, the investigation and the lives of the characters involved is spot on, although I think there could be a little more passion between Rizolli and Gabriel. There is always a good story line, which builds to finale and I just find them enjoyable to read and look forward to her next, and to me that is a winning formula.
I read lots of different books, I have read all of the Harry Potter series and enjoyed them all, and I can see why they are enjoyed by so many adults and children. I am lucky enough to share a lovely city with JK Rowling and pass her home regularly, always checking that everything is alright, I can’t help it, it is just the police officer in me.
In relation to other books that I have really enjoyed, I loved Schindler’s list by Thomas Keneally, it was heart wrenchingly absorbing, utterly disgraceful that the Holocaust actually happened, the disbelief that people suffered like this and others wanted it to and made this happen. The book was an intense and such a graphic portrayal of the suffering and abuse of those Hitler chose as unacceptable in his society, not just the Jewish people, gays, disabled, gypsy travellers, and many others, tortured and made to suffer prior to their ultimate and brutal death.
I also loved the De Vinci Code by Dan Brown, I couldn’t read this book quick enough, short chapters and a story that just made you want to read on as quickly as I could, and I regret not reading any others, I barely have time to eat, working full time 24/7 shifts, two 6 year old boys and writing, reading takes fourth place, and I regret this.
The true inspiration for writing was actually reading a dull book, it made me want to write one that would be intense and gripping from the start, one not filled with too much unnecessary over description and a plotline that you have to re-read ,understand what is going on, although I still need to work on my writing, I still need to find a happy medium, as I feel my novels are a little too graphic and erotic, so I need to find the right balance.