Friday, March 29, 2013
Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride
"The Birthday Boy" is a serial killer who steals preteen girls away from their parents. Every year after a girl has been taken, he sends her parents a homemade birthday card and a polaroid snapshot of their daughter shown in various poses of being tortured. The cards eventually stop coming.
When bodies are found in a local park, Psychologist Alice Macdonald is brought in to create a profile of the killer. She's soon assigned to work with Detective Constable Ash Henderson, who is keeping a secret.
The secret: His daughter is a victim of "The Birthday Boy."
Henderson keeps mum because he doesn't want to be taken off of the investigation into the other missing girls. Most think that his daughter merely ran away, but the polaroids that he's receiving tell a different story.