• Perfect Prey

  • DI Callanach, Book 2
  • By: Helen Fields
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series. 

In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a Dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woolen scarf. 

DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads - until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. 

It's only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim...and the more innocent the better. 

©2017 Helen Fields (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish." (Closer)

"Read it in two sittings. I literally had no choice. A fast and enthralling thriller, pitting a new, very human hero against one of the scariest psychos I've yet encountered in crime fiction." (Sunday Times best seller Paul Finch)

"Without doubt, this is one of the best first detective series I have read." (Woman's Way Magazine)

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WOW

This is a very intense story. Many times while reading I'd think How scary is this woman's brain? Details, situations, storylines!!!

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Love this series!

Suspenseful and interesting! This was my second book in this series, and I'm on to the next one.

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Excellent narrator

Rough in parts (tw for animal abuse and torture), but a really good read made better with an outstanding narrator.

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On to the next!

I’m still very much enthralled by these novels! Enjoying every aspect of Luc and Ava and their teams… knew the promotion was coming! Ready for the next one!

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Outstanding, and nothing negative from me, but...

...not for readers who write negative reviews when a book has gory, cruel violence. In Perfect Prey, it is not gratuitous.
Every element that makes a police procedural gripping is here, but character development and interactions create the critical turning points. Not one character is extraneous, i.e. an extra. The plot doesn't follow a formula and it is intense. Backstory from the first book is smoothly woven into the dialogue and 3rd-person narration, so didn't irritate me (I had read that one first). The reader was one of the best I've heard: Scottish dialects, French, young American, upper crust Scotland Yard, women both old and young. Worth a credit, IMHO.

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Who’s on first

Nice idea for a mystery, but over run with characters. As each one has 2 names, the identity of each was chaotic. The research must have been extensive urging the author to use all that she learned. Needs more in depth character development and fewer players.

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I'm hooked

This series has got better & better, this one was great.
lots of action, character development of main characters, & new interesting characters.
It gave me a look into something I'm not familiar with the "dark net".

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As good as the first one.

Another great story and learned some more about the characters. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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Another great one by Helen Fields

This series is amazing. Gruesome at times, especially in this book where there are some hideous murders.

Luc Callanach and his team have many threads to follow in this tale of the Dark Web. I seriously couldn’t put this down. The synopsis is there to read. I really liked this book.

I was worried that the new narrator would not be as good as the first book’s reader. He wasn’t as good but it wasn’t all that distracting. However, sometimes all the characters sounded the same.

Moving on to book 3 immediately.

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  • Roger Catto
  • 08-31-17

Very different and totally absorbing

I enjoyed the 1st book in this series, but this surpassed it, in every sense. The narration was fantastic, differentiating between accents dialects and the male female voices so that it was all so well understood. I hope that there will be a 3rd not too far away.

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  • Miss B.
  • 08-23-17

compelling read

This is an excellent story which leaves the reader wanting more. The narrative stands alone even though it is a follow on in a series. the performance was very strong. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Sandie
  • 10-06-19

Really great reads 5 star for all categories

All the Perfect books are amazing. Really really good writing with lots of technical content show great research. I’ve listened to 4 put of 5 and cannot wait for Feb 2020 when 6 comes out. All this with a nice romance going on parallel to the crimes it be solved. Helen has really got it right and I’ve enjoyed every minute listening to her books. Keep up the good work

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  • Deep purple
  • 07-24-20

Excellent

Loved this book although had to fast forward a bit about cruelty to a horse - didn’t like that

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  • Wayjor
  • 08-16-17

Excellent New Series

I've just finished this, the second book featuring DI Callanach and am massively impressed with Helen Field's writing. The narrators too have been excellent. I loved the first book and enjoyed this one even more: twisting plots, red herrings, characters I can genuinely care about - and some I can genuinely loathe! Though a bit gory for me at times, that is part of the genre and very well written. I hope Ms Fields continues with these well-crafted and interesting characters, including Tripp, Salter, Lively, et al, as well as the two excellent leads and I look forward to reading more in the future.

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  • raven
  • 08-16-17

fabulous

loved it. little subtle clues, a line hear and there. fabulous story, great naration. more please.

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  • Fersh
  • 08-13-17

Grisly but gripping!

After the first book I couldn't wait for this - and I wasn't disappointed! The story, although grim, was gripping. The characters rounded and enthralling. And I'm certain that the chemistry between Luc & Ava has to explode soon! Super audio book, thanks also to the narrator.

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  • lisasarcy
  • 07-30-17

Put together well...

Firstly, I think the narration of this is considerably better than the last DI Callanach novel.

Secondly, although it relies on some pretty unlikely events, it does so in a manner that avoids being irritating, and the book is entertaining throughout.

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  • Sue
  • 08-26-17

brilliant

Need to fund mire books by this author she's good watch out Steven king

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  • mollyeyre
  • 06-28-21

An interesting tale

The story was quite good, but the over aggressive attitudes of the members of the police force really irritates me! Apart from it being utterly unbelievable, it is unpleasant, and I doubt that any organisation can function with that level of rudeness and aggression,both physical and vocal!

Also, There are many times when people don't react to situations as they would in real life!

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  • Lee Wallace
  • 04-18-22

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This is the second book I listened too. The narrator is excellent. The story lines are Ok. A bit gory in places. The main character is a bit hard to like. He seems a bit all over the place and in a real situation the fractured coccyx would have laid him out and the deputy super character is a bit too silly. I will listen to the third.

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  • Sharyn
  • 04-01-22

Narrator- The best I have ever heard!

What a great book, so well written. Gripping, fabulous storyline, I could not turn it off! The narrator has to be the best I have ever heard, he made it real! I cannot wait to start the next book (in about 30mins).

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  • Tezza
  • 01-03-22

Unputdownable

This is becoming my favourite series. I cannot leave the books alone. The narrator is a perfect fit also.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-21

Super dark and gruesome

Very dark and gruesome but the characters are growing on me! Off to grab the next one

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  • Jennifer H
  • 07-06-18

Wow! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Loved it. A gripping story that was narrated brilliantly. About to start the next one and cant wait!