A serial killer believed to be dead by the FBI and Florida State Police. Families are violently attacked in their homes. Mechanic is alive and back to kill.
What a blood-curdling and fascinating read! I loved Those that Remain and I so look forward to the next instalment in the Mechanic series! What will happen next?! I need to know! THOSE THAT REMAIN is captivating and horrific, it had me drawn in completely. I read Rob Ashman’s engrossing crime thriller in one session as my eyes were simply glued to the screen. What an unputdownable, fast-paced thriller and a heck of a crime debut!
Meet tormented Mechanic, someone with severe problems self-inflicting pain in order to drown out daddy’s voice. “Must burn it out. Kill the bastard through pain” is a chilling insight into the brain of a deeply psychotic serial killer whose only way of dealing with the mental pressure to kill is self-tormenting the wrecked body. Sadly for Mechanic and for the family soon to become victims, daddy insists “You’re ready when I say you’re ready. Now let’s go and please Daddy.” Police Lieutenant Edmund Lucas of the Florida State Police has no idea what he is letting himself in for when he responds to a burglary in the middle of the night. Normally a Police Lieutenant would not be woken up for burglary but this one happens to have taken place in a house belonging to the daughter of Congresswoman “the law and order dragon” according to Lucas. His second in command senior detective Bassano (a magnet to women) accompanies him.
From the start, Lucas is aware of how sensitive this case is: he has to fully process the crime scene and have forensics all over the house or face a premature end to his career. As it turns out, it is a wise decision because once Lucas investigates the crime scene he has a gut feeling that there is a discrepancy, this was no ordinary burglary as obvious valuables were left behind. There is more: a deliberate fingerprint on the television screen that turns out to belong to a serial killer called Mechanic, who was supposedly killed in a burned-out car with three of the latest victims.
Lucas’ predecessor Harper, now an alcoholic, had established this before he was forced to leave his job as a result of his openly questioning the FBI profiler – said profiler was later found dead in the vicinity of the burned-out car. But if Mechanic is back, Lucas has no choice but to call in the FBI. However, if Mechanic was responsible why was the house of a childless couple targeted?
In other words, why did the attack not follow Mechanic’s murdering rage pattern of first to kill the father in bed, then to badly beat the mother? The kids are killed in their sleep before Mechanic drags them and their father downstairs to the garage where they are put in the family car with their seatbelts on. Imagine the horror the mother faces once she recovers from her injuries, the bloody mess in the house and the markings where her husband and children were dragged over the floor.
FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit’s Jo Sells relates all these details to Lucas when she arrives in Florida as the killed FBI profiler was her mentor and he had involved her in the previous Mechanic case. Whilst Jo and Lucas deliberate, the sickening reality hits in when it turns out that the neighbouring family (husband, wife, two children) are found exactly according to Mechanic’s modus operandi. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this confirms Mechanic is alive and back.
Those that Remain is the first in ‘The Mechanic Trilogy’ and an exciting read: I loved this chilling crime novel and found it impossible to put down before having finished the story. The characters are well described, the plot is complicated and sometimes violent, but also insightful: I loathed what Mechanic did (and although I so look forward to the next books in the series I am slightly anxious awaiting the horrors Mechanic will, no doubt, bestow upon us!) but I also felt for what Mechanic has been through and Mechanic’s drive behind these dreadful and horrific crimes. With great skill (after finishing the thriller you just know how great!), Rob Ashman excellently paints a vivid picture of a tormented serial killer whose only relief from the misery is to kill or to self-inflict pain so breath-taking, that it leaves Mechanic unconscious. It simply is a great read and I am dying to read the next book in the series. Needless to say, I highly recommend this brilliant thriller!
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About the Author
Rob Ashman is a British author, original from Wales, but since twenty years now living in North Lincolnshire with his wife and two daughters. Rob worked, as most Welsh Valley boys did, in a coal mine before entering University. He worked in a variety of consulting jobs until he finally decided to ‘listen to the voices in his head’ and start his writing career. The story of ‘Mechanic’ is a book that somehow was stuck in his head for almost twenty-five years; when, due to personal circumstances, Rob had to take three months leave to care for his parents, writing down the story in his head became his way of coping. The result of four years of writing: the birth of ‘The Mechanic Trilogy’ a thrilling crime series.
|Publisher||Bloodhound Books (June 16th, 2017)|