Will Shindler‘s second novel, The Killing Choice is published today in hardback by Hodder and presents every parents’ worst nightmare: ‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both.’

The second in a series featuring DI Alex Finn and DCI Mattie Paulsen, and described by The Literary Review as ‘the best kind of police procedural’, Finn and Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience, presenting victims with one fatal choice. The Sunday Times included it as their pick of the week in their crime club, saying it’s ‘begging to be developed for television’.

It felt like a normal Friday evening before Karl and his daughter Leah were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug’s word that they both will live.

Should Karl trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?

It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.

Make sure you check out the first in the series The Burning Men which introduces Finn and Paulsen for the first time, and if you don’t trust us, these reader reviews should convince you: ‘Don’t think I’ve loved a Detective as much since Idris Elba’s John Luther’, and ‘Will Shindler’s books have all the hallmarks of future classics of this genre.’

Today you have your own tough choice – whether to buy this gripping crime novel or not. We know what we’d do.