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The Dead Tell Lies by J.F. Kirwan

The Dead Tell Lies


Greg Adams, a criminal psychologist at Scotland Yard, specialises in bringing serial killers to justice. He tracks down a spree serial killer nicknamed the Divine, who has already killed six teenage girls and is about to kill a seventh. Greg works out the location where he is hiding and joins a raid. The police capture the Divine and save the girl, but on the very same night, Greg’s wife is brutally murdered by another serial killer, known as the Dreamer.

A year later, unable to bring the killer to justice, Greg has quit his job and is ready to end it all, when he receives a phone call from a man who tells him the Dreamer is dead, and that he didn’t kill Greg’s wife, Kate.

Greg returns to Scotland Yard to work for Superintendent Chief Detective Donaldson in the hope he can re-examine the case with the help of two new detectives, Finch and Matthews.

As Greg delves into the case further, he becomes more convinced that the Dreamer wasn’t the man responsible for his wife’s murder.

But if it wasn’t the Dreamer, who was it?

In order to solve the mystery around his wife’s murder, Greg is going to have to delve even deeper into the mind of a terrifying psychopath. And this time he might not make it back in one piece…


You have no idea how excited I was to review another J.F. Kirwan novel. He is my go-to author if I want to read an extremely gripping and fast-paced crime thriller and The Dead Tell Lies definitely did not disappoint.

What can I say about Greg Adams, criminal psychologist, recent widower, and the next target of a serial killer?  It is extraordinary to watch how Greg analyzes a case and dangerously places himself in the serial killer’s shoes to figure out how a twisted mind thinks. Greg’s story is heartbreaking, frustrating, and just plain deserving of a happy ending, but his time is running out.

With the support of DCI’s Donaldson, Finch, and Matthews, the plot gets even better with their willingness to do anything to help Greg and find the killer. 

In true J.F. Kirwan fashion, this fast-paced superb psychological thriller will draw you in from the very start, blindside you with disturbing twists and turns, and spit you out with a shocking grand finale. If you enjoy chilling and fascinating police procedurals with excellent character development, give this book a try.  Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new crime thriller series.  Recommend highly!

Check out my book reviews for Kirwan’s books in the Nadia Laksheva Thriller series for some more thrilling reads, 66 Metres, 37 Hours, and 88° North.

Thank you to Mr. Kirwan for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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KIRWAN Barry 01 ret 6x8J.F. Kirwan is an insomniac who writes thrillers in the dead of night. He is also a psychologist, and has drawn upon this expertise, including being taught by a professor who examined serial killers for Scotland Yard, to pen the crime/mystery/thriller The Dead Tell Lies for Bloodhound Books. He wanted to shed light not only on the darkness of serial killers, but of those who track them down, who must inevitably step inside the serial killer’s worldview, and may not come out clean afterwards. He is also the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins (66 Metres, 37 Hours and 88 North). His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Jo Nesbo. He is married, and has a daughter and a new grandson, and lives between Paris and London.

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2 thoughts on “The Dead Tell Lies by J.F. Kirwan”

  1. Thanks again Sharon for this fab review, and glad you enjoyed it as much as the Nadia novels! Any chance you could get it onto Amazon? Would love to see it there. I know Amazon can be difficult sometimes, so if it’s a problem no worries. Take care, I just wrote the first page of the sequel…

    1. Added to Amazon. Hopefully, it will be up soon. I’m thrilled to hear about the sequel! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for Greg and the bunch. 🙂

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