The Coop by E.C.Deacon – Book Review



When a woman staggers, naked, from a river, she has no idea that she’s been saved from a killer by a text message from a dead woman.

Laura Fell is horrified when she discovers of her friend Gina’s suicide. But when the autopsy reveals Gina died before her arrival at the house, she is perplexed. Who then answered her mobile phone?

Everton Bowe, a cop whose career is as dead as his marriage, insists there was no-one else present.  But he’s wrong.

Meanwhile, his ex-lover, DC Helen Lake, insists there are similarities between the traumatized river woman and the cold case of three missing women; the victims, she fears, of a serial killer.

So, when a strange Dove’s feather, matching one found on the river victim, is found in Gina’s house, Everton and Helen are suspicious.

If there was someone inside Gina’s house could he also be the river attacker?

And could he also be responsible for the other missing women?

At the same time, Laura Fell uncovers a web of deceit that stains the relationships around her and seems weirdly linked to Gina’s death, as well as the attacked woman.

Is there a serial killer on the loose?

If so, what is his motive, and the macabre significance of the feather?



Members of the Chill Out group are on an evening out, but Gina hasn’t arrived….instead the troubled woman has hung herself in her home and sent an MMS of it to a special friend….

The special Friend was in the process of creating his angel…..Tessa Hayes, drugged, abducted and shaved, but interrupted by the MMS he dumps her…..alive but with no memory…….

“I am Nephilim… My spirit shall not abide in mortals… for they are flesh.”

PC Everton Bowe, Ménière’s disease sufferer with a broken marriage, is sent to Gina’s home, after a call from her friend Laura, who insists there was someone in the house…..he finds poor Gina’s body….

DC Helen Lake, who had a short lived relationship with Bowe, is ambitious and ruthless, sees there maybe a link between Gina, Tessa and other missing women…..a white feather is evidence there is more to these events than it first appears……

There are a lot of background stories, that for a while may feel a little disjointed, but they do start to link and show the characters backgrounds, secrets and their place in the overall tale. Some of these characters are truly reprehensible, and others, like Bowe, are endearingly human with all their flaws.

Plenty of red herrings and twists to make this a clever, well plotted thriller. The final few, shocking, tense and totally gripping chapters bring this to a marvellously taut ending. If you like dark, twisty thriller then you’ll love this.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.





Eric had a successful acting career, playing leading roles in TV and film including, Penmarric and Kings Royal for the BBC. London’s Burning and Hard Cases for ITV. His films include the lead role in Peter Greenaway’s controversial A Zed and Two Noughts.

He started writing screenplays after a family illness and found almost immediate success. His scripts include the Bafta nominated, Prime Suspect and the multi IFTA nominated Relative Strangers, starring another Oscar winner, Brenda Fricker. His short film Engaged, which he wrote and directed, was short-listed for the Fuji Film and BBC awards. Whilst Orlas Song won the Best Horror UK Award.

Eric has four – yes, four – screenplays in development (hell). Which is probably why he started writing novels. The Coop is his first and will form the basis of a trilogy.

He has two sons, both working successfully in the television and film industry. Eric is divorced and lives in Esher with his partner, in a house once occupied by the Judge that jailed Oscar Wilde – which may or may not be a good omen for his work.


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