Wes Markin: The Repenting Serpent


This review is written with thanks to the TBC Reviewers Group for my copy of the book.


A DCI Michael Yorke Thriller

A vicious serial killer slithers from the darkness, determined to resurrect the ways of a long-dead civilisation.

When the ex-wife of one of DCI Michael Yorke’s closest allies is left mutilated and murdered, Yorke and his team embark on their greatest test yet. A  deeply personal case that will push them to their very limits.

And as Yorke’s team are pulled further into the dark, the killer circles, preparing to strike again.

The Repenting Serpent is a true edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting page turner.


I enjoyed reading One Last Prayer For The Rays earlier this year and I was interested to see how the series would continue. It’s often said that the second book is more difficult, but I enjoyed The Repenting Serpent even more. The prologue provides us with an update on the lives of Detective Chief Inspector Michael Yorke and his team, which is useful as this book is set a few years later. I enjoyed receiving a deeper insight into the characters, learning about their relationships, histories and commitments outside the police force. These more rounded detectives sets The Repenting Serpent apart from many novels in the same genre.

The investigation leads Yorke and his team to learn more about Aztec beliefs and practices. I found this aspect of the novel particularly interesting as this period of history is not one I have previously studied. I enjoyed the way the subject was weaved into a much more complex plot.

The Repenting Serpent is bursting with tension, such that I was shocked to see how fast I had been reading!  The novel is so atmospheric that I was able to fully immerse myself in its setting, unable to tear myself away until the end.


The Repenting Serpent is available from Amazon.

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