JF Kirwan: The Dead Tell Lies

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Dead Tell Lies. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.


Greg Adams, a criminal psychologist at Scotland Yard, specialises in bringing serial killers to justice. He is at the top of his game, having just put away his sixth serial killer when his wife is brutally murdered by another 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…

The Dead Tell Lies is a fast-paced serial killer thriller with shocking psychological undertones. It’s the perfect read for fans of authors like Mark Edwards, D. S. Butler and Robert Bryndza.


As a criminal psychologist, Greg Adams offers the reader a different perspective to most novels in this genre, and it was one I enjoyed. I found it interesting to delve inside his mind, and the minds of potential killers. There is definitely a vulnerability about Adams, particularly given what he has been through recently and I liked the way the dark side of his mind was explored.

Adams lives in Maida Vale, so The Dead Tell Lies is mostly set in London, although Kirwan occasionally takes the reader elsewhere. In each location, there is a strong sense of place and I was quickly transported there, easily able to picture what was happening.

The Dead Tell Lies is a little slower than books I would normally read, but it is very cleverly written. I enjoyed being introduced to different psychological theories and treatments and learning more about them. There are lots of red herrings, and as the novel progresses, the tension builds and I was eager to see what would happen next.

The Dead Tell Lies is available from Amazon.

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