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Pain by Adam SouthwaLoses in on the killer it becomes clear that there are darker forces at work and a connection to his previous case ignites his worst fears When he uncovers the shocking truth behind the killer’s motivations Alex must decide should he pursue the police’s version of justice or hunt down the sinister organisation that has warped another sou. Finished the book in a few short sittings because it is hard to put down except for the last 10% or so The story is told from the viewpoint of Alex himself and a young woman named Mia who doesn't know or understand why she does what she does She inflicts pain to people in a very gruesome way If you cannot stand graphic descriptions of torture don't read this I just skipped over them because in the end the victim is always dead But who is the real victim here Mia wasn't born this way Slowly Alex tries to find the real story hindered than helped by the fact that the police wants them to help but don't believe what he is learning More so this whole story apparently has something to do with Alex' past but we only learn that at the end of the bookAnd that is why I gave this book 3 stars instead of 4; the pace is very high in the story and I think after reading reviews of the first book in this series the author did a much better job but in the last part of the book there is a lot of talking and explaining and it feels a little rushed I'm actually looking forward to the next book in this series because I would like to follow this author's progressThanks to Netgalley for a digital review copy of this book

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Oo so the police bring in forensic psychologist Dr Alex Madison to track down what is clearly an extraordinary and damaged mind For Alex the case has a personal resonance he can’t reveal he knows pain and addiction all too well and must fight to control his own downward spiral long enough to stop the killer’s campaign of crueltyAs Alex c. Ooh it seems I have an unpopular opinion regarding this one Please keep in mind that Southward has clearly done something right to conjure all of these shining reviews so my little black sheep opinion which isn't really all that negative anyway should be taken with a grain of saltThere's no doubt Southward is a talented author and the plot is super uniue but I felt like it could've been shorter Is that really just me I'm generally a pretty fast reader yet it took me nearly a month to finish this book A month I enjoyed reading it when I got around to it but as soon as I put it down I'd just forget to pick it back up again When I'd finally remember I'd be sitting there expecting the ending to come up since it felt like I'd been reading it for aaages only to see I'm just halfway throughThe story brings up a really interesting moral dilemma which I haven't really thought of before Should we punish somebody who continues to do something they know is wrong or treat the factors that made them inclined to do those wrong things Both It was cool to see how different characters interpreted it and how they came to their own conclusions especially given their differing experiences with addiction and whatnotOverall it was an okay read but I won't be continuing on with the series I do recommend you give it a try if you find the synopsis interesting though A big thank you to the publisher Publishing UK for allowing me to read this title in exchange for an honest review

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CHARACTERS Pain by Adam Southward 107 ✓ ➼ [Reading] ➾ Pain By Adam Southward ➱ – A killer intoxicated by pain Should Alex Madison stop her—or save herAcross London hospital patients are dying—in shockingly unnatural circumstances A sadistic young woman is targeting them as the A killer intoxicateA killer intoxicated by pain Should Alex Madison stop her or save herAcross London hospital patients are dying in shockingly unnatural circumstances A sadistic young woman is targeting them as they lie helpless in their beds eking out every last sensation of pain as their lives ebb to an excruciating closeThe killer is a sadist but careful t. First and foremost a large thank you to NetGalley Adam Southward and Publishing UK for providing me with a copy of this publication which allows me to provide you with an unbiased reviewWhen provided this advanced copy of the book I wanted to get the full reading experience so I turned to the series debut for some context Devouring and thoroughly enjoying that piece I knew that Adam Southward would be an author I would be adding to my ongoing reading list with his captivating plot and well paced narrative It has been a year since Dr Alex Madison handled a major case from the Met While that one did not turn out as well as he expected he has returned to consult once again This case is a little different but just as baffling CCTV footage shows someone sneaking into the AE of a London hospital and inflicting a great deal of pain to a waiting patient so much so that it leads to an excruciating death It would seem that this is not the first case of such an attach around London hospitals but no one is entirely clear who this person is or what their motive could be On the flip side the reader is introduced to Mia Anastos a young woman who can feel no pain but revels in seeing it inflicted on others She hides in the shadows and professes that she is on a mission to seek revenge for her pain Mia’s targeted victims are only the first step in this complex web as Madison finds her name on a list that matches her description While Mia evades capture she is being controlled by a larger group with hopes of neutralsing Dr Madison themselves As the psychology of pain comes to the forefront Madison has a personal life in tatters that reuires his additional attention A great second novel in the series that keeps the reader hooked until the final reveal leaving them begging for Adam Southward has great control over the series and its characters tapping into the psychological and opening new areas of interest to the reader Recommended to those who love uick thrillers particularly the reader who finds matters of the mind of interestI powered through the first novel in hopes that it would hold my attention enough to want to get to this ARC in uick order Mission accomplished as Adam Southward is able to mix a well crafted thriller with strong psychological themes to keep the reader curious throughout Alex Madison remains an intriguing character easily liked by the reader He is on point when it comes to his private practice and work with the police though some find his insights too hard to comprehend or off the wall thereby dismissing him In a personal life that is anything but in order Madison is forced to wrestle with a dark secret of his own while trying to track down where to turn next in this highly unusual case His relationship with his daughter is addressed yet again as is the strained connection to his ex wife Madison has a great deal of growth to go and one can hope Southward will keep readers informed as the series grows Other characters help to augment the excitement in this book both with the case and through subplots that Southward uses to cut the tension One can hope there will be some repeat appearances as Alex Madison seems to have clicked its some and clashed with others Southward uses a uick narrative permitting the reader to learn a great deal in short order The pain them resonates throughout and kept me wondering as the narrative built up to a big reveal Southward has proven he can handle psychological thrillers and police procedurals that mesh together effectively I cannot wait to see what else is to come for Southward and Dr Alex MadisonKudos Mr Southward for another great ‘single day’ read I am eagerly awaiting your next literary idea but will be as patient as I mustLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge