The Praying Mantis

Adult
Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Every day, men’s bodies pop up all over Cape Town. As Detectives Reeve and Porter investigate the case, the trail gets ever colder. All the victims are killed with the same cold and merciless precision. All foreign businessmen. All unidentified. More

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Words: 103,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465805713
About Berend Van der Poll

I was born in South Africa in 1979 and discovered my love for writing twenty-three years later. I find it very easy to create good characters, because each one of them is created using a part of me. As a child, it was hard settling down and making friends, because we moved around a lot. When I am not writing, I am enjoying fine pencil art - something I have been doing since I was seven years old, and spending time with my beautiful family.

I live in Fish Hoek with my wife, Melanie, and Tyler – our son.

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Reviews

Review by: Ian Overblown on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I was extremely surprised by this book.

The story of the Praying Mantis will have you engulfed from the second half, the first half was mostly getting to know everything about Alisha and Reeve and all other parties involved.

then there is also a story of the singles killer, taking time from Reeve's goal of stopping the Praying Mantis.
the Praying Mantis was always prepared, always ready to up the ante. The feelings involved during the killings is an very powerful tool in the book.

The twist in the end of the book was by far the biggest surprise of the whole book, Showing you that you can truly trust no one.

Berend Van der Poll seems like a strong, up and coming writer. we polished in his writings and very detailed. I can not wait to see what more he can bring.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ian Overblown on Jan. 06, 2013 :
I was extremely surprised by this book.

The story of the Praying Mantis will have you engulfed from the second half, the first half was mostly getting to know everything about Alisha and Reeve and all other parties involved.

then there is also a story of the singles killer, taking time from Reeve's goal of stopping the Praying Mantis.
the Praying Mantis was always prepared, always ready to up the ante. The feelings involved during the killings is an very powerful tool in the book.

The twist in the end of the book was by far the biggest surprise of the whole book, Showing you that you can truly trust no one.

Berend Van der Poll seems like a strong, up and coming writer. we polished in his writings and very detailed. I can not wait to see what more he can bring.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Finaughty on March 05, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it twice.

The Praying Mantis is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller. After reading this book, you’ll almost certainly want to keep an eye out for Van der Poll’s next crime thriller, The Butterfly – I certainly can’t wait to get stuck into reading it.

While Detectives Reeve and Porter juggle two serial killer cases, a group of prostitutes gets up to ‘mischief’ – just not the type one would expect. With The Praying Mantis killer always one step ahead of the law, both detectives are in danger of losing credibility, but one of them stands to lose a lot more if the truth doesn’t come out soon.

The Singles Killer, while not being the focus of this novel, adds a nice twist to the plot and makes for interesting reading, perfectly emphasising the fact that it’s a small world and everyone has their secrets… I found the characters realistic, making this a truly enjoyable read. We never really realise how much we affect those we come into contact with, but, too often, the ripple effect is catastrophic if you use or treat others badly. This author knows that and has portrayed it well, leaving me to ponder human nature and all it’s complexities at the end of the story.

Although this is not a whodunit novel – the reader finds out almost immediately who The Praying Mantis is – the characters alone will keep you reading to see what they get up to next, how that affects those around them and whether or not the killers will be apprehended. If you haven’t bought this already, go for it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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