The Killing Choice is the second in a series that opened with The Burning Men, and is another adept police procedural, building the sense of dread to breaking point as Finn and Paulsen rush to uncover any links between the victims. This is a thoroughly immersive read which leaves the reader wondering how they would react if faced with such an unimaginable choice. As Paulsen says: “If you thought that was the only way we’d both walk away, wouldn’t you?”
Karl Suleman is walking with his grown-up daughter in a south London park when they are confronted by a masked stranger who offers Karl a terrible choice: walk away, leaving Leah at the mercy of the knife-wielding attacker, or have his own throat cut.
The choice Karl makes is catastrophic, but the incident is only the first in a series of attacks designed to leave the survivors racked with guilt. Shindler’s second novel displays an acute understanding of family dynamics, easily fulfilling the promise of his debut, The Burning Men.