24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.
For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.
But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.
Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?
Fighting Monsters is an excellent police procedural novel by Rebecca Bradley. It is the third book in the DI Hannah Robins set in Nottinghamshire. I haven’t read the previous books in this series, but after finishing this book, I will definitely be catching up. Drawing from her own experience from working in the police, Rebecca writes with confidence, and she takes you into the heart of the investigation. She is an exciting writer who I am keen to read more from.
The case Hannah and her team face in the latest addition in the series is a distressing one, both to her and her team. A former colleague has been murdered, and the man suspected of his killing has just walked free after a non-guilty verdict is delivered at the end of his trial. It is clear that members of the force are upset and angry at the decision, but when the suspect’s body is discovered only twenty-four hours later, Hannah must treat it as she would any other murder investigation. And tensions have been running high in her team; could one of them be responsible for this man’s murder? Who can she trust?
From the start of this novel, you know that it isn’t going to be a smooth ride for Hannah as she attempts to solve this murder. She and her colleagues face an unbearable situation, but they must attempt to put that to one side. This certainly isn’t going to be an easy task for the team.
Rebecca tells the novel from several viewpoints; I’m interested to see how Pasha’s character will develop in future books. She is a new member of the team, but Hannah struggles to see past her as being a replacement for a former colleague who they recently lost. It will be interesting to see how Rebecca will continue to explore their working relationship.
I was not expecting the twist at the end of this book. Throughout the story, there are certainly some raw emotions which Hannah has to deal with, as do other members of her team and Rebecca writes these scenes really well.
I really can’t believe that I haven’t read the previous books in this series sooner. I will be bumping them right up my TBR pile; I can’t wait to find out more about Hannah and the rest of her team, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Rebecca takes them next.
Thank you to Rebecca Bradley for providing me with a copy of the book to review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publisher: Amazon Media
Publication date: 15th February 2018
Print length: 280 pages