When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.
The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.
Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?
Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…
If Fear Wins is the third book in the DI Bliss and Chandler series by Tony J Forder. The novel opens with the discovery of a body in a country lane, and we learn that the victim has been killed in horrific circumstances. Tony opens the story with a series of questions that I wanted answered, who was the victim they had found, what did he do to deserve what had been inflicted on him?
Tony’s descriptive techniques really brought the scenery in this book to life. He paints the murder scene in vivid detail and I felt as though I was there, Tony reeled me into the story straight away. After the initial discovery of the body, the police soon think that they know the identity of the victim after scouring local missing person’s reports, and again this opens up more questions for the police which pushes the plot forward.
As we entered the main phase of the investigation, I did feel that the pace in the novel slowed down a little, but Tony kept the intrigue there especially as DI Bliss began to examine the possible theories as to why the man was killed. Some of the ideas that the author explored here were quite alarming to think about, and I can certainly imagine some of the ideas that were put forward happening in real life.
I really liked DI Bliss and Chandler. I thought that they had a good working relationship and it is clear from their dialogue that they are characters who enjoy each other’s company, I’m definitely looking forward to finding to catching up with them again.
If Fear Wins is an intelligent, multi layered and tightly plotted story. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I will certainly be reading the first two books as soon as I can. Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read.
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication date: 29th May 2018
Print length: 360 pages
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