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An unstoppable serial killer. A fifth girl missing. A long-buried secret. A gripping crime thriller perfect for fans of LJ Ross, Mel Sherratt and Mark Billingham.
There’s a serial killer on the loose in north-east England. Four bodies have already been discovered. A fifth girl, Michelle Summers, has just disappeared.
When a body is discovered, everyone fears the worst. But this isn’t Michelle – this corpse has been dead for over fifty years.
Out-of-favour DC Ian Bradshaw is pulled off the main case to investigate the skeleton. But it soon becomes clear that dark secrets lay buried along with the body – and now the police have more than one killer to worry about…
The beginning of the highly acclaimed series starring Ian Bradshaw and journalists Helen Norton and Tom Carney, this is a gripping crime thriller you won’t be able to put down.
Recently I’ve read some raving reviews for Howard Linskey’s latest book The Chosen Ones, so I decided to start the series from the beginning with No Name Lane. Doesn’t it have a brilliant title? After finishing it, it has left me asking the question: why have I waited this long to read a Howard Linskey novel? I’m definitely going to be catching up with the rest of the series and I think you can probably tell that I quite enjoyed this one.
Although it is quite a long book, at nearly five hundred pages, it certainly didn’t feel long and the tension and pace never dropped. In the North East of England a serial killer has been targeting young girls and now they may have struck for the fifth time. A nationwide manhunt is launched to help find the missing girl which DC Ian Bradshaw is investigating, and soon a body is found. However it isn’t the body of the young girl as everyone fears, but a corpse that has been buried there for decades. Is there are link between the two cases or are they entirely separate?
The plot moves along at a swift pace. We meet journalist Tom Carney who has recently been cast out of the tabloid newspaper he works for after almost destroying the career of a politician and damaging the newspapers reputation. With his career potentially in tatters, he links up with Helen Norton who took his position at the previous newspaper he worked for. He isn’t going to let what has recently befallen him bring him down. He is out there chasing down the next story, which he can hopefully bring to his boss, which in turn will reinstate his career.
Tom and Helen were two characters who I really liked. Helen and Tom both work for very different newspapers; Helen is a journalist for her local newspaper and Tom a major newspaper in London. I thought it would be interesting to see if their personalities would click and I thought it was great to see a strong friendship beginning to develop between them. It’ll be interesting to see where Tom is going to choose to take his career next. He is certainly confident and ambitious and this comes across in his dealings with DC Ian Bradshaw and his editor at the tabloid. I was on Tom’s side throughout the book after the treatment he received from his boss.
The two mysteries which are investigated in the book are gripping. We have the young girl who has gone missing in the present day and the discovery of a decades old corpse. Howard kept me wondering if they were going to weave together and if the person responsible for the murder of the young man recently discovered would ever face justice for their crime. Both investigations add intrigue and tension as you begin to ask yourself what is really going on this town. What has gone wrong?
The time period the book is set is in the 1990s. Howard uses the time period to the plots advantage and there are some frightening scenarios played out. Corruption in the police force is one of the themes which Howard studies in this book and this comes across in an authentic way for the time period that it is set in. The setting is also expertly drawn on. Howard’s writing makes the town in which the crimes have taken place, feel as though it is cut off from the rest of the country and it does create a very ominous tone. You can sense that out there, there is a killer waiting to make their next move and that time is quickly running out for their next victim and for the police to finally bring the perpetrator to justice.
I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Tom, Helen and Ian. If you’re after an authentic and gripping police procedural that is gritty and has some fantastic characterization, then I highly recommend this book. A fantastic read.
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Print length: 496 pages