Perfect Crime by Helen Fields #bookreview blog tour @Helen_Fields @AvonBooks @Sabah_K #PerfectCrime

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields fifth book in the DI Luc Callanch and DCI Ava Turner series, Perfect Crime. Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

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Your darkest moment is your most vulnerable…

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed…

As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be.

Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…

MY THOUGHTS

Helen Field’s DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner series is one I have followed since the beginning, and this is a series that keeps on delivering the goods. It’s been fascinating to see Luc’s relationship with Ava grow over the course of the last five books, is there something more in store for them in the future? We shall have to see.

The cases that Ava and Luc are investigating in Perfect Crime are perplexing. The book opens with a rather dramatic scene, as Stephen Berry is attempting to commit suicide and disturbingly, a stranger in the crowd is egging him on and laughing at his attempt. So it is a huge relief to the majority of the crowd when a Good Samaritan persuades Stephen to halt his actions. So when Stephen ends up dead after falling from a wall at Tantallon Castle only a few days later, it is devastating. But soon more bodies begin to turn up, it appears to Ava and Luc that someone is targeting vulnerable people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and the one thing that links the cases is the strange man witnessed laughing in the crowd. Can they identify and stop this individual before they kill again?

This is a really pacy read. From very early on though I did have an idea who the killer was, but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. Helen focuses here not only on the murders of suicidal victims but on a few different cases, one that does throw Luc in the eye of the police as a potential suspect. Helen follows on from earlier revelations about Luc’s own family and his past in this book, and you can see just how angry he is and how it has affected him. You don’t have to read the previous books to understand what’s happened as it is explained here, but it does help to get a better understanding of the characters if you have. And really, why wouldn’t you want to read the rest? They’re really excellent books.

I loved the moments that Luc spent with Ava, and I could see their feelings for each other growing. It was one of those parts of the story which I didn’t really expect to come at all, after reading the first few books in the series and again Helen has me wondering what is install for them next.

Perfect Crime is another terrific addition to this series. I can’t wait to see what Helen has install for her characters next. Top stuff!

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 18th April 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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The Whisper Man by Alex North #bookreview

The Whisper Man was one of my top anticipated reads of 2019 and it certainly lived up to my expectations. For crime fiction loves this is one not to be missed.

The Whisper Man by [North, Alex]

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If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

MY THOUGHTS

I remember first hearing about The Whisper Man a little over a year ago, and I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. Although I was slightly worried as it had received a lot of early praise if it would live up to my expectation, and I’m relieved to tell you that it certainly did. This is one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. Alex North’s writing is totally immersive and the line “if you leave the door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken,” chilled me. This is a very well thought out book with a chilling and creepy atmosphere, and it was done really well.

Tom and his son Jake move to the quiet town of Featherbank following the death of Tom’s wife. They’re hoping for a fresh start, but soon strange things start to happen, especially with Jake who begins talking to imaginary friends which Tom, as you can imagine, has a lot of concerns about. A couple of decades ago a serial killer abducted and killed several children, one remains missing. In the present day, another child has disappeared, and soon the killer has their eyes set on Jake. But there are some scary similarities to the crimes that took place several decades before. But the man responsible for those crimes is in prison. Who is carrying out these crimes now?

This is a novel with a huge amount of heart. Tom confesses in the opening lines how he has struggled to bond with his son, but you can really see their relationship develop throughout the course of this book and this makes the final scenes so tense and gripping. I couldn’t be sure where we were going to end up at the end, and there were some times when I almost couldn’t bear to find out as I didn’t want anything bad to happen to the characters. A book is only gripping, I find if you care a lot about the characters and this is what Alex North has achieved with this book.

There is real depth to Alex North’s writing, I really engaged with Tom and his son as they tried to make a new start. You can see just how difficult this is for them and there are some scenes that I’m sure will pull at the heartstrings of many readers. Right from the start of the novel I just got the feeling that something terrible was going to happen and this darkness ran right from the beginning to the heart pounding conclusion.

The Whisper Man is a top crime novel, one I’m certain will hit the bestseller lists. Alex North is a writer who I’m sure will jump straight to the top of my TBR pile whenever he has a new book out. Brilliant and captivating. I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 13th June 2019

Print length: 386 pages

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Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary blog tour #bookreview @sarah_hilary @headlinepg @annecater

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour today for Sarah Hilary’s latest DI Marnie Rome novel, Never Be Broken, with thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

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Children are dying on London’s streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London’s lost.
Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She’s thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she’s white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela’s case and Frankie’s too. But he’s facing his own turmoil, and it’s becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it’s too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us, and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.

MY THOUGHTS

Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary is such an outstanding read; it’s powerful, heartbreaking and it will make you think about just what is going on in London at the moment. It’s definitely a book that will stay with me.

It’s tragic to think that when we hear of the latest violent crime that has taken place on the streets in London, that sometimes it’s not even shocking any more. It seems that there is little end to the violence that is plaguing the capital in sight and that it is getting more difficult for the police to maintain control. In her latest Marnie Rome thriller, Sarah Hilary paints a vivid portrayal of just how many young people are being drawn into this dangerous world and how easy it is to become a part of it.

London is often portrayed as a wealthy, glistening city, attracting investment from all around the world, but often brushed over, there is a very different picture. DI Marnie Rome and her partner, DS Noah Jake are investigating after a young girl, Raphael Belsham has been shot and killed in the streets. Her family are distraught, and they tell the detectives how she was the perfect daughter who always did as she was told, but all this is about to change when Noah makes an unsettling discovery. Alongside Raphael there are many unsolved cases which Noah determined to solve.

After the end of the last book in the series, Sarah left me reeling after the final revelations which have deeply affected Noah and he is feeling an incredible sense of guilt in this book. I’m not going to reveal any details about this here, but I would recommend at least reading Come and Find Me to get more of an understanding of what is going on in Marnie and Noah’s lives. I’ve read all the books in this series, and they all work well as individual stories, but to learn more about their characters and their backgrounds I would definitely recommend reading them all.

Sarah Hilary’s books are always thought-provoking, with each new instalment I become more and more interested in Marnie’s relationship with her foster brother, Stephen, who is in prison for murdering her parents. But after reading this book, it has left me wondering if this is the last we are going to be seeing of Marnie and Noah, at least for a while, perhaps. But whatever Sarah Hilary writes next I am sure I will read it as I am such a huge fan of her writing.

Totally gripping right the way through, Never Be Broken is immensely good. I could have read this in a heartbeat, but I really wanted to savour it as I wanted to enjoy it for as long as I could. I’ll be definitely waiting with bated breath for Sarah Hilary’s next book.

Publisher: Headline

Publication date: 16th May 2019

Print length: 368 pages

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May First Monday Crime @1stMondayCrime @deboc77 @vandasymon @MarkBillingham @LWilsonCrime Chris Carter

This week I’m taking over from Joy Kluver who usually writes up on First Monday Crime on her brilliant blog. For those of you who are interested in coming to the next one, the next event will be on Monday, 3rd June 2019.

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This week on Tuesday, 7th May a crowd of crime fiction lovers headed down to City University, London to hear, Deborah O’Connor, Vanda Symon, Mark Billingham and Chris Carter be interviewed by Laura Wilson. Laura was a brilliant moderator, and often her questions and comments drew a lot of laughter from the audience.

She started off by asking the panel about the inspiration behind their latest book.

Mark was first to kick off, his latest novel in the Tom Thorne series is Their Little Secret.

He started thinking about the idea for his latest book when he heard a woman telling an extraordinary lie on the radio, while he was making toast one morning. He then started investigating con men and wondered what would happen if you put these two ideas together.

Chris’s latest book Hunting Evil features a character who he first wrote about in An Evil Mind. It was his publisher who persuaded him to write a book where Lucien comes back as he was such a twisted individual and the only killer who his detective, Robert Hunter, has ever been frightened of. This is what makes his latest book different to his previous novels as the detectives know who the killer is straight away.

The Dangerous Kind: The most unsettling thriller of the year by [O'Connor, Deborah]

Deborah said her inspiration for The Dangerous Kind came from a collision of several ideas. Deborah also works as a TV producer, and she met a woman who she was trying to build a TV show around. It was revealed to Deborah that the police have a list of potentially dangerous people who may murder someone one day in the future. A few years later when different scandals, which had been covered up came about, and the rise of true crime podcasts, it made her ask the question, how can you arrest someone before they commit the crime? Chris jumped in here and said in America the police can contact people and let them know they are watching them if they think they will commit a crime one day.

The Ringmaster (Sam Shephard) by [Symon, Vanda]

Vanda Symon has always been fascinated by circuses. In her latest book, she wanted to play on how circus people, especially from a travelling circus, can be easy targets, and how a criminal can use them to create a diversion for the police to follow. Laura Wilson said she was relieved Vanda didn’t go down the evil clown route and Vanda agreed, clowns are just creepy. In the second book, Vanda takes Sam away from the small town for the purpose of character stretching. Sam is ambitious, and she wants to reach the top of her profession, but she wasn’t going to achieve that stuck in the town where she was in the first book.

Another question from Laura for Mark and Chris was had they ever taken their character back in time or if they would ever consider doing it.

Mark revealed that he hadn’t planned to release a new Thorne novel for the 20th anniversary next year, but now he’s writing a prequel to Sleepyhead, the first book in his series. He said it is a joy writing without using modern technology and going back to good old fashioned police methods to solve a case. So look out for this book next year if you’re a fan of the Thorne novels.

Chris Carter said he would never go back in time with Robert Hunter for a book, but he has written a short forty-page story which does feature Hunter as a younger man. He much prefers writing in the present.

When asked by Laura if he would ever write anything other than a police procedural, Chris said the only thing he would consider would be a cookbook, as he’s a great cook or a conspiracy novel.

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When asked about suspense, Mark says you have to give the reader characters they care about. Laura went on to say that in Deborah’s book we, the reader, know that things aren’t going anywhere good for her character, Rowena, but it works for the book. Deborah says when she’s reading a novel she holds onto the hope that something bad isn’t going to happen to the characters and this is what makes book page-turners.

Another interesting topic which was discussed was the twist. One point raised by Laura was if it had reached a stage where a twist is necessary in the contract between the writer and the reader. Deborah said that there was a time when a book depended on a big twist, but she didn’t want The Dangerous Kind to hang on the twist. One book she recommends which had a twist which completely surprised her was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

Mark wishes that publishers didn’t advertise a twist on the cover of the book. He also said that you only need one good twist rather than lots of different ones throughout the book.

Vanda says that you’ve got to do a twist in a way that doesn’t totally blindside the reader, they should be able to see it coming if they look hard enough and that it’s all about signposting. She said readers are treated intelligently and they don’t want to disappoint them with a twist that doesn’t make sense to the book.

Chris believes that if a reader feels satisfied with a twist, then that is what will get them talking about your book, and this is what will create a bestseller.

Laura then opened questions out to the audience.

One question asked was, name one thing you particularly enjoyed about writing your latest crime novel.

The one thing which the panellists seemed to agree on unanimously was the research they undertook which was the most enjoyable part for them.

Vanda spent time sampling the culinary delights of Dunedin, where her novel is set, and she also got to go and visit a travelling circus and got to step inside the caravans.

Mark said he always enjoys finishing a book. He enjoyed the promotion he was doing for his last book while writing Their Little Secrets. He also said writing the novel isn’t enjoyable and that he always feels that he’s forgotten how to write when he comes to writing the next one. He said it should get harder as you’re trying to write a better book than the last.

 

And that’s a wrap on this month’s First Monday. If you are interested in coming along to the June panel more details about who will be attending will be announced shortly. And if you are interested in purchasing the books featured in this post, you can do so by clicking on the following links.

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Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt #bookreview blog tour @writermels @AvonBooksUK

Today I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour for Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt, the second book in the DS Grace Allendale series, with thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for inviting me to take part.

Tick Tock: The gripping new crime thriller from the million copy bestseller by [Sherratt, Mel]

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TICK…

In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.

TOCK…

Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She’s discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.

TIME’S UP…

DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It’s only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking…

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved Hush Hush, the first book in the DS Grace Allendale series, so I was very excited to read Tick Tock. Opening up with the discovery of the body of a young girl, after she broke away from her friends during a cross country run, an intense police investigation ensues. Who could kill a young girl like this and in broad daylight? What was going on in her personal life? As Grace and her team race to find a killer, another body is found, and a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind which terrifies her team.

DS Grace Allendale is such an interesting character. In the first book in the series, Mel Sherratt explored her roots and the family she is trying desperately hard not to be a part of, a family who are well known to the police. We do get to see her struggles with her family again in this book, and they are trying to keep an eye on her and to reel her into their world. But is this simply because she is a police officer and that she could potentially be a valuable asset to them?

When I read the first opening chapter, I was shocked at how the killer managed to kill their first victim so quickly and easily without anyone seeing anything. I couldn’t believe how brazen they were to commit this act in broad daylight and in public. This is what drew me into the story. I had to find out who could do such a thing and why. I knew then that the young girl wasn’t going to be the first and that this was going to be a tough case for Grace and the rest of her team to crack. I could sense the race against time to bring the person responsible to justice.

I did not predict the final outcome of this book at all. The pace never drops, and there is a chilling atmosphere which runs right throughout the book as Grace and her team chase down leads and interview suspects. As I mentioned earlier, a scary thought crosses Grace’s mind, and I could really sense the fear the police officers felt as it dawned on them what could potentially be happening as they tried to work out the killer’s motive.

The mystery here will draw you in, and you won’t be able to stop turning those pages until you have found out the answers. Chilling, gritty and absolutely gripping this is another top read from Mel Sherratt. I can’t wait for her next book.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 2nd May 2019

Print length: 400 pages

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Gone in the Night by Mary-Jane Riley #bookreview blog tour @mrsmjriley @damppebbles

Happy publication day to Mary-Jane Riley, her latest novel Gone in the Night is published today and I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour.

Gone in the Night: An exciting new psychological crime thriller (Alex Devlin) by [Riley, Mary-Jane]

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Some secrets are deadly…

When the victim of a car crash begs journalist Alex Devlin for help before disappearing without trace, Alex finds herself caught up in a mystery that won’t let her go.

Determined to find the missing man, she is soon investigating a conspiracy that threatens some of the most vulnerable members of society.

But will Alex be prepared to put her own life on the line to help those who can’t help themselves?

MY THOUGHTS

Gone in the Night is an engaging thriller by Mary-Jane Riley. The fourth in the Alex Devlin series but it can be easily read as a standalone. This is the first time I’ve actually come across Mary’s work. When I started reading this book, I thought I would try out the first couple of chapters, but once I had started it, I wanted to read on. I started this on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and by the end of the day on the Monday I had finished it. It’s definitely a pacy read with an intriguing scenario that kept me asking questions. You’ll be hooked once you get started.

The novel opens with Cora searching for her brother, Rick who has recently been sleeping rough. He always manages to get in contact with Cora somehow, but his silence causes Cora to worry. Rick has been known to disappear before so she knows she won’t get much help from the police. Later on, she teams up with journalist Alex Devlin, who was a witness to a car accident which she believes involved Cora’s missing brother. It seems there are plenty of people who don’t want them to find him.

There was such an intriguing mystery element to this book. First off there is the situation with Cora’s brother, and then there is a far deeper mystery when Alex begins to discover that there have been more homeless people disappearing off the streets and there have been suspicious deaths. And not to mention there are some shady individuals who it seems will stop at nothing to keep these goings on quiet and out of the public eye.

It’s a terrifying thought to think that if you went missing, would anyone look for you? What Mary-Jane Riley highlights in her novel is how easily the homeless can be exploited; desperate for warmth and security they may just be willing to do anything to get there. You can see how they would appeal to certain criminals looking to recruit people to help out in their schemes.

Alex becomes intrigued by the situation that is facing the homeless after speaking with Cora. She is tenacious in her investigations and won’t stop until she gets to the bottom of what’s going on, no matter the cost to her own well-being. Like Alex, I wanted to understand what was happening and what had happened to Cora’s brother. Instead of reading the first couple of chapters like I originally intended, I ended up flying through this book as each chapter just left me eager to find out more.

With a highly engaging plot and addictive writing that will keep you intrigued, Gone in the Night is a novel I would definitely recommend to thriller fans.

Thank you to Emma Welton at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me to take part in the blog and to Killer Reads for providing me with an e-copy via Netgalley.

Publisher: Killer Reads

Publication date: 3rd May 2019

Print length: 330 pages

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First Monday Crime May @1stMondayCrime

First Monday Crime is back at City University, London in just a few days. This time the most important thing to remember is that it is on a Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday the day before. The date is Tuesday, 7th May and it is at the usual time of 18.30 p.m. So let’s take a look at the line-up for this month.

Deborah O’Connor, author of The Dangerous Kind

The Dangerous Kind: The most unsettling thriller of the year by [O'Connor, Deborah]

Perfect for fans of Anatomy of A Scandal and Belinda Bauer, The Dangerous Kind is a dark and gripping thriller that asks us all: how well do you really know the people you trust?

One in 100 of us is a ‘potentially dangerous person’ – someone likely to commit a violent crime. We all know them: these charmers, liars and manipulators. The ones who send prickles up the back of our neck. 

These people hide in plain sight. They can be teachers, doctors, lawyers, holding positions of trust, of power. 

Jessamine Gooch makes a living tracking the 1 in 100. Each week she broadcasts a radio show that examines brutal offences, asking if more could have been done to identify and prevent their perpetrators.

But when she agrees to investigate a missing person case involving a young mother, she is drawn into a web of danger that will ultimately lead to the upper echelons of power, and threaten the safety of her own family.

I read this a few weeks ago and I’ll be sharing my full review as part of the blog tour later this month. The Dangerous Kind is very readable, tense and exciting and it will make you very eager to find out how everything comes together. It’s one of those books that you can just sink so quickly into. I loved it.

Vanda Symon, author of The Ringmaster

The Ringmaster (Sam Shephard Book 2) by [Symon, Vanda]

Death is stalking the South Island of New Zealand

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus…

Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending…

Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon’s bestselling series.

You can read my full review of The Ringmaster by clicking here.

Mark Billingham, author of Their Little Secret 

Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It’s what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling.

Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman’s suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women.

A man who is about to change Sarah’s life.

Chris Carter, author of Hunting Evil 

‘Every story one day comes to an end.’
As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.
As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.
 
Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.
 
For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.
The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.
That person … is Robert Hunter.
And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

You can read my full review of Hunting Evil by clicking here.

 

The panel is being moderated by Laura Wilson who’s latest book is The Other Woman, she also reviews crime fiction for The Guardian. To read my review of her latest book, you can click here.

Tickets are absolutely FREE, but please reserve your space by clicking on the link below just so that the organisers have an idea of how many people are coming. Afterwards we’ll be heading to the Blacksmith and Toffemaker nearby for a drink. Books will be available to buy on the night and the authors will be signing copies. The nearest tube stations are Farringdon and Angel. If you would like to find out more about First Monday Crime and keep up to date, you can also follow them on Twitter @1stMondayCrime.

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The Innocent Ones by Neil White #bookreview blog tour @neilwhite1965 @HeraBooks

I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour today for The Innocent Ones by Neil White, the third and final book in the Dan Grant and Jayne Brett series.

The Innocent Ones: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with a shocking twist (Dan Grant and Jayne Brett Book 3) by [White, Neil]

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Three lives cut short. Two decades of silence. One evil secret.

By day, the park rings with the sound of children’s excited laughter. But in the early hours of the morning, the isolated playground is cloaked in shadows – the perfect hiding place to conceal a brutal murder.

When London journalist, Mark Roberts, is found battered to death, the police quickly arrest petty thief, Nick Connor. Criminal defence lawyer, Dan Grant, along with investigator Jayne Brett, are called to represent him – but with bloody footprints and a stolen wallet linking him to the scene, this is one case they’re unlikely to win.

Until help comes from an unlikely source…when the murder victim’s mother says that Connor is innocent, begging Dan and Jayne to find the real perpetrator.

Unravelling the complex case means finding the connection between Mark’s death and a series of child murders in Yorkshire over twenty years ago. Father of two, Rodney Walker, has spent years in prison after being convicted of killing of 6-year-old William and 7-year-old Ruby back in 1997.

But when Mark Roberts gets on the trail of the story, convinced that Walker is innocent, he exposed secrets that have long been buried. Secrets so dark, someone will kill to keep them hidden.

Dan and Jayne are in a race against time to uncover the truth – before a killer silences them forever.

MY THOUGHTS

Neil White’s The Innocent Ones is perhaps one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read this year. Although it’s the third and final book in the Jayne Brett and the Dan Grant series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Split over two time periods, in 1997 and in the present day, Neil has constructed a cleverly thought out tale that will have you constantly questioning how everything is going to come together, and I loved how this was done.

Two weeks before the trial is about to begin, lawyer Dan Grant is asked to represent Nick Connor who is on trial for the murder of journalist Mark Roberts. But Dan is shocked when he receives a visit from the victim’s mother, who tells him that she doesn’t believe that Nick killed her son and that the real killer is still out there.

This is a really pacy and addictive read. As Neil White switched between the past and the present I wanted to know just how everything was going to be connected. In the town where Nick Connor was found beaten to death, twenty years earlier two children were murdered. The police believe that they have the right person responsible for the crime, and he confessed at the time of the murders, but what if Mark was just starting to get to the real truth just before his quest was brutally cut short?

Jayne Brett and Dan Grant are such a fantastic team. I recently read the first book in this trilogy, I haven’t yet got round to reading the second, and I liked them both straight away. In this book, I had the feeling that everyone was hiding secrets and this is what made this read very exciting. Dan and Jayne both sail really close to danger in this book as they attempt to get to the truth, but nothing will put them off getting answers, even when both of their lives are threatened.

This is a brilliant legal thriller. I’m sad that we won’t get to see Jayne and Dan again, but I’m very excited to read whatever Neil comes up with next. If you haven’t read Neil’s work before and if you’re looking for a read that will keep you gripped right the way through then I would definitely recommend this book.

Publisher: Hera Books

Publication date: 24th April 2019

Print length: 383 pages

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