I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour today for Out for Blood by Deborah Masson. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
DI Eve Hunter is back in the edge-of-your-seat new detective thriller from Deborah Masson, winning author of the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year 2020.
A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment.
Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.
As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those on the fringes of society.
Then an unexpected breakthrough leads them to the shocking conclusion: that those in power have been at the top for too long – and now, someone is going to desperate lengths to bring them down…
Can they stop someone who is dead set on revenge, no matter the cost?
I read Out for Blood really fast, and I finished it in just a couple of days. I enjoyed Deborah Masson’s debut novel, Hold Your Tongue, so I jumped at the chance to read her second. If you’re looking for an addictive new crime series, then I highly recommend her DI Eve Hunter novels.
In her second book, Deborah Masson explores the horrific world of human trafficking. In the opening chapters, the body of a young woman is discovered hanging from a tree at a golf course. It is clear to Eve, from very early on, that this has been made to look like a suicide. And what’s even more disturbing is the mark that has been branded onto the young woman’s skin. But this isn’t the only case that Eve Hunter has to deal with. The son of a multi-millionaire businessman has been found dead at his home, in what looks like suspicious circumstances. As Eve gets to grips with the two cases, she begins to believe that there is a link between the two.
The scenes, in which Deborah Masson describes the conditions the girls (who are victims of human trafficking) are living in, are very harrowing. Although there has been a lot said about this heinous crime, it is still shocking to read about, even if it is in fiction. It makes you think of the people who really are living their lives like this. You really get the sense that they have no power or freedom in their lives at all. They are wholly dependent on the people who have forced them into this position.
The two investigations gelled together really well, and at no point throughout the book did I feel confused. Once it starts to become clear to Eve that the two cases might be connected, the pace really picks up. I didn’t feel sorry at all for the young man who had been killed. This was especially when Deborah Masson begins to reveal who he really was, and what he was involved in. I wanted Eve to get justice for the girl who had been found at the golf course more than I did for the young man.
Eve Hunter is a really intriguing detective as well. She has had issues with her anger in the past. Her involvement in a previous case, as well, has meant that she hasn’t been on the best of terms with some of her colleagues. I think it would be best to read the first book in the series to get to know her character and her past a bit better, but it isn’t necessary.
I’ve really enjoyed both the books in this series and I’m looking to forward to reading more from Deborah Masson. Out for Blood is fast-paced and a cleverly thought out crime novel.
Publication date: 19th November 2020 (kindle) 10th December 2020 (paperback)
Print length: 365 pages
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