NEED YOU DEAD by Peter James (May 18th 2017, Pan Macmillan UK)
“Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.
When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.”
I was kept waiting far too long for the next chapter in Roy Grace’s life. Too much time had passed and the questions I needed answering were starting to make me itch. What would happen to Sandy? How will Roy cope in the aftermath? What is next? I am rather pleased that NEED YOU DEAD answered those questions for me and gave me EVERYTHING I needed. Mr James has not disappointed me!
When we read the aftermath of Lorna Belling’s death – I had an incling soon after as to how the story would go and in some respect I was right (Sorry chums, no spoilers here!). It still made for a great read. Short, choppy chapters gave me the rush I needed throughout the investigation.
Controversial opinion – but I am glad that in this story, we get some closure on Sandy. I understand the journey we have had to go on with Roy as he discovers the truth about what happened. But I am ready to learn and experience more.
After NEED YOU DEAD – I am now left wondering what is next in store for Roy Grace? The story was left open for us to start a new chapter in Roy’s family life with the arrival of Bruno. We are also left feeling anxious as to the whereabouts and next steps of one of our characters from the previous story; LOVE YOU DEAD. I don’t think I am going to be bored with the next offering!
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