DEAD TOMORROW (Roy Grace #5) by Peter James
1st December 2009, Pan Macmillan
*Lynn gripped the sides of the armchair, trying to put aside her own inner terror. ‘I can’t believe I’m thinking this, Ross. I’m not a violent person, even before Caitlin’s influence, I never even liked killing flies in my kitchen. Now I’m sitting here actually willing some stranger to die.’*
The body of a teenager dredged from the seabed off the coast of Sussex is found to be missing its vital organs. Soon two more young bodies are found.
Caitlin Beckett, a fifteen-year-old in Brighton, will die if she does not receive an urgent liver transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down, Lynn, her mother, turns in panic to the internet and discovers a broker who can provide her with a black-market organ – but at a price.
As Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the recovered bodies, he unearths the trail of a gang of child traffickers operating from Eastern Europe. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a race against time to save the life of a young street kid, while a desperate mother will stop at nothing to save her daughter’s life…
With the last line of Dead Man’s Footsteps (number 4 in the Roy Grace Series) I was very eager to jump right into book 5.
Unfortunately I was a little disappointed in the fact that Sandy is only briefly mentioned in a will they won’t they moment and we didn’t really get any more answers. However that being said it didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of the story.
I like the way that Peter manages to find different subjects to write about. Although murder is the ultimately the theme, the reasons for murder are always surprising and a little bit shocking at times. Dead Tomorrow was a lot of the latter. Although certain points are written from the killer’s perspective so we know who the culprits are it doesn’t take anything away from the story.
We see a lot more of the side characters in this instalment, mostly Roy’s colleagues but I enjoyed getting to know some of them better and I hope this continues on in the other books. There is also a glimpse of Roy’s personal life, Sandy aside. I feel that the fact we are beginning to see Roy moving on from his ex wife may lead to explosions personally for Roy further down the line.
Dead Tomorrow had me sat at the edge of my seat eager to keep reading to find out where all the different roads lead and how the characters become entwined.
It kept me guessing right until the very end as the story doesn’t come together until the last 5%. I was surprised by the end, it was not how I expected it to finish and I was a little sad but I liked the fact that it was surprising and not predictable.
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