DEAD MAN’S GRIP (Roy Grace #7) by Peter James
26th May 2010, Pan Macmillan
Carly Chase is still traumatised after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered.
Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next. The police advise Carly her only option is to go into hiding and change her identity. The terrified woman disagrees—she knows these people have ways of hunting you down anywhere.
If the police are unable to stop them, she has to find a way to do it herself. But already the killer is one step ahead of her, watching, waiting, and ready.
Book 7 in the Roy Grace series and yet again DEAD MAN’S GRIP did not disappoint. I love how even though the books are released a year apart they are set just a month or two after the previous book so we never feel we have lost any huge developments like Cleo still being pregnant instead of the baby being almost one or two years old.
All of our favourite characters are back with their own personal stories as well as the crime that features as the main tale. I love how we see characters develop throughout the series and see where their paths take them rather than the whole series being about Roy. Other characters are just as important.
I love how each of the crimes are different. I feel Peter must really struggle to find something completely different to write about each time. Seven books now and each one has been shockingly different, some crimes I would never have imagined but Peter writes with such knowledge you as the reader can tell he has put in a lot of research to make sure the details are always correct.
Although we know who the culprit is from the beginning of DEAD MAN’S GRIP it is still gripping to see how the leads will fall into place and I found myself sat at the edge of my seat waiting to discover what happens next. As always with the Roy Grace series you can never quite predict how the story will go. They always start off with lots of different characters, each with their own individual story, and it is always left until the last few pages for the whole thing to click into place.
I hope the rest of the series keeps me as hooked as this one did!
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