NOT DEAD YET (Roy Grace #8) by Peter James
1st January 2012, Pan Macmillan
For L.A. producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination.
For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story—between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert—is incalculable. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes.
An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.
When I start a series and find out there are fourteen books so far with more to come I never quite know what to expect by the time you get to book eight. Surely there has to come a point where they are just not as enjoyable or shocking anymore.
That was not the case with the Roy Grace series. From the first page I could tell it was going to be just as gripping as the previous seven. As always with this series there are lots of little storylines that somehow seem completely unrelated but by the last 10% everything seems to click into place.
As well as the main crime which as always is the main feature of this book there are always lots of other little stories happening at the same time. At the end of the last book we found out a huge secret that develops further in this addition. I am hoping the next 6 books will take that further. Wow that moment at chapter 124. I honestly was so gutted I did not want to turn the page, I just couldn’t find out any more! But I did and was so glad I did.
NOT DEAD YET is definitely full of shockers because we also find out a huge jaw dropping moment about two of Roy’s colleagues that I feel will also develop down the line as we discover more about our favourite side characters.
The thing that makes me want to keep reading these books is the constant twists, turn and surprises. You read the first page and just cannot predict where the story will lead or even the outcome. You as a reader are kept guessing the whole way through, they are completely unpredictable but so much fun trying to guess.
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