Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS, the latest DI Gus McGuire novel by the wonderful Liz Mistry!
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Emma @ Bloodhound Books and of course the awesome Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of UNSPOKEN TRUTHS. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits.
First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?
Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.
Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.
So, want to know what I thought?
Ever since I finished book four in the series; UNCOMMON CRUELTY – I knew I HAD to read what happens next!
A great start for me as this book picks up directly after events in the previous book and we are placed right in the centre of ‘The Beast from the East’ which was a very real and deadly snow storm that made it’s way over to England earlier this year. Living so close to where the story is set in Bradford, Liz transported me straight into the action and gave me the same chills I remember!
There are two incidents at the start of this book which pave the way for the story and work perfectly alongside each other. Firstly we delve deeper into Alice’s time in prison and it’s a pretty grim to say the least. Outside factors are playing a part in her suffering and it’s written in such a way that makes the reader uncomfortable, without it being ‘in your face’ and over the top for the sake of the shock factor. Secondly we have the derailment of the train. An incident which opens up a box of scandal, conspiracy and secrets which shocks Gus and his team as they scramble for answers. Both incidents have their place in this book and with the pacing a crime thriller deserves, the reader is taken on a hell of a ride!
Although this book stands on its own as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the previous books in the series. I feel I’m continuing to connect with these characters as their stories progress and I worry whether I’d feel the same going into this book blind.
That said…bring on the next book please! I shall be sat waiting impatiently 🙂
About Liz Mistry;
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.
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