YOU ARE DEAD (Roy Grace #11) by Peter James
21st May 2015, Pan Macmillan
They were marked for death.
The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.
That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.
At first, to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.
Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?
Yet Again Peter manages to amaze me with how he keeps every one of the Roy Grace series so fresh and different. Now onto book 11 and it is different to the previous 10.
The thing that I really love about this series is that there is only ever a couple of months between them, even though they are released yearly. Noah, Roy’s son, is still only 5 months old in YOU ARE DEAD and I like the fact that we are not trying to play catch up on a year of Roy’s life and how all the cases still seem fresh throughout the book. I think it also helps that I have been reading the series quite close together as it is still quite clear in my mind.
YOU ARE DEAD starts with a missing woman and a dead body that seems to be from several years earlier. As Roy considers which case he deals with and which he passes on we start to see similarities in the 2 women and Roy ends up having to deal with both. As he tries to figure out who has Logan and if he can save her in time he is rocked by a colleague from Germany who may have news from his previous wife, Sandy.
All our favourite side characters, Glenn Branson and Norman Potting are both back and dealing with things of their own. I love the friendship that Roy and Glenn have, it really resonates with me as the kind of relationship men have. The constant jibes at each other, always made with love. Norman is of course still dealing with the death of his fiancé, and as Roy attends her funeral it brought me to actual tears.
Although Sandy yet again makes an appearance and Roy makes a decision about her I feel there is more yet to come in future books that could rock him personally in future books. I am interested to see how Peter develops this story line and if it will ever end.
YOU ARE DEAD definitely had a lot of open storylines at the end with the culprit of the murders/kidnapping disappearing at the end so I feel he will re appear in future books too. I’m looking forward to seeing where Peter can take Roy next and if he can still keep the stories as good and fresh in the next three books.
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