#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl (January 24th 2019, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks) #TeamLori

DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) by Steph Broadribb
24th January 2019, Orenda Books

A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them.

If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.

With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…

Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

I must firstly apologise to every other book I will read in 2019 as I don’t think I’m going to love another as much as I have DEEP DIRTY TRUTH!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it until there is a court order against it… I think I’m a little bit in love with Lori Anderson! It’s very rare for me to have this kind of reaction to a female protagonist. My list of female heroes is rather short – Sarah Connor will always remain on the top stop, but Lori is a very close second. She’s a badass!

In DEEP DIRTY TRUTH I feel a progression in Lori’s character from what we saw in the first two instalments. Despite what she is tasked with by the Miami Mob, the time she has to succeed and the consequences of if she fails, Lori remains calm, collected and focus. Sometimes eerily so. It reminds me of the contrast we see in Sarah Connor between the first two Terminator movies. A woman determined to do what it takes to protect her family. It’s not about her any more. Her daughter, Dakota depends on her to be around and this is very much forefront in everything Lori does.

Alex Monroe remains one of those characters that I can’t quite decide on yet how I feel about. He has the ability of popping up when you least expect it and saving the day/offering assistance to Lori – but in the next breath can piss you off by playing both sides to his advantage, leaving Lori in the shit. Although he spends most of this book helping Lori – Alex still has his own agenda. An agenda which I’m sure is going to be explored in the next book in this series.

The introduction of Carly was a pleasant surprise! An integral character, lending herself to Lori when help is desperately needed, we start to learn more about Carlton North – this adding those extra secretive layers to the Miami Mob. It’s my wish/hope that for the next story, not only will we get more JT and Lori action (work action…not ‘that’ action.!) but that we learn more about Carly and her background and how she became the woman we meet in this book.

Short, sharp chapters keep the action moving at a steady pace without losing momentum and that ending has left the story wide open for Lori and JT’s next challenge and I CANNOT wait to read what happens next!

A HUGE thank you to Orenda Books and the wonderful Steph Broadribb for gifting me a copy of DEEP DIRTY TRUTH. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy DEEP DIRTY TRUTH (Lori Anderson #3) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

#TopReads2018 | #TopReads |Top 5 Reads of 2018

Ok kids, here it is. We’ve read A LOT this year. As a four person collective, The P.Turners have read over 250 books in 2018! I know that some bloggers will achieve this single handed! However, it’s no competition and we all deserve a pat on the back!

We’ve read some pretty incredible books this year and pushed ourselves into trying different genres, new authors, readalongs, readathons and reading challenges! Choosing a Top 5 is always one of those tasks which take the most thought, but we have managed it! In no particular order, these are our top reads for 2018….

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FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

HEART SWARM (DI Will Harlan #1) by Allan Watson

THE STORY OF US (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

BAIT by Jade West

DEEP BLUE TROUBLE (Lori Anderson #2) by Steph Broadribb

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VERITY by Colleen Hoover

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon

ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher

AND SO IT BEGINS by Rachel Abbott

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ALICE (The Chronicles of Alice #1) by Christina Henry

LUCKY SCARS by Kerry Heavens

THE HUMANS by Matt Haig

CLAIMING AMBER (A Broken Heart #2) by Vi Carter

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

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PAINTED FACES by L.H. Cosway

SERPENTINE (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

BAIT by Jade West

LUCKY SCARS by Kerry Heavens

WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

There we have it folks! Our top reads for 2018! We’re looking forward to another year of great reads, more reading challenges and plenty of author signing events to keep us busy!

What are some of your favourite reads of 2018? What books are you most looking forward to in 2019?

#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon @PaigeToonAuthor (17th May 2018, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW by Paige Toon
Published; May 17th 2018, Simon & Schuster UK

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What if you met the right person at the wrong time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other.  Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

My first 5 star read of the year and boy did this book deserve it. I was hooked from the first page and just couldn’t stop turning the pages until I got to the end.

Starting at the age of 40 and then going back to age 5 when Nell and Van meet when their parents become a couple the story jumps every 5 years to tragedy pulling them apart before they meet again and so on.

Set in the beautiful Cornish setting which Paige does an amazing job of bringing alive and really makes you want to visit, this story has it all. From laughter to heartbreak this book takes you on an emotional roller coaster that you never want to get off.

I was constantly on the edge of my seat and just when I thought I knew what was going to happen Paige would completely change direction. It was so refreshing to read a book that was unpredictable and kept me guessing.

There are times throughout the book you really want to bang Nell and Van’s heads together and shake Geoff to open his eyes but overall the characters are lovable and you can’t help but smile at the nervousness and shyness they convey. There are a lot of characters in this book that I would LOVE to hear more of and I hope Paige develops their stories in the future.

The only disappointment for me is that there is no link to previous books like I have come to expect from Paige but it was a tiny drop in the ocean compared to the love I have for this book.

Paige just re affirmed herself as one of my favourite authors! Already excited to see what she comes up with next. LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!

 

You can buy FIVE YEARS FROM NOW from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository

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#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DEAD SIMPLE by Peter James @peterjamesuk ‏(January 1st 2006, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) by Peter James
1st January 2006, Pan Macmillan

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It was meant to be a harmless stag night prank. A few hours later four of his best friends are dead and Michael Harrison has disappeared. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Grace – a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife – is contacted by Michael’s beautiful, distraught fiancee, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison’s whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot to gain – more than anyone realizes. For one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune . . . Dead simple . . .

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A favourite book here at the P Turners!

I loved this book. I have read it before but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to give it another go to remind myself of what happens before I get stuck into the rest of the series.

So much happens! It is a maze constantly changing direction with twists and turns that tip everything you know completely on it’s head. It literally leaves you mouth open at one point. It had me sat on the edge of my seat the whole time and I did not want to stop reading.

We are introduced to Detective Roy Grace in this book who is the main character in the series. We are shown glimpses of his personal life and I am sure there will be lots more to discover throughout the books.

There are also a few more names mentioned that I feel will become more regular as the series goes on.

Definitely glad I decided to re read and excited to discover the rest of the series.

You can buy DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#TopReads of 2017

Wowsers! What a year it has been! This time last year I was about to embark on my very first blog tour. Fast forward 12 months and I am so proud and humbled to have worked with some amazing authors, publicists and publishers to work on over FORTY blog tours – hopefully inspiring our followers to pick up something different.

Below are just a handful of my stand out reads for 2017. I’m going to try and keep this as short as possible. Top 5’s are SO last year!

In no particular order….

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THE FOURTH MONKY (#MK4 #1) by J.D Barker (June 2017, HQ)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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THE CHILD by Fiona Barton (June 2017, Bantam Press)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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INSIDIOUS INTENT (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #10) by Val McDermid (August 2017, Little Brown)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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THE OTHER TWIN by L.V. Hay (July 2017, Orenda)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb (January 2017, Orenda)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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CURSED (Henning Juul #4) by Thomas Enger (January 2017, Orenda)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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THE KILLER (Kaz Phelps #3) by Susan Wilkins (March 2017, Pan Macmillan)
My GR rating; ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Most Anticipated Read for 2018?

There are SO many great authors releasing books next year that it’s difficult to pinpoint a particular favourite… Saying that, there is one book that has stuck with me that I am super keen to read and that is the collaboration between James Patterson and none other and former President of the United States; Bill Clinton!

Their book THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING is due for release early June 2018 (just in time for my birthday) and all the blurb says for now is ‘A sitting president is missing’. Don’t know about you, but I am excited for this already!
Let us know below that your favourite reads of this year were What are your anticipated reads for 2018? 

-S.

#BlogTour| #BookReview | THE CHILD (Paperback Edition) by Fiona Barton @figbarton (December 14th 2017, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the paperback edition release of THE CHILD by Fiona Barton.

I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Transworld Books and of course the lovely Fiona Barton who gifted me an early copy of THE CHILD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

 

So, you want to know what I think?

I have heard nothing but wonderful things both about Fiona Barton and also THE CHILD when it was released in hardback earlier this year. I jumped at the chance to read this book with the worry of suffering with FOMO!

The first thing I thought when reading this book was “Yup. I’ve got this all figured out. I know exactly what’s going on, etc, etc” which for those who read a lot of crime fiction, we always think we have it figured out. But in the case, I was so very wrong!

Like many great crime novels I’ve enjoyed, this is a fast paced and quick read. But quick and fast don’t necessarily mean terrible. Quite the contrary. Short chapters keep the story moving at a fast enough pace that it doesn’t becoming boring, but it gives the reader enough to keep an interest.

THE CHILD is not a fast paced action book with fist fights and car chases at every turn. If that is the type of book you enjoy to read, then I wouldn’t pick this book up. However, if what gets your juices flowing is a deeply emotional, character driven story – then this is the book for you.

What I have discovered is that Fiona has a skill at being able to give little pockets of detail, whilst keeping the reader guessing at to what is coming next. When the climax of this books occurs, I was left with a feeling of surprise. The twist in this book makes perfect sense to the plot and with realism that you don’t always get in some crime fiction. You can tell that Fiona has done her research!

THE CHILD has now set the bar pretty high and I am certainly looking forward to reading more of Fiona’s work!

About Fiona Barton;

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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of my first book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow was published in 36 countries and made the Sunday Times and New York Times Best Seller lists.

It gave me the confidence to write a second book ,The Child, in which I return to another story that had intrigued me as a journalist. It begins with the discovery of a newborn’s skeleton on a building site. It only makes a paragraph in an evening newspaper but for three women it’s impossible to ignore.

You can buy THE CHILD from Transworld Books now or from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (October 3rd 2017, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
October 3rd 2017, Atria Books

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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It doesn’t matter what Colleen writes I know I am going to love it and WITHOUT MERIT was no exception.

Colleen deals with the subject of depression very well and the signs and symptoms someone may experience. I feel this would help alot of readers suffering themselves to identify and hopefully seek any help they may need.

The thing I loved most about this book was the Voss family. Families come in all shapes and sizes and the Voss family are certainly no exception. With the head of the family seemingly uninterested the kids seem to play by their own rules. Colleen manages to turn this on it’s head and we see a very different side to this family. There are alot of characters in this family that I would love to hear more from, I certainly feel that some of them deserve their own book!

Of course it wouldn’t be normal to have a Colleen Hoover book that doesn’t take you on a rollercoaster emotionally and that is definitely the case here. From reading with your heart in your mouth to laughing out loud this book has it all.

Colleen goes back to her Y.A. roots with WITHOUT MERIT and doesn’t let us down.

A Stunning five star read. I only hope Colleen can keep going with these amazing stories she manages to give us.

You can buy WITHOUT MERIT from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BookReview | HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly @mserinkelly (April 20th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks)

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HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly (April 20th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton)

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Who do you believe?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…


So what did I think?

Well, wow. Having spent a matter of hours devouring this on a long train journey – I still find myself asking questions the next day. How did that happen? What don’t we know? What’s next? Will we EVER know?!

Not going to lie – I picked up HE SAID/SHE SAID mainly due to the incredible things I was hearing. Across Bookstagram, the Book Blogger-sphere and also the BBC Radio Two Book Club! Everyone was talking about this book. Thinking the authors name sounded familiar, I then discovered that this is the same Erin Kelly that wrote the novelisation of the ITV drama ‘BROADCHURCH’ (the book is AMAZING by the way! I would highly recommend it!)

What I found most interesting about this novel from the outset was how our characters are Eclipse chasers. I’ve heard of storm chasers – but never Eclipse chasers, so that was a great addition for me. Then we have our main characters… which in my eyes Erin did a sterling job and I cannot fault their development throughout.

I sometimes find psychological thrillers a little predictable, but in the case of HE SAID/SHE SAID – I saw NOTHING coming! This is again a testament to Erin and the way she is able to set up a scene leading the reader one way, then WHAM! it takes the opposite course.

Someone posted that the final sentence of this book was the biggest ‘WTAF?!’ moment in the whole book and I have to agree! I was on the train when I read those words. I closed the book, then just started out of the window for a good 5 minutes essentially tearing apart the whole book wondering if I had missed something?! It was the PERFECT ending to this book.

NB. For anyone who wants to pick this book up – DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read the ending first!

Erin Kelly and HE SAID/SHE SAID have both restored my faith in psychological thrillers! If anyone was to now ask me for reads in this area, I would have no doubts recommending this book!

You can buy HE SAID/SHE SAID from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

 

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 27/06/2017 – BEST Books You’ve Read in 2017….. So Far!

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#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This weeks prompt is; BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ IN 2017… SO FAR

In NO particular order;

1. DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb (April 1st 2017, Orenda Books)

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2. SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski

3. THE KILLER by Susan Wilkins

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4. CURSED by Thomas Enger

5. THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund

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6. RUPTURE by Ragnar Jonasson

7. THE TAKE by Martina Cole

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8. STREETS OF DARKNESS by A.A. Dhand

9. WOLVES IN THE DARK by Gunnar Staalesen
(Full review to be shared on 3rd July as part of BLOG TOUR)

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10. THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS by Mark Tilbury

What are some of your favourite reads so far this year?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

#IncidentReport – #STREETSOFDARKNESS by A.A. Dhand @aadhand (February 23rd 2017, Corgi Books @PenguinUKBooks)

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STREETS OF DARKNESS (DI Harry Virdee #1) by A.A. Dhand (February 26th 2017, Corgi Books)

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The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.

Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.

Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…

In my home city of Bradford over the last few weeks, I started to see posters on bus stops for this new novel STREETS OF DARKNESS and noticed that it was a Bradford based novel. This immediately grabbed me as there are not too many crime fiction novels (that I know of) that are based in Bradford.

I am one of those readers that gets that giddy feeling reading locations which you know really well. The opening scene of Harry Virdee running through Lister Park and I thought “Argh! That’s where I do my Parkrun every week!” Having these visuals in my head helped me to truly get into the story.

STREETS OF DARKNESS is not a light ‘cops and robbers’ tale. It is dark, gritty, violent and quite frankly not too far off the truth. The city still remembers the riots which tore through back in 2001 and many people live on the edge waiting for the next wave. Dhand was able to draw from this tension and it translated perfectly into the pages of the story.

As in the blurb, a body is found. The body of a high profile Asian politician who is celebrated for wanting to make Bradford a better place and bring together the different races that make up the city. The finger is quickly pointed at the controversial political party; BNP. As soon as the BNP were mentioned, I knew that I was in for a rocky ride of violence, scandals and foul play.

DI Harry Virdee is our protaganist tasked with finding the one person who could be responsible for the murder before others do and serve their own kind of justice. We quickly learn that all is not what is appears (when is it ever?!) and that Harry is now part of something much bigger.

STREETS OF DARKNESS is fast paced and heavily plot driven. This book certainly isn’t for those who like to shy away from graphic violence, this book has it all. With the knowledge of Book Two in the series due for release soon, I wasn’t surprised that the ending was left open. The ending felt right and as one comparison makes it reads like an episode of LUTHER.

Book Two featuring DI Harry Virdee; GIRL ZERO is due for release on 13th July 2017 (Hardback) by Bantam Press.

STREETS OF DARKNESS is available now through the following outlets;

Waterstones | Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository

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