The Hanged Man by Simon Kernick

From bestselling author, Simon Kernick, comes the thrilling second instalment in The Bone Field series. Featuring DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd

image

Description

A house deep in the countryside where the remains of seven unidentified women have just been discovered.

A cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers.

A man who has seen the murders and is now on the run in fear of his life.

So begins the race to track down this witness before the killers do.

For Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn…

Review

Thank you to Century and Arrow Publishers via NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was quite good in the main, it had all the usual mix – anti-hero copper, bad guys doing awful stuff you wanted stopping and police unable even with all the resources they have to put the bad guys away. I was glad to see that whilst issues around insufficient resources were aired it was not overdone and indeed accepted that the police had by and large sufficient capabilities but that the criminals also had a lot of resources indeed resources even within the police force. There was more than an implication that the police have their hands tied at times because of rules/regulations/law preventing them from pursuing certain courses of action.

This book is in the crime fiction thriller genre. It built up the story pretty well and it did have action and tension especially towards the end. I don’t know if it was because I had not read the first book in the series, although other writers don’t stop this from being an issue, but I felt Ray Mason was unlovable and not in a good way, especially as he was one of the main narrators, and the anti-hero that we are supposed to love, aren’t we? Tina Boyd was easier to relate to but her role seemed relatively small; Dan, oh dear – the straight copper, by the book, marriage broken because of his own inability to control his personal proclivities – something of a cliché character in the end, although he didn’t have to be. The baddies seemed better drawn. However, all of this I could have gotten through but for the final action from Ray. I got it, I just didn’t like it.

This book had such potential and I didn’t hate it even though I had not read #1 I could engage with the storyline, just not all of the execution or all of the characters. You may enjoy this more, especially if you have read The Bone Field.

Rating: 3*  Just about.

Information

For more information on Century & Arrow, follow @Arrowpublishing on Twitter or visit http://www.randomhouse.co.uk

Century and Arrow are part of the Penguin Random House group found at global.penguinrandomhouse.com

The first 15 novels are standalone stories, although there are recurring characters. Simon’s latest thriller, The Bone Field, is the first in his first ever crime series, with the next instalment, The Hanged Man, due to be published in November 2017.

ISBN 9781780894478 (Hardback).   ISBN 9781780894485 (Trade Paperback)

Publisher: Arrow (5 April 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784752266
ISBN-13: 978-1784752262

Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/features/2017/may/simon-kernick-series-graphic/#oCp4ru0VlghI3VuW.99

Author:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/features/2017/may/simon-kernick-series-graphic/

ailsacawley

The poetry and writing of Ailsa Cawley. Welcome!

The Last Word Book Review

Musings about books and a blog journal

Chocolate'n'Waffles

All things bookish

Ludwig's Thrillers

A guy hunting for thrillers across the world, and a firm believer in the power of tea

Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Sketch, Justice For Belle, Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, and a medley of short stories.

the dead authors club

a classics club blog

All The Vintage Ladies

A bookish blog (mostly) about women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

By sarah cavar

writings & creations

Hugh's Views & News  

A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else!

BooksPlease

A book lover writes about this, that and the other

The Classics Club

A Community of Classics Lovers

Reading Matters

Book reviews of mainly modern & contemporary fiction

Rebecca Bradley

Murder Down To A Tea

Raven Crime Reads

Criminally good reads

The book review café

Book reviews and the occasional ramblings of a book blogger

acrimereadersblog

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Challenge

A Fangirl's Opinion

Two Girls, Too Many Books

Jen Med's Book Reviews

Musings and Ramblings of a Disorganised Blogger

KayCKay Book Reviews

No one ever reads the same book. We all react to the written word differently. The following are my opinions regarding the books I have read.

Being Anne...

Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting

One More Word

Jules_Writes

What Cathy Read Next...

For book lovers everywhere

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

Free bookreviews and other free book related stuff

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

Nordic Lighthouse

Spotlight on Nordic / Scandinavian crime fiction... and connections

Bookish Chat

All things bookish.

Novel Deelights

Escaping reality one book at a time

The Quiet Knitter

Just a quiet knitter with an addiction to books

Jess Bookish Life

Reader | Writer | Blogger

fabricating fiction

Louise Jensen - Writer - www.louisejensen.co.uk

Novel Writing Festival

Monthly Festival : Turn your book into a movie and get it seen by 1000s of people. Or garner FULL FEEDBACK from publishers on your novel and help your next draft. Or get a transcript video of your novel performed by professional actors.

The Beardy Book Blogger

Reading and Reviewing Books - May Contain Beard: "From Tiny Book Blog Buds Shall Mighty Book Blogs Grow" - TBBB

Scribbling Clouds

The place where I put down all my thoughts and observations

Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Book blog with a speculative focus

Romance Book Binge

Reading Books That Make You Blush

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader

Reading under the light of a Carolina moon

Emma R.

Books, Writing and Life!

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Each night I TRAVEL THE WORLD, I LIVE IN THE MIND OF KILLERS AND WALK AT THE SIDE OF HEROES

Not-So-Modern Girl

Thoughts of a twenty-something girl navigating her way one book at a time

Pat Adams-Wright Author

The power of the word never fails!

Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan

A Readers Musings and Reviews

%d bloggers like this: