The Body Under the Bridge by Nick Louth

DCI Craig Gillard will be pushed to his limits… But will he break?

Book blurb

It seems like a routine disappearance, a case of musician’s stage fright. As a senior detective, Craig Gillard isn’t sure why he’s even involved. Until it turns out the woman’s father is the German Minister of Justice, and the British Home Secretary is on the case too.

But nothing about the case is simple. How does a woman on a train simply vanish? What do you do when a trail runs cold and the pressure is on?

Before long the perpetrator has another target: DCI Gillard himself. What if the detective isn’t just running the case, but is part of it? The victim merely a lure for a bigger fish.

The answer is under the bridge. The chilling setting for the biggest challenge of his life.

My thoughts

The fifth and latest book in the DCI Craig Gillard series finds Craig heading up a missing person case. A missing person! Not DCI Gillard’s usual sort of case but on direct orders from his boss he has no choice.

The missing person turns out to be Beatrice Ulbricht daughter of the German Minister of Justice. Resources are being thrown at the case when Gillard realises that they have been mislead, quite cleverly, by the kidnapper and have wasted valuable time.

There is also a smaller investigation happening within his team on a stolen vehicle. One that caused much amusement because of the home security footage!

Craig is, as usual, working hard on the investigation which means long hours especially when they have to practically start all over again!

Heavy rain, flooding and an incident at a bridge which Craig and Sam get caught up in add two bodies to the investigation.

Messages are being sent to Craig and it looks as though there’s something personal, taunting his ability and then Sam, his wife, is taken! Craig is removed from the case as SIO. There’s a new SIO and a special unit brought in.

This doesn’t stop Craig from some investigation. Then his colleague DI Perry find out that his wife is having an affair. He’s taken some personal time and is tracking his wife’s lover when his daughter, supposedly staying with a friend, has gone missing.

There are so many threads to this story each dangled tantalising before us that it is impossible not to be making guesses at what is happening and who is responsible.

This is a gripping book and Nick Louth masterfully brings together all the twists and turns in this complex and engaging story into a stunning conclusion.

Previous reviews: Body in the Mist | Body in the Marsh | The Body Under the Bridge


With thanks to Sophie at Canelo for the invite to read and to Canelo via NetGalley for an eCopy of The Body under the Bridge by Nick Louth. These are purely my own thoughts, for which I have received no payment.



Publication Date: 30th April 2020 | Ebook ISBN: 9781788636988

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Nick Louth is a bestselling thriller writer and an award-winning financial journalist. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. He was for many years a Financial Times columnist, and a regular contributor to Investors Chronicle, Money Observer and MSN Money. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which in 2014 went on to become a UK number one ebook bestseller. The Body Under the Bridge is his fifth book in the DCI Gillard crime series, and his ninth thriller overall. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

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