The Grave Digger’s Boy by R.R. Newman

Book blurb

As a boy, Ben was a witness in the disappearance and suspected murder of a beautiful young woman, Esther Garrett, which led to an intense adolescent obsession.

Twenty years later, the conviction of her murder is overturned due to a police corruption scandal.  Ben’s obsession is reawakened when Esther’s sister asks for his help investigating the crime.

As Ben is drawn deeper into the case, he will be forced to face the truth about his own life and soon finds himself questioning everything he ever believed.

Was Esther really murdered?

And if so, could the killer be closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

My thoughts

It’s my turn on the Blog Blitz today for The Grave Digger’s Boy by R. R. Newman. This is his first non-fiction book and I’m delighted to be part of the tour.

The book is written from the point of view of the main character – Ben. He’s quite an admirable, if somewhat awkward, young fellow. Esther, a teenage girl, goes missing. Ben becomes somewhat obsessed with what is happening. He was after all a witness, one of the last to see her. The connection he made in that brief moment on the bus with Esther has had a profound effect.

Twenty years later when an officer is being investigated a number of convictions are being overturned one of them is Esthers case. Ben, 31 and now living in London, is contacted by her sister, Lucy, she wants answers. Ben is back to being that obsessed young lad. He returns back home and starts to investigate with Lucy. He wants to do right by Esther, he wanted to when he was eleven, and finds he still does now he is an adult. Lucy is somewhat contrary in her attitude towards Ben. She has asked for his help but then gets a bit tetchy when he gets, perhaps, too involved.

This is a book which is written from the interesting slant of Ben when he is eleven and then as a 31 year old. We find out about what apparently happened to Esther through the young Ben. It is the older Ben that has the ability to make sense of things his younger self could not. Yet he is still driven by his obsession, his sense of right – for Esther.

As Ben continues to look into what happens, considering possible options to the man who was convicted – rightly or wrongly – it seems that someone is not happy with his snooping. The Police certainly aren’t.

When Ben is confronted with a piece of information from back when he was eleven he realises what may have happened. He must be sure. The tension racks up from this moment. Has Ben found the real killer? What can he do? What proof does he actually have?

The suspect may not be a total surprise to the reader by now but what happens in the closing chapters of the book surely are.

The Grave Digger’s Boy is an enjoyable and engaging read, well written with sufficient pace, good characterisation and an excellent, tension-filled and, yes, shocking finale.

BlogTour

With many thanks to Heather at Bloodhound Books for the invite to The Grave Digger’s Boy BlogBlitz. Do check out the rest of the tour…..

Information

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Buy: AmazonSmileUK (the eBook is currently 99p!)

Author:

Ray Newman grew up in Devon and Somerset, and lives in Bristol, where he works as a writer and editor in trade publishing. 

His first novel, The Grave Digger’s Boy, is a psychological crime novel set in the West Country. 

Ray studied English at Cambridge, specialising in American literature and crime fiction, and worked in central government communications after graduating. 

Under the name ‘Ray Bailey’ he has co-authored two multi-award-winning non-fiction books, on beer and pubs respectively. 

He has also written articles on architecture, history and culture for Fortean Times, the Modernist and the Bristol Magazine, among other publications.

Follow on Twitter: @MrRayNewman

An Elegant Solution by Anne Atkins

Book blurb

When someone mentions the City of Cambridge you probably think of an iconic building, its four corners stretching out of the once medieval mud and into the arms of everlasting heaven, its white limestone yearning into eternity… and without even knowing exactly what ephemeral joys or permanent wonders the vision brings to mind, it’s a safe bet that the one thought which does not occur to you is that the Chapel might not be there by Christmas.

Theo (Theophilus Ambrose Fitzwilliam Wedderburn to his friends) is a Junior Research Fellow in Number Theory. Prompted by a supervisee to demonstrate how to trace the provenance of bitcoins, Theo happens across a shocking revelation, with embarrassing ramifications for the whole University. Meanwhile he is being stalked unseen by someone from his childhood. To his annoyance, Theo falls for a cheap con… and discovers a horror set not only to rock the very seat of power itself but to change the face of Cambridge and its beautifully iconic image forever.

My thoughts

You just have to look at the beautiful and atmospheric cover of An Elegant Solution to be drawn to Anne Atkins splendid book.

Set in Cambridge a place I have often been, although not too recently, this book brought it back to life, I felt I was there. I was sauntering along with Theo, Charlotte and the rest. Once again I was seeing this beautiful place they live and work in, breathing in the history, the atmosphere and, of course, enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Theo is the main character a junior research fellow he is looking into bitcoins. I hope readers will enjoy this charming, selfless and loveable character as much as I did. You will find him, as he tells us, somewhere on the Autism spectrum. It is obvious that Anne Atkins has first hand experience and knowledge of this condition as she brings it so lovingly and clearly to the reader through Theo. Charlotte is another character I particularly liked. The scenes which contained both her and Theo I very much enjoyed.

There are, of course, a number of characters in the book some to love and some to loathe. Anne Atkins takes these characters and gives us their stories. I was immersed, drawn deeper into the storyline and as these stories are weaving away a thread appears which simply and ingeniously pulls them all together.

At the heart of this story is a diabolical plan which falls into Theo’s hands. In order to get the authorities to believe him and take action he needs someone who will listen to him. Someone who will accept his reasoning and see what he sees. Someone with the right connections. Even when this happens he’s not altogether sure things are quite right. And so Theo has to unearth from his fragile mind past experiences he has long buried. He is then presented with another situation Clare urgently needs to see him and off he goes not knowing what danger he may be in.

I spent most of this book reading it with a smile on my face. Sometimes a little confused – bitcoins, that’s all I’m going to say! Then there are those heart wrenching moments when sadness envelops you.

These are mere snippets of An Elegant Solution which don’t cover anywhere near all that takes place. Nor should it, if it did you may not read it and then you would miss out on a wonderful story. This enthralling, enigmatic mystery deserves to be read by a wide audience. It is a charming, at times challenging, book. A story I would like to read more of. One I thoroughly enjoyed and would certainly recommend.

Blog Tour

Many thanks to #LoveBooksTours for the invitation to join this charming Blog Tour. Thanks, Kelly. Why not take a delighyful journey through the rest of the An Elegant Solution Blog tour…

I would also like to send my heartfelt thanks to Malcolm Down Publishing for a copy of this gorgeous book…

Information

Publishers: Malcolm Down Publishers @malcolmdown

Buy: AmazonSmileUK

Author

Anne Atkins is a well-known English broadcaster and journalist, and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. She took an involuntary, and long, break from writing fiction when her son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, their daughter repeatedly hospitalized with a severe illness, and finally the family was made homeless.. Thankfully those dark days are now behind her and she and her husband Shaun along with some of her children now live happily in Bedford, England.

Books

Anne Atkins has also written

Lost Child; On Our Own; A Fine and Private Place;

Split Image; Child Rearing for Fun; Agony Atkins.

You can follow Anne online: @anne_atkins

#20ReadsofSummer2019 -update

What have I been up to?

Well, I’ve been away on holiday and read three books towards my #20BooksofSummer challenge.

Challenge – Update

If I have already written a review then the title will link you to that for all the information. Otherwise I will put a short comment.

1. When She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

2. Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch

3. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

4. Murderland by Pamela Murray

5. Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes

6. Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell

7. Ice Cold Heart by P J Tracy

8. Murder Unearthed by Amanda Waller

9. The Chain by Adrian McKinty

10. The Last Stage by Louise Voss

11. Absolute Proof by Peter James

And now I can add the following –

12. The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris – this book sounded intriguing and I requested it through NetGalley but as I didn’t hear for a while I thought I wasn’t going to get a copy so I bought it for my kindle. Then I got my request accepted! I don’t mind buying an eCopy or a paperback of a book even if I have had it via NetGalley.

This is a story of a boy, Jasper, who believes he has committed murder. He has Prosopagnosia more commonly known as face-blindness and Autism which means, for Jasper, that he has to recognise people by their clothes, not always reliable, and their voices. People’s voices are colours, things are colours and it is through his painting and his notebooks that he tries to explain what happened.

13. The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Ansty Harris – a NetGalley eBook.

The story of Grace, once a musician, she makes instruments – violins, violas and cellos- in her London shop. She has a relationship with David, who is married, their clandestine relationship has been going on for a number of years. It is on a weekend with David in Paris that he saves the life of a woman on the Metro. It goes viral, he’s a hero! Now starts a chain of events that turn Graces world upside down.

Not my usual crime fiction preference but I do like to ‘mix it up’ occasionally and something about this book just seemed to draw me.

14. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – a NetGalley eBook.

Back to crime fiction but with a rather spooky twist for my third holiday read. I’ll simply give you the blurb for this one!

A dark story has been brought to terrifying life. Can the ending be rewritten in time?

This is what the police know: English teacher Clare Cassidy’s friend Ella has just been murdered. Clare and Ella had recently fallen out. Found beside the body was a line from The Stranger, a story by the Gothic writer Clare teaches, and the murder scene is identical to one of the deaths in the story.

This is what Clare knows: No one else was aware of her fight with Ella. Few others have even read The Stranger. Someone has wormed their way into her life and her work. They know her darkest secrets. And they don’t mean well.

This is what the killer knows: Who will be next to die.

I noticed you can get this e-Book for just £1.99 at the moment.

I will post my thoughts on the above books in the coming week.

Not doing too badly then!

Well I’m amazed that I’ve managed this many books so far and am currently reading my fifteenth book! With pretty much still a month to go I think I might just manage the full twenty! Having only set the original target as ten this year I’m feeling pretty chuffed to have already reached and surpassed that.

So book 15?

Yes! I returned from holiday to this lovely looking book post, compliments of the Publisher – Malcolm Down Ltd – for which, many thanks. More about the book soon in the meantime here’s a picture…

I’m on the #LoveBooksTours Blog Tour for An Elegant Solution by Anne Atkins this month so you will be able to read my thoughts then.

What about the holiday?

Oh, yes! Thanks for asking, It was a wonderful holiday. Here are a couple of photos…

The Arena in Verona where we saw a wonderful production of La Traviata. We were here for four glorious and very hot days! Giving us enough of an excuse to not only explore but to sit, drink something refreshing and watch the world go by. It’s a beautiful city full of history with lot’s to see and do.

Then a week here on Lake Garda. Wonderful weather. Just a couple of trips as this was to be our relaxation after Verona. Chilling out on the balcony, out and about having drinks, great food and some delicious gelato – over which you pour an espresso coffee to become the amazing Affogato. Met some lovely people also on holiday and made very welcome by the wonderful Italians we met.

The Last Stage by Louise Voss

Book blurb

At the peak of her career as lead singer of a legendary 1980s indie band, Meredith Vincent was driven off the international stage by a horrific incident. Now she lives incognito in a cottage on the grounds of Minstead House, an old stately home, whilst working in the gift shop. Her past is behind her and she enjoys her new life.

But a series of inexplicable and unsettling incidents have started to happen around her – broken china, vandalised gardens… And when a body is found in the gardens of Minstead House, Meredith realises that someone is watching, someone who knows who she is and who wants to destroy her…

My thoughts

Louise Voss opens with a prologue that ramps up tension then there’s the intrigue, the curiosity around Meredith.

Transported back to the 1980s we learn how Meredith became the lead singer in Cohen, via Greenham Common, and the bands rise to fame. Then she gives it all up. Something bad happened.

Meredith is now a shop manager for the stately home in whose grounds she now lives. No one knows about her old life, she is settled but lives quietly and under the radar keeping the horror away – although the underlying fear is never far from her mind – she is just about coping. Then she gets a call the bands manager. How did he find her? He wants to get the band together again but Meredith refuses. Life goes on and she hears no more about it.

Time passes and some strange things start to happen….

Now the book really starts to grip you. Meredith doesn’t always make the right choices but she is a sympathetic character. What did happen to make her give everything up?

I moved to London in ’78 in my late teens, it was a great time. It’s funny when something triggers memories. They may not be the exact same experiences but you connect. It makes for an even better reading experience because you relate, you think yes! And there you are, hooked.

Still, whilst the past is fascinating and may hold answers, you want to know what’s happening now. Will she be safe?

You will connect with Meredith, Pete, Andrea, Gemma and others along the way.

Then more terrible things happen….

It’s scary at times and sad, so very sad – the things that happen show just how evil the perpetrator(s) are – it’s shocking.

Perhaps it is futile or misplaced, perhaps the past has really come calling. Or is something else altogether going on? Moving from 1983 to the present day, back and forth the story unfolds. Can we dare to hope?

Louise Voss opens with a prologue that will have you checking your doors and windows and then quietly sets you along the path to find the answers building tension and drawing you into this finely written story. A story that will keep you hooked until the very end.

I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.

Thanks

With many thanks to Orenda Books for an eCopy of The Last Stage and to Anne at #RandomThingsTours for the invitation to take part in the The Last Stage Blog Tour. Whilst I was delighted to receive an eCopy of The Last Stage by Louise Voss from Orenda Books for the #RandomThingsTour I have also purchased my own eCopy.

BlogTour

Do take a look at the rest of The Last Resort #BlogTour …

Information

PUBLICATION DATE: 11 JULY 2019 | PAPERBACK ORIGINAL | £8.99 | ORENDA BOOKS

Buy: AmazonSmileUK

Author

Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had eleven novels published – five solo and six co-written with Mark Edwards: a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction – and sold over 350,000 books. Her most recent book, The Old You, was a number one bestseller in eBook. Louise has an MA (Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime- writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

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Absolute Proof by Peter James

Paperback – 25 Jul 2019

Book blurb

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James.

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .

My thoughts

This is a stand-alone book from the author of the DI Grace Series. It opens with several seemingly unrelated sketches before the main body of the book begins.

Ross, the main protagonist, receives a call from Dr Harry Cook which sets him on a search to find the Absolute Proof. A search that will be fraught with danger nevertheless he is determined to find out what it’s all about. Of course, if it were true and he broke the story it would be a major scoop. It could be his big break, the once in a lifetime story that would be the making of him.

What could it be? What would make the whole world believe in the existence of God?

However, Ross soon comes to realise that not everyone is happy about it. For some the consequences might be disastrous. So there are several interested parties who want to find out what Dr Cook knows, what Ross knows and want to obtain the Absolute Proof.

This is a fascinating story and one I mainly enjoyed. It is a tense, well written thriller that picks up pace as it moves along. It asks questions and supplies some interesting responses from various characters.

There are quite a number of characters in the story most of whom are not very likeable. I did like Ross although he’s no saint! Of course, you are questioning their motives – are they what they seem? Do they really mean what they say?

I wondered about the ending but this thought provoking book could not really finish in any other way than to leave the reader to their own thoughts.

I think this book will get some wildly differing thoughts from readers but it is incredibly well researched and, obviously, a work very close to the authors heart. It’s a good story and one many will, as I did, enjoy.

With thanks to Macmillan via NetGalley for an eARC of Absolute Proof by Peter James. All thoughts are my own, I have not received any payment for the review of this book.

#20BooksofSummer

This is one of my #20BooksofSummer reads.

Information

Publisher: Macmillan

Paperback: 25 July 2019

ISBN 9781447240952

704 pages

Buy: AmazonSmileUK Publisher Links

Author

Peter James Author – photograph by JAMES CLARKE (permission via Peter James website)

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 14 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 20 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

Like to know more? Peter James Website @peterjamesuk

Books

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Lisa Cutts: The East Rise Series

Book blurbs

Mercy Killings

The death of a local sex offender places the police officers at East Rise incident room under immense pressure – they must treat this case like any other murder, but they know what Albie Woodville did and can feel little sympathy. Except, as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear this isn’t just a one-off killing – someone is out for revenge …

Buried Secrets

To most people, Detective Inspector Milton Bowman appears to have an ideal life. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough.

After a tragic car accident, and a shocking murder, DI Milton’s colleagues have to start digging into every aspect of his life. 

Suspicion and disbelief creep into their lives as a web of deceit unfolds – the Bowman family, friends and even colleagues come under suspicion. No one is to be trusted.

Nothing is as it appears.

Lost Lives

SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER LIFE

When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .

SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER DAUGHTER

DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.

SHE WAS WRONG

As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?

My thoughts

The East Rise Series is a very good Police procedural which addresses the darker elements of life and Police work – murder, paedophilia, Police corruption, trafficking – written by a currently serving Police Officer.

Along with the plot in each book is the growing development of the two main characters Detective Inspector (DI) Harry Powell and Hazel – ‘Haze’. Their developing relationship adds another layer to the stories. It is not just Harry and Hazel there’s a team from DCI Barbara Venice to Tom, Sophie Pierre and, latterly, DC Gabriel Royston. As you read the books there is more to find out about each of them. Still Lisa Cutts pulls no punches on what happens to her characters to ensure authentic, captivating and believable storylines. As with all Series each book brings more to the characters giving greater clarity, understanding and interest. Each book can, as you would expect, be read as a stand-alone but then you would miss out on all the development and investigations of this family of police officers.

With Mercy Killings we are most certainly being introduced to the characters and there are quite a few so you may want to concentrate more on the storyline which is gritty and gives a fair bit of insight into how the police work and interact with each other, the crime scene, the witnesses, the main investigation and other elements of what is happening alongside it.

Buried Secrets brings Harry and the team back with an investigation into two deaths – close to home – and has a hard look at whether one of their own is corrupt or, perhaps, even a murderer. It shows how an investigation can affect those involved – the families, the suspects and the police who are investigating the crimes and those supporting the family. With this book Lisa Cutts is bringing to the reader a really good story and terrific characters.

With the latest in the series Lost Lives – and the best, so far – we are brought a dark, heart wrenching story of human trafficking. Bringing to life what happens to those people who are seeking a new and better life by buying passage to the UK and how they are caught up in such appalling and abhorrent situations. Will Harry and the team be able to unravel what is happening? Will they keep John safe? Will they find Anna? Will it be too late? Will there be devastating consequences for Harry and the team?

Each book brings a new investigation, a new plot and greater insight into Harry and the team. Each is quite gritty, hard hitting and well written. These are books which have grown into a tremendous series and is well worth reading.

Thanks

Whilst I purchased the first two books I was delighted to receive the third from Simon and Schuster via NetGalley. Many thanks for an eCopy of Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts.

Update

In one fell swoop I have read three more in the #20BooksofSummer challenge!

Information

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Buy: East RiseAmazonSmileUK

Author

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When she finds the time, she writes crime fiction.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster series, ‘Never Forget’ and ‘Remember, Remember.’

‘Mercy Killing’ was published on 20th October 2016 by Simon and Schuster. It is the first in a new series of East Rise Incident Room crime novels and features some new characters together with a few more familiar ones. The second in the series, ‘Buried Secrets’ was released on 2nd of November 2017, with ‘Lost Lives’ due for release on 15th November 2018.

Lisa works in Kent and also lives there with her husband and scatty Labrador.

She writes a monthly column for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers.

In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival which takes place each October throughout her home County.

Check out Lisa’s Website Follow Lisa on Twitter

Books

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN 

My thoughts

What kind of person kidnaps a child?

Kylie sits at a bus stop on Plum Island it’s just a normal school day, until it isn’t.

Rachel gets a phone call and the world she was beginning to put back together shatters instantly.

Marty, Rachel’s ex – he’s not going to be helpful, anyway he’s away working his new partner, Tammy, says. He’d go to the police and then, well there’d be repercussions and that would be bad.

Pete, Marty’s brother, he’s an ex Marine – he’s seen stuff, he knows stuff and he cares for Kylie but he’s got a problem and that might ruin everything.

What kind of person wouldn’t kidnap a child?

She’s gone and Rachel has to stay strong. Has to do what she is told. Has to get Kylie back. Has to do as she’s told. She has to do something that makes her as bad as the others. She has to do something any mother would do under the circumstances, something no mother would ever dream of having to do, would ever think they could do – doesn’t she?

The Chain

What is this thing that makes you do such heinous things? Who is behind this abhorrent thing that is The Chain?

Operating by fear and anonymity The Chain appears to be the perfect kidnapping business model. The kidnappers are the victims of a previous kidnapping and the ransom is paid by bitcoins. No one knows who The Chain is only that they have become a part of it – another link in The Chain – victim and perpetrator in fear for their children’s lives, their families lives, their own lives.

We follow Rachel and she is a feisty character, determined, smart and likeable. Will she get Kylie back? Will she do as she is told? Does she want to live the rest of her life wondering if The Chain might call upon her again, put her and her family at risk again? What about all the other victims – past, present and future? What can she do? What will she do?

You may not agree with everything Rachel does, you may think you could never do any of this but you cannot, surely, do anything but admire Rachel’s grit and determination. Her plan maybe dangerous, difficult and even downright crazy but along with the ever loyal Pete she knows she has to carry it out.

The Chain knows everything doesn’t it? The Chain manipulates people and situations to it’s own end. What is The Chain doing? Does it know what Rachel is up to?

What happens throughout this book will mess with your head, mess with who and what you thought you were and then have you hoping that you could be as strong, as brave as Rachel but really happy, grateful and relieved that this is not happening to you.

Adrian McKinty has written a hard hitting story that some may find difficult to read but those who do read it will be gripped by this unique thriller.

Thanks

My thanks to Orion for the invite to read an eARC of The Chain by Adrian McKinty via NetGalley

Information

Publisher: Orion (9 July 2019)

Buy: AmazonSmileUK Waterstones

Author:

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

@adrianmckinty

Adrian McKinty Website

Books

Sean Duffy Series

The Cold, Cold Ground; I Hear the Sirens in the Street; In The Morning I’ll be Gone; Gun Street Girl; Rain Dogs

Michael Forsythe Series

Dead I Well May Be; The Dead Yard; The Bloomsday Dead

Lighthouse Trilogy

The Lighthouse Land; The Lighthouse War; The Lighthouse Keepers

Stand-alone

Orange Rhymes with Everything; Hidden River; Fifty Grand; Falling Glass; Deviant; The Sun is God; The Chain