An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend seafront. A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they're under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.
When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?
Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breathtaking finale.
©2016 Mark Hardie (P)2016 Hachette Audio
With crime thrillers there can be a tendency for them to follow a pattern and become predictable, to enjoy the progress we need to be interested in the characters, this book works at the level of you are interested in the characters on both sides of the law. I found it kept me listening attentively and the narration was very good.
The ending has interesting twists , you get a good idea of where its heading but the outcome leaves you feeling it was worthwhile listening and I look forward to more from this new author.
As much as I was enjoying the story building, I found the listen completely impossible to follow and had to give up.
I listen to hundreds of audio books, predominantly from authors such as Bernard Cornwell, Jeffrey Archer, Julian Stockwin, Wilbur Smith and Peter James. All these writers and kind enough to regularly refer to the characters in the story by name throughout each paragraph. Therefore if you lose condensation momentarily you are easily able to re gain the thread very quickly.
In this audio book the author/narrator refers to the character by name once at the start of the 'scene', and then only refers back to them for the rest of the scene as 'he', or 'she'. If you missed the reference to their at the outset, then you are completely lost.
I was forever pressing the re wind button to try and find out who was involved in that 'scene'.
I am an avid audio book listener, having at least two books on the go at any one time and getting through two or so a week.
Even poor books I usually manage to trudge to the end. But not this one. Very poor story, far, far to much descriptions of places, people and objects. With the actual story popping in very rarely. This is going back. But on the plus side it is read well. But such a shame he has such a boring book to read.
I love audio books but this one I feel asleep to 3 times. Bad language too. Couldn't get into it and when I awoke it was swearing to itself and unfortunately my neighbours must have overheard it as well. Shame but I will be returning it.
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