Thanks to Jenny In Neverland for having me on the blog tour for City of Shadows and also to Carina (Netgalley) and MJ Lee for my copy of the book!
About the book (via Amazon):
A family has been found murdered in the heart of 1920s Shanghai. But what could have compelled them to open the door to their killer?
Inspector Danilov has always taken a unique approach to solving his cases. So, when he’s asked to investigate the violent death of a fellow police officer, killed in action, he doesn’t think twice about turning his attention to a different case altogether: the brutal murder of the Lee family, found massacred in their own home.
How could the deaths of an ordinary family account for a shooting halfway across the city? And what clues lie with the letter found clasped in the dead girl’s hand? Inspector Danilov’s instincts tell him he’s close. But when the investigation reveals deep corruption at Shanghai’s core, Danilov faces a choice: probe further, and expose the evil underbelly of the city? Or shy from duty…and keep the few people he loves safe?
Well! Where do I start with City of Shadows?! I read this book in one day!!! I haven’t done that for a while, but I just couldn’t stop reading it! City of Shadows is so different to my usual reads, yet it is still the same genre.
The book begins with the murder of the Lee family, and it doesn’t let up pace until the very end. It is a well written story, with great twists and turns in the narrative.
City of Shadows is the second Inspector Danilov novel. I haven’t actually read the first one, Death in Shanghai yet, but it is somewhere on my kindle TBR waiting patiently. I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the first book, but I’m sure it probably helps the reader to understand the characters more if you read in order.
I found Danilov to be a very likeable Inspector. I found myself drawing comparisons to Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole on more than one occasion. Whether it was the location, or mannerisms, I don’t know, but for me there is definitely echoes of Hole in Danilov.
I think the reason I read City of Shadows so quickly is that it just draws you in immediately. The pace is relentless once the investigation gets going and there is more than enough going on in the periphery that your mind is hungry for the solution.
I gave City of Shadows 4 stars on Goodreads. I would highly recommend it for thriller and crime fans. It is out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below!
Happy reading! 🙂