Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for Vile City by Jennifer Thomson and she’ll be sharing her review with you all. First though, the all-important bookish information!
About the book:
DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic, his boss thinks he’s in the Army and the paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot. The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he’s fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round pain in the backside, Catriona Hastie.
Shelley Craig’s the Grabber’s latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre. And she’ll do anything to make it home.
Handling this baffling case is stressful enough without Waddell’s pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, starting to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.
About the author:
Jennifer Lee Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes non-fiction as Jennifer Thomson and fiction as Jenny Thomson.
This is her first book as Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to her late father who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already written and she’s working on book 4.
Jennifer is an animal rights and human rights advocate and has a rescue dog.
She also writes the Crime File series of books as Jenny Thomson. Book 1, 2 and 3, are out now. They are in order, Hell to Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me and feature tough rape survivor Nancy Kerr and her ex-Special Forces boyfriend who fight crime together.
In her spare time, she plans how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1301634.Jennifer_Thomson
Glasgow is the setting in this fast paced crime thriller; featuring a large and varied cast of characters, I was intrigued and hooked in from the start. The story opens with the abduction of Shelley Craig and the action is non-stop from then on. The Glasgow Grabber (as named by the local press) has snatched three women from the city and DI Duncan Waddell is in charge of solving the case. As each avenue of enquiry is explored the rot just gets deeper and deeper; abductions, sex slavery, murders and blackmail all feature.
I liked Duncan and how he was still loyal to his former colleague DC Stevie Campbell (the Detective in a Coma in the title) and visited him. Bouncing his thoughts off the unresponsive Stevie it was certainly a surprise when Stevie woke and started talking….or did he. We are left uncertain as to whether the stress of his workload is leading Duncan to imagine these interactions. There was humour in the story in the relationship between Duncan and his new partner DC McKeith who is nothing like Stevie. McKeith is a little wet behind the ears and has entered the force through the graduate scheme, he is strait-laced and simply not Duncan’s cup of tea!
There is a particularly repulsive character in Vile City – no spoilers but they made my skin crawl and got my hackles up.
Females have a lot of strong roles of varying backgrounds and personalities; glamorous receptionist, sophisticated psychotherapist, local newspaper journalist and the latest victim Shelley Craig. It was refreshing to see this in a crime thriller although nothing (and no-one) is straight forward and I wouldn’t have known who to trust.
An enjoyable book and I would read more from this author. Four stars.
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