Dead Lucky by Matt Brolly


I’ve been lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author to read and review so my thanks, as always, to Matt for giving me an opportunity to review his latest novel. 😊

 

Matthew Brolly wrote a brilliant debut released last year called Dead Eyed. It was a stunning debut and you can read my review for it HERE.

 

You know when you love an authors debut novel, and you wonder if they can follow up with another cracking book?! With Dead Lucky, wonder no more! I raced through it, absolutely glued to my iPad at any reading opportunity as I was dying to know what was going on!

 

About the book (via Goodreads):

 

DCI Michael Lambert is back…

When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.

And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.

But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next.


My Thoughts:

 

LOVED IT!!! 🙂 Honestly, I loved Dead Lucky! Almost from the first page, I was hooked! The story draws you in so completely and so quickly that you just can’t help but keep reading!

 

Dead Lucky is one of the “one more chapter” books for me. The kind of book where I keep telling myself I’ll go to sleep after one more chapter, I’ll get dressed after one more chapter, I’ll make dinner after just one more chapter. I just didn’t want to stop reading! 😂

 

DCI Michael Lambert is one of my favourite characters from the past 12 months. There is just something about him that I enjoy, which is testament to Matt’s writing style in that he creates great characters. It’s comforting to pick up a book with a main character that you like, it’s almost like meeting up with an old friend.

 

Dead Lucky picks up after Dead Eyed, so Lambert’s situation has changed since the previous book. I’m not going to go into plot details, you can read my review to get an idea. Sufficed to say, there’s enough going on without picking up a murder investigation.

 

Brolly has a masterful way of writing plots that reveal their secrets slowly, not enough to give you the full picture, but enough to tempt you to figure it out. I love books like this as they make you try really hard to figure out the ending, but then blindside you completely when it comes to the big reveals!

 

I’ve no problem in saying, despite crime fiction being pretty much the only genre I’m reading lately, I’ve become useless at figuring out who did what and why! I think that’s why I enjoy reading books like this, they challenge my brain to work harder!

 

Dead Lucky, my second read of 2016, is my first 5 ⭐️ read of the year on Goodreads! And it deserves every one of those stars! If you haven’t read Matt Brolly’s books, you are missing out! 😉

Dead Eyed can be bought by clicking this link!

Dead Eyed (DCI Michael Lambert, Book 1)

Dead Lucky, out January 11th, can be pre-ordered by clicking this link!

Dead Lucky (DCI Michael Lambert, Book 2)

 

Happy Reading 😊📖

Dead Eyed by Matt Brolly

I’ve had Dead Eyed on my Netgalley TBR for a while now and some blogger friends of mine, Noelle over at Crimebookjunkie Book Blog and Joseph at Relax and Read Book Reviews had reviewed it so my interest was piqued!

By pure coincidence, Matt emailed me a couple of weeks ago asking would I like to read and review Dead Eyed. Of course my answer was yes, happy that I had a copy of it on my kindle!
Goodreads description:

DCI Michael Lambert thought he’d closed his last case…

Yet when he’s passed a file detailing a particularly gruesome murder, Michael knows that this is no ordinary killer at work.
The removal of the victim’s eyes and the Latin inscription carved into the chest is the chilling calling-card of the ‘soul jacker’: a cold-blooded murderer who struck close to Michael once before, twenty-five years ago.
Now the long-buried case is being re-opened, and Michael is determined to use his inside knowledge to finally bring the killer to justice. But as the body count rises, Michael realises that his own links to the victims could mean that he is next on the killer’s list…

There are so many crime books out there now that it can be difficult to separate them from each other. Not the case with Dead Eyed. With a serial killer called Souljacker, you know it’s going to be good! And this is a debut! I honestly couldn’t believe that this book was a debut, it seems so accomplished that I would have expected it to be well into a series at least!

Souljacker goes around killing people, taking their eyes out, and carving a Latin phrase into their bodies. Insane, but chillingly good as a killer.

Lambert is great as a character, he has his weaknesses and demons in his past, but he’s just so easy to like as a protagonist. Sarah May proves to be a strong female character in Dead Eyed too, adept and intelligent. Together they work the case simultaneously, leading to interesting developments in the investigation.

I don’t like going to far into plots as I think it takes away from the readers experience if they know too much. Sufficed to say, Dead Eyed is an astonishing debut novel. Matt Brolly’s writing style is clear, concise and vivid. The action is relentless, there are so many twists and “I know who”  moments (I was wrong, consistently, by the way!!!) that all add up to it being a brilliant storyline, with excellent characterisation, and a truly deranged sociopathic killer.