Blog Tour ~ The Hangman’s Hold (DCI Matilda Darke 4) by Michael Wood Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today s Ellen’s stop on the blog tour for The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down.

About the author:

Michael is a freelance journalist and proofreader living in Sheffield. As a journalist he has covered many crime stories throughout Sheffield, gaining first-hand knowledge of police procedure. He also reviews books for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to crime fiction.

About the book:

The Hangman’s Hold: A gripping serial killer thriller that will keep you hooked (DCI Matilda Darke Series, Book 4) by [Wood, Michael]

Your life is in his hands.

In the gripping new serial killer thriller from Michael Wood, Matilda Darke faces a vicious killer pursuing his own brand of lethal justice. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons and Helen Fields.

There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness.

He knows your darkest secrets.
He’ll make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.

And he is closer than you think.
DCI Matilda Darke is running out of time. Fear is spreading throughout the city. As the body count rises, Matilda is targeted and her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?

Click HERE to order your copy now!

Ellen’s Review:

Having loved the three previous novels in the DCI Matilda Darke series by Michael Wood and being an ardent #TeamDarke member I couldn’t wait to get stuck into book four, The Hangman’s Hold. This book could be read as a standalone but personally I’d recommend you read them all – why deny yourself the pleasure of getting to know Matilda and her team?

Michael Wood has gone really dark in The Hangman’s Hold and poor Matilda’s fragile mental strength is certainly pushed to its limits. There is a serial killer who appears to be carrying out murders in the manner of a vigilante, unhappy with how the victims have seemingly got away with crimes they decide to deal with them in the old fashioned way of hanging. Matilda and her team are being pushed from every angle, superiors, the press and even the killer, and it’s clear that not everyone disagrees with the killer’s reasoning. Matilda struggles to keep her team focused at times and it was upsetting to see cracks in what has always been a great working relationship between them all.

It was interesting to see a possible love interest on the scene for Matilda, I’d like to think she deserves a little dose of happiness (especially after the events in The Hangman’s Hold). I love the friendship element that has run through this series and watching the team grow closer and probably heavier after indulging in Sian’s treat drawer!

There are some truly horrific scenes in this book, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! My heart rate must have been through the roof at certain points and just when you think you can’t take anymore…BAM..another gut punch of a reveal. Speaking of reveals there’s an absolute humdinger but I’ll let you discover that for yourself…..

All the stars for The Hangman’s Hold and bring on book five!!

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A Room Full of Killers (DCI Matilda Darke 3) by Michael Wood

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

Eight killers. One house. And the almost perfect murder…

Feared by the people of Sheffield, Starling House is home to some of Britain’s deadliest teenagers, still too young for prison. Now the building’s latest arrival, Ryan Asher, has been found brutally murdered – stabbed twelve times, left in a pool of blood.

When DCI Matilda Darke and her team investigate, they uncover the secrets of a house tainted by evil. Kate Moloney, the prison’s manager, is falling apart, the security system has been sabotaged, and neither the staff nor the inmates can be trusted.

There’s only one person Matilda believes is innocent, and he’s facing prison for the rest of his life. With time running out, she must solve the unsolvable to save a young man from his fate. And find a murderer in a house full of killers…

A Room Full of Killers is out on February 17th (ebook) and you can preorder your copy by clicking HERE.

My thoughts:

I have been eagerly awaiting A Room Full of Killers pretty much since I finished reading Outside Looking In last year so I was delighted to have an opportunity to read it pre-publication. I knew from the first few pages that I was going to be hooked, and it was definitely worth the wait.

A Room Full of Killers is another brilliant installment in the DCI Matilda Darke series. This one focuses on Starling House and its inmates, young murderers. When one of the inmates is murdered, Darke and her team are called to investigate. What follows is a nail-biting, fast-paced and very twisted tale. Interspersed with chapters from the inmates of Starling House, A Room Full of Killers is Michael Wood’s darkest book yet. I LOVED it!!!!

Michael Wood has a skill for creating great characters, and this book is no different. I love the dynamic relationships between Matilda and her team, they all seem to bounce so well off each other. I especially like how Wood writes strong female friendships. Matilda and Adele are one of my favourite duos to catch up with. The way they are written makes the reader feel included in their friendship and invested in their characters. Very few authors make me care for their characters, but I always care about these two.

I briefly mentioned the interspersed chapters above. The reader is essentially introduced to the inmates of Starling House sporadically throughout the book. Each chapter focuses on one boy and their crime. Some of these are just horrendous to read. It’s hard to imagine a child committing murder, but that’s exactly what they’ve done and how they’ve ended up where they are. These chapters are quite chilling.

I think that A Room Full of Killers is possibly my favourite book in the series so far. It’s the one that’s made me question people more, and when I say that, I mean questioning people’s motivations for murder. Nature vs nurture and so on. As a parent, it’s hard to imagine what could drive your child to do such unspeakable acts, so this book is quite hard-hitting as it makes you wonder… what if?

I can’t recommend this series highly enough. If you’ve not read them yet, treat yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

I can’t finish this review without thanking Michael Wood. You may have seen a character called Kate Moloney mentioned above? Well that’s me. I’m truly honoured and humbled to have been written into a character. And bar the fact that I’m only 30 (😝), Michael got my description pretty spot on, especially with the nails and my love of Friends. Maybe less like the real me as the book goes on though 🤔 There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to thank Michael enough. So all I’ll say to him is you’re great 😉😉😉

 

Previous reviews/blog posts:

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood 

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood *Blog Tour*

The Fallen by Michael Wood

The Fallen by Michael Wood


About the book:

A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home. The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. All signs point to a break-in, but why has nothing been taken?

For DCI Matilda Darke, this is the perfect chance to prove her newly formed Murder Investigation Team are up to the task. Matilda suspects the clue to finding the killer lies in Iain’s past, but she’s about to discover how dark that past really is…

The Fallen was released today and you can get your copy by clicking HERE

My thoughts:

Having read and loved For Reasons Unknown and Outside Looking In, I was delighted to hear that Michael Wood was releasing a short story in time for Christmas.

The Fallen is only 85 pages, but it certainly packs in a decent story. We are with newly minted DCI Matilda Darke in Sheffield, where she is tasked with investigating the murder of Iain Kilbride who was found dead in his flat.

What follows is surprisingly gripping for something so short. I started and finished it this morning as I just wanted to know what happened!

I really enjoyed catching up with Matilda. It was very odd to read about her as a happy character though, she is far from that in previous novels but obviously with good reason. The dynamic between her and her husband James is really well written. Even better though, is her banter with Adele, who is also in the first two books.
The Fallen was a perfect interval for fans of Michael Wood. Especially those fans who are waiting for the next instalment in the DCI Matilda Darke series, A Room Full of Killers, which is out next year. I thoroughly enjoyed it, not least because a certain character makes a fleeting appearance and it made me smile!

Highly recommended!

Previous Michael Wood posts:

For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood 

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood Review

 

Outside Looking In by Michael Wood *Blog Tour*

 

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! It’s finally my turn and I’m lucky enough to be the last stop on the blog tour for Michael Wood’s second novel, Outside Looking In.

Now, in case you didn’t know, I’m a huge fan of Michael’s DCI Matilda Darke novels. I read and loved his first book, For Reasons Unknown and you can catch my review for that by clicking HERE.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the blog tour for Outside Looking In from the start, because we’re doing something a little different to close the tour. It’s sort of a reflection post, with a few questions and I’ll throw in my review at the end for good measure 😉

First things first though…

About Michael Wood:

Michael is a freelance journalist and proofreader living in Sheffield. As a journalist he has covered many crime stories throughout Sheffield, gaining first-hand knowledge of police procedure. He also reviews books for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to crime fiction.

About Outside Looking In:

When elderly George Rainsford goes to investigate a suspicious noise one night, the last thing he expects to find is a bloodbath. A man has been killed and a woman brutally beaten, left for dead.

The victims are Lois Craven and Kevin Hardaker – both married, but not to each other. Their spouses swear they knew nothing of the affair and, besides, they both have alibis for the attack. With nothing else to link the victims, the investigation hits a dead end.

The pressure is on for investigating officer, DCI Matilda Darke: there’s a violent killer on the loose, and it looks like her team members are the new targets. With no leads and no suspects, it’s going to take all Matilda’s wits to catch him, before he strikes again.
Some random questions from me to Michael:


You write fiction, so what’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told?

I can’t answer that question just in case the person I told the big lie to reads it. 😉

If you could be a superhero, who would you choose and why? 

It would definitely be Batman. He’s my favourite superhero as he doesn’t have any actual powers. He has money and uses it to create things needed to fight crime. Very civil of him.

What literary character are you most like?

I’m not sure. I don’t think I’ve ever identified myself with a literary character. When I was young and first read Great Expectations I always wanted to be Pip and taken away from my life and shown a better one. It never happened. The older I get I think I’m more like a male version of Miss Havisham. 😂

Have you any secret talents?

None whatsoever I’m afraid.


Have you seen someone looking at/reading your books in public yet? Would you approach someone if you did and tell them you’re the author?

No I haven’t. I keep looking though. I did see a man pick my book up in my local Waterstones but he didn’t buy it. Fool. I’m not sure if I would approach them. Anyone could claim to be the author of a novel unless the writer’s photo appears on the cover.

When you edit do you leave anything big out? And does that something try to sneak back in?

You have to be ruthless in editing. It’s for the good of the story so whatever changes my editor suggests I know they’re only made to improve the story. With my first novel, For Reasons Unknown, there was an extra chapter towards the end in which a character died. My editor suggested leaving it out. At first I didn’t agree but when I came to writing book two I realised it was the best idea. Two heads are definitely better than one.

What are the best and worst things about being an author?

I love writing. I love my characters. I love researching and creating stories. I love hearing from readers saying how much they enjoy my books and characters. There’s very little I dislike about being an author. I’m still very new to this so I’m enjoying every aspect.

What would be your specialist subject in a quiz?

The comedy Red Dwarf. I’ve loved it from the beginning and it’s always my go to programme when I’m feeling blue and need cheering up. Series two takes me back to a time in my childhood that gives me comfort.

Top 5 movies/ books/ bands? 

Films:

1. Misery

2. Scream

3. Psycho

4. Back to the Future

5. L A Confidential


Books:

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

3. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

4. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

5. On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill


Bands:

1. The Killers

2. Aqualung

3. Stereophonics

4. Coldplay

5. The Feeling

 
Best and worst subjects in school?

Best was English. Worst was art (I cannot draw at all).

Have you ever won any awards?
None. Thanks for reminding me. 😞
Do you have a signature dish?

I have a few salmon recipes that I’m particular good at cooking. I love salmon.
What’s your favourite place on earth? 

As my novels are set in Sheffield I should realistically say Sheffield. Although I don’t think I’ve been to my favourite place yet.
Who is your hero?

Good question. I don’t think I have any heroes but there are a couple of people who I greatly admire for either what they’ve overcome or the way they’ve shaped my life. Obviously, my mum and a good friend who shall remain nameless for fear of giving him a big head. 😂

Most influential authors to your work? 
This could be a long list. However I shall stick to three: Minette Walters (first crime novel I ever read was written by her). Val McDermid (consistently writes at a high standard). Reginald Hill (he was more of a craftsman than a writer when it came to storytelling).

Would you give away your last Jaffa cake?

Absolutely not.

Where do you see your career going? 
Onwards and upwards I hope. I’d like Matilda to be a long running series but I have idea for a couple of standalone novels too (one of which I’ve already written) and I have a great idea for a serial killer story that wouldn’t feature the police much at all (that’s still at the notes stage).

And after all that fun, here’s my review and make sure to read to the end for the last questions! 😉
My initial reaction on Goodreads:

I have just finished this book and I have so many feelings!!!! I am in bereft because I’ve devoured this book in one day after months of anticipation!

Michael Wood is an exceptional crime writer. He gives nods to other crime writers in this book, without realising he gives the same pleasure to readers of his books!

Outside Looking In is a brilliantly written, thoroughly engaging read.

From the opening pages (of which I started immediately once I got the book at midnight!!!) to the very last line, I was completely hooked.

I experienced a range of emotions reading this book, and I wasn’t expecting that at all!
The characters in Michael Wood’s books are so well thought out. I love his style of writing, and Matilda Darke is a brilliantly flawed protagonist. It’s not difficult to feel for her, to root for her and her team during the course of their investigations.

I’m always worried that after reading an authors debut that the follow up may not live up to its predecessor. With Outside Looking In, Michael Wood need not worry! A well plotted, thrilling and fast paced read, I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

My final questions…..

How do you feel now that you are a few weeks on from the publication of Outside Looking In and the blog tour has come to an end? Are you happy with the reception for the book? Would you change anything? What’s next for Michael Wood? 

 
I am thrilled with the reception Outside Looking In has received. I already had the story in place when For Reasons Unknown was accepted by HarperCollins. As soon as I knew book one was to be published I started writing book two and it was finished (more or less) before book one was published.
People have been saying that Outside Looking In is better than the first which is wonderful to hear. For Reasons Unknown will always be special to me as it’s my first published novel. However, there is always pressure for the second to be just as good (or better) than the first. It’s a huge relief the fans of book one have enjoyed book two and taken Matilda and her team into their hearts so quickly.
My blog tour this time was twenty dates long (For Reasons Unknown was only ten dates), and it’s been fairly mixed. For the most part I’ve had some excellent bloggers. If I do another tour for book three I may go back to ten or maybe twelve and spread the dates out rather than have consecutive dates. What I’ve enjoyed doing this time around is taking quotes from various blogs and posting them on Twitter. They seem to have been received very well.
What’s next for Michael Wood? Well it’s quite an exciting time at present as I’m almost finished writing the third Matilda Darke novel. Hopefully it will be published early next year. I was surprised how people said Outside Looking In was unexpectedly darker than book one. I hope readers like their fiction dark as book three goes pitch black in places. I’m also working on something else featuring Matilda and her team. I’d love to give more news but I’m not allowed. As soon as I am able I’ll shout it from the rooftops.
I would like to take this opportunity, if I may, to thank all the bloggers who have taken part in my tour. They’ve written some wonderful reviews and I’m pleased you all seem to like Matilda as much as I do. Now, time to raid Sian’s snack drawer then get on with writing book three.
So, there you have it. I’d like to say a big thank you to Michael Wood for letting me close the tour, and answering my random messages with silly questions. It’s been a pleasure, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you would like to purchase Michael’s books, click on the relevant links below! 
Happy reading! 🙂


Weekly Wrap Up May 29th

I know I said last week’s wrap up would be short, but I’m thinking this one will be too! 😁 I’m not joking when I say I and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY behind on my blog posts! At the moment, I have 16 posts and reviews to be done 😱This week was a good week reading-wise, I managed to read 3 books which brings my reads so far this year up to 82! 😊 

I read:

  • Montecristo by Martin Suter 


  • Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

  • The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza


All three were brilliant! I’m on the blog tour for both Robert and Michael’s books, but you can read a teaser review for Michael’s book HERE!!!

Also this week, I featured a post from author Nick Quantrill about Unorthodox Protagonists and you can catch up on that post by clicking the link below!

The Dead Can’t Talk… But Nick Quantrill can!

Lastly, this evening, I got to take part in a cover reveal for Tim Lebbon’s new book, The Family Man and you can click the link below to check it out!

The Family Man by TJ Lebbon

I don’t have a lot of bookish news! Naturally I’ve been adding books left right and centre to my TBR through various means, so I’m pretty sure that my book haul post next week will be quite large! 😂 30 books for turning 30 has a lot to answer for! 😉

I’ve got two blog tours next week too so keep an eye out for them!

  • Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley on Thursday June 2nd
  • My Girl by Jack Jordan Friday June 3rd

So that’s pretty much it for my wrap up I think! I’m off to the laptop to catch up on my posts! Wish me luck 😂📚


Outside Looking In by Michael Wood Mini Review


Right, I’m on the blog tour for this book in July, but I can’t wait that long to gush!!!! 😂

Here’s a 5⭐️ teaser!

On Goodreads this is what I wrote-

I have just finished this book and I have so many feelings!!!! I am in bereft because I’ve devoured this book in one day after months of anticipation!

Michael Wood is an exceptional crime writer. He gives nods to other crime writers in this book, without realising he gives the same pleasure to readers of his books! 

Outside Looking In is a brilliantly written, thoroughly engaging read.

From the opening pages (of which I started immediately once I got the book at midnight!!!) to the very last line, I was completely hooked.

I experienced a range of emotions reading this book, and I wasn’t expecting that at all!
The characters in Michael Wood’s books are so well thought out. I love his style of writing, and Matilda Darke is a brilliantly flawed protagonist. It’s not difficult to feel for her, to root for her and her team during the course of their investigations.

I’m always worried that after reading an authors debut that the follow up may not live up to its predecessor. With Outside Looking In, Michael Wood need not worry! A well plotted, thrilling and fast paced read, I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

FULL REVIEW (I know!!) to follow on July 8th! 

If you haven’t already, you need to read Michael’s books!

There will be all this gushing and more on the blog tour but I just had to rave now!!!

Outside Looking In is out now!!! #allthestars 

Blog Tour- For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood

Super excited to be the first stop on the blog tour for Michael’s For Reasons Unknown. Blogsquad may or may not have pressured him into it, but only because we loved the book and wanted to share it far and wide! 🙂 Here’s the blog tour schedule!

 

I’m lucky enough to get to post my review AND give you an excerpt from For Reasons Unknown too.

 
About the author:

 
Michael Wood is a freelance journalist and proofreader living in Sheffield. As a journalist he has covered many crime stories throughout Sheffield, gaining first-hand knowledge of police procedure. He also reviews books for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to crime fiction.

 
About the book:



Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…
A darkly compelling debut crime novel. The start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and James Oswald.

DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda’s case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…


My thoughts:



Where to start?!

First off, I loved this book. I read so many crime books that at times they all run into each other but every so often a book comes along with a story that stands out. For Reasons Unknown did just that.

DCI Darke (what a name by the way!) is back to work after some traumatic events in both her personal and professional life. Clearly not 100%, she is tasked with solving a cold case from twenty years ago. The double murder of Miranda and Stefan Harkness, whose murder was witnessed by their eleven year old son and in turn, rendered him mute.
Simultaneously, acting DCI Hales is investigating a murder in the city. Both past and present cases end up related so it becomes a race against time as it appears that the murderer may not be finished. While I saw this coming, I still enjoyed the way it was going.
I really enjoyed the pace of this story, and I found myself reading at every opportunity (including in the car even though it makes me sick!!! I had 6% left to read!! 😄) as I was enjoying it so much. Hence I had it finished fairly quickly!
As I was nearing the end, I think from about 70% on, my brain starting working everything out! Having said that, I think the author has created an intricate web in a larger story which really comes into its own in the last few chapters. That’s where things really get going, in my opinion.
Now that I’m finished, I feel like I have a book hangover. I don’t get that very often! 🙂
I have recommended this book to people already, and I will recommend it again as I genuinely loved it! Usually on Twitter, so I’m sorry Michael for all the @@@!! 🙂 (@Bibliophilebc if you fancy following)
I gave For Reasons Unknown 5 ⭐️ on Goodreads (a rarity but it does happen! 😉).

BUY YOUR COPY HERE!

Happy reading! 😊📖

Excerpt from For Reasons Unknown:


                                                       Prologue 

It could have been any sitting room in any house throughout the country but it wasn’t. It was a room in the middle of South Yorkshire Police HQ, designed to give a relaxed, homely atmosphere. From the outside, it looked friendly and inviting, but if walls could talk they would tell a different story. Here, parentless children were comforted; victims of rape and sexual abuse were given tea and sympathy; and elderly victims of brutal crimes were consoled by fresh-faced WPCs with soothing tones and a never-ending supply of tissues.

Sitting on the floor was a blond, blue-eyed eleven-year-old boy dressed in a grey tracksuit that didn’t belong to him. He was surrounded by blank sheets of paper and an array of wax crayons, coloured pencils, and felt-tip pens. Squatting next to him was a young PC, who, against orders from his superiors, had not changed out of uniform. The door opened and in walked Dr Sally McCartney. Unlike the PC, she had softened her appearance. Gone were the severe ponytail and conservative jacket. She had removed her glasses and suffered the anxiety of touching her eyes to put in contact lenses. She shot the PC a look of indignation. He could have at least taken off his uniform jacket. ‘Hello Jonathan,’ she said. The young boy didn’t look up from his drawings. ‘My name is Sally. I’ve come to have a chat with you if that’s all right?’ He continued to scribble on the paper. Sally McCartney knelt down to his level and looked over his shoulder. He had drawn a house and was colouring in a large tree next to it. ‘Is this your house?’ Jonathan nodded. ‘It’s very nice. That’s a lovely tree too. Do you climb it?’ No reply. ‘Which room is yours?’ He pointed to the top right window with the blue curtains, then went back to colouring in the tree. ‘Is the room next to yours your brother’s?’ He nodded again.

‘Jonathan, we’ve been looking for your brother but we can’t seem to find him. Do you know where he might be?’ Jonathan stopped drawing and looked up as if in thought. He looked across to Dr McCartney and fixed her with an expressionless stare, then returned his attention back to his drawing. ‘Jonathan, we need to find your brother. It’s very important. Do you know any of his friends?’ The door opened and Detective Sergeant Pat Campbell popped her head into the room. She looked haggard, having been on duty for more than twenty hours. She signalled for Dr McCartney to join her in the corridor. ‘Why didn’t that PC change out of his bloody uniform as I told him to?’ she asked before the DS could speak. ‘I don’t know. He should have done.’

The DS sighed and looked to the ceiling. ‘Has the boy said anything?’ ‘Not yet.’ ‘It is paramount we find his brother.’ ‘I heard that his mother was still alive. How is she?’ ‘I don’t know where you heard that from. Both parents were pronounced dead at the scene. They were hacked to death.’ ‘Jesus. Well he doesn’t need to know any of that. Not now at any rate.’ ‘We’ve managed to locate a relative in Newcastle. She’s coming straight down, but it’ll be a few hours before she gets here. Look, whatever happened in that house, he saw it, or at least heard it, and I need to know.’ ‘I’m aware of that.’ Pat Campbell looked over the doctor’s shoulder, through the narrow glass window in the door, and into the room at the young boy drawing as if nothing extraordinary had happened.

‘How does he seem?’ ‘He’s in a complete shutdown, which isn’t uncommon. When it comes to anything traumatic sometimes our brain takes time to come to terms with it and until it does, it shuts down. It’s a self-preservation thing.’ ‘So he’ll soon come out of… whatever this is, and be able to tell us what happened?’ ‘In theory, yes.’ ‘Why only in theory?’ ‘Depending on what he saw his brain may not want him to remember.’ ‘Bloody hell,’ Campbell said, leaning back against the wall for support. ‘What’s with the drawings?’ ‘It’s a way of helping young children come to terms with what they’ve witnessed. Whatever they draw is usually an indication of what’s going on in their heads. Hopefully it will help to understand what went on in that house, and then we can take our therapy from there.’ ‘And what’s he drawn so far?’ ‘He’s drawn his house with a tree next to it.’ ‘Does that tell you anything significant?’

‘Not yet,’ she half smiled. ‘It’s early days. He’s clearly looking at what happened from the outside. If his next drawing is also a house, I’ll ask him about the inside and see what he draws when I talk about the rooms in the house.’ Pat shook her head. ‘My God, the mind is a powerful thing isn’t it? I don’t envy your job.’ There was nothing the doctor could say to that. There were times she didn’t envy her job either. ‘Is there any chance of getting him in some of his own clothes? That sodding tracksuit stinks.’ ‘I’ll get something brought over from the house.’ ‘And how about a glass of milk and some chocolate?’ ‘Whatever you want.’ ‘Thank you.’ She turned and went back into the room. Jonathan had drawn two adults, a child, and was currently on a second child: his family. Dr McCartney bent down next to him and watched him draw in the details: the hair, the clothes, the eyes, the smiles. He then picked up a red felt-tip and with a forceful action that caused the doctor and PC to jump, he scribbled all over the picture. He didn’t stop until his mother, father, and brother were completely covered in blood.

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Now! If that opener doesn’t make you want to read For Reasons Unknown then I don’t know what will! Definitely one of my books of the year! 🙂

Thanks to Michael for letting me be a part of the blog tour (like I was giving him a choice 😂) and for being the first stop on what will no doubt be a fun blog tour! 😊