Before Its Too Late by Sara Driscoll

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About the book:

Somewhere in the Washington, D.C., area, a woman lies helpless in a box. Beneath the earth. Barely breathing. Buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman’s abductor. He wants to play a game with them: decipher the clues, find the grave, save the girl. The FBI’s top cryptanalysts crack the code and Special Agent Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, scramble to the scene of the crime. Cryptic clues lead them astray and by the time they solve the puzzle, it’s too late. But the killer’s game is far from over . . .

Soon another message arrives. Another victim is taken, and the deadly pattern is repeated—again and again. Each kidnapping triggers another desperate race against time, each with the possibility of another senseless death. That’s when Meg decides to try something drastic. Break the Bureau’s protocol. Bring in her brilliant sister, Cara, a genius at word games, to decipher the kidnapper’s twisted clues. Meg knows she’s risking her career to do it, but she’s determined not to let one more person die under her and Hawk’s watch. If the plan fails, it could bite them in the end. And if it leads to the killer, it could bury them forever . . .

Out now, click HERE to get your copy!

My thoughts:

I am delighted to be sharing my review for Before It’s Too Late by Sara Driscoll today, especially as it’s publication day! Having read and enjoyed the first book, Lone Wolf (read that review HERE), I was thrilled to be asked to read and review the second in the series.

In Before It’s Too Late, we are back with Meg and Hawk as they are tasked with investigating a perpetrator that uses coded messages and mind games that leave Meg and her team in a race against the clock to find the victims before they die.

I am a huge fan of American-based crime thrillers, and these books definitely satisfy my appetite. Packed with action, a wonderful cast of characters and plenty to keep my mind working overtime, Before It’s Too Late has everything I look for.

I don’t want to go into detail on the plot. It is so well written, evokes emotion in the reader and it is fraught with tension so that every turn of the page left me wondering what was going to happen next.

The characters are all brilliant. Yes, that includes the perpetrator of the crimes. Horrendous as they are, it’s still really interesting to read about them and their motives. Meg and her team have a great camaraderie in this book. We also get a little more input from her sister, Cara, and Clay McCord, a reporter. I love the K-9 aspect too, as it isn’t something you read about too often.

Before It’s Too Late is a great read. It is full of action and it will definitely keep you turning the pages!

Highly recommended!

~Blog Tour Ellen’s Review~ The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook

Hi everyone,

Today is Ellen’s turn to take part in the blog tour for The Kindred Killers, and I’ll be sharing her review with you in a bit, but here’s the all-important bookish information first!

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About the book:

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?

After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

Get your copy HERE!

About the author:

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/?fref=ts

https://www.grahamsmithauthor.com/

https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972?lang=en-gb

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1491159376&sr=8-1

Ellen’s Review:

Watching the Bodies was one of my top reads of 2017 so I jumped at the chance to review the next in this new series from Graham Smith! It was fantastic to get reacquainted with Jake Boulder and his particular brand of law enforcement.

Jake is really pushed to the limits this time when he is involved in a spate of what appear to be hate crimes in his hometown. The first of these are close to home as the victims are relatives of Alfonse; Jake’s friend and sometime business partner. Now I’m a pretty hard-core reader when it comes to gruesome deaths and torture but even my stomach of steel rolled at some of the murder methods described. It was a difficult read in places but only highlighted what is sadly occurring in the world right now to some extent and I think we all need a dose of reality with our fiction to keep it current.

 

In The Kindred Killers we get a little more understanding of how Jake is made up thanks to his psychologist Dr Edwards; I loved their relationship and how Dr Edwards traded his insight on the case with Jake in return for answers on his personal issues. It was also nice to see Jake finally (possibly,maybe!?) settling down with someone, much to the chagrin of book bloggers around the world who hold him dear as their fictional love interest!

 

Although this is the second in the series it could be read as a standalone but why deny yourself the joy of Jake!? Five shiny stars from me and I look forward to the next!

Make sure to catch up with the blog tour:

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~Blog Tour Review~ The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith @GrahamSmith1972 @Bloodhoundbook

Hi everyone,

Thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The Kindred Killers today, and I’ll be sharing my review with you in a bit, but here’s the all-important bookish information first!

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About the book:

Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.

With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?

After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?

About the author:

A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/?fref=ts

https://www.grahamsmithauthor.com/

https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972?lang=en-gb

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Smith/e/B006FTIBBU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1491159376&sr=8-1

My thoughts:

The Kindred Killers is the second installment in the Jake Boulder series, and dare I say, even better than Watching The Bodies. Something about this one got under my skin from the get go and I genuinely could not put it down.

In this book, Boulder is tasked with helping Alfonse, whose cousin was found crucified and burned alive along with his wife and kids. This horriffic crime seems to only be the beginning though. What follows is a speight of crimes that, though heinous and horriffic, are not gratuitous in their depictions. I found myself feeling anxious for Boulder with every new report because he just couldn’t catch a break in terms of evidence and catching whoever was responsible.

I’m not going to go into the plot any more than that. But I urge you, if you are looking for clever, well-plotted American crime writing with a thrilling edge, then this book (let’s be honest, the series!) should be on your list.

These books are pure escapism, in the best way possible. The Kindred Killers has it all. It is packed to the rafters with action, has a male lead that could stand proudly with the Reachers and the John Miltons of the world, and plenty of heart to boot.

Highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

Watching the Bodies by Graham Smith

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~COVER REVEAL~ Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

OMG YOU GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYS!!!!! Have I got an awesome cover reveal for you today 🙂

With thanks of course, to the publishing powerhouse that is Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for trusting me with this beaut!

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Not only have I got a cover reveal for you all, but I have a GIVEWAY too! Matt has got ONE ticket for his event at BLOODY SCOTLAND to give to one lucky person. More details on that at the end of the post!!!! 

*Ideally though, this prize would suit somebody who is planning on attending the festival.*

 

If you follow me on Twitter, chances are you’ve seen me rave about Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories (read that review HERE) more than once. So you can imagine my sheer joy to hear that a) my fave goth black heart buddy has a new book coming out, and b) I get the pleasure of sharing the cover with you all!!! 🙂

Who wants to know a little about Matt?! 

Here he is, modelling this seasons Moody Lucifer look…*

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*I’m sorry. I’m actually not sorry, because I LOVE this photo an I am just super GIDDY to be sharing this awesome Orenda stuff!

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller Six Stories was an Amazon best seller in the US, UK, Australia and Canada.

And here’s some need-to-know info about Hydra….

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west
of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother,
father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked
attack known as the ‘Macleod Massacre’. Now incarcerated at a
medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one
but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose ‘Six Stories’
podcasts have become an internet sensation.
King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case,
interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether
Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal
team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust
into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the
mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far
beyond the delusions of a murderess…
Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery
and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places
you may never, ever want to see again.

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? I genuinely cannot wait for Hydra. It sounds like such a creepy book, so I’ll be reading it with the lights on for sure!

Do you want to see the cover?! Have I made you wait long enough yet?!

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How about now?? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAAAAAAAAY….. I guess its only fair to share the #booklove… Take a look at this absolutely chilling cover for Hydra….

 

 

 

 

 

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You guys see what I’m seeing right?! That eye?! CREEP FACTOR!!!! But I love it. It’s not even my book and yet I can’t stop looking at it!

Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to know when its out and how can you buy a copy right!? Well you’re in luck!

Published by Orenda Books on January 15th 2018, you can click the link below to pre-order your copy!

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Matt, you absolute legend. I wish you every success and more with Hydra.

 


 

GIVEAWAY

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING A TICKET TO MATT WESOLOWSKI’S EVENT ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AT BLOODY SCOTLAND (BROCHURE HERE) , ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST.  IT IS THAT SIMPLE! 

*WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM

*COMPETITION CLOSES AT 6PM ON WEDNESDAY THE 6TH OF SEPTEMBER, WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED BY 10PM 6/9/17 AND DULY CONTACTED

*WINNER MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT IN SCOTLAND ON 10/9/17

 

 

The Dark Beneath by J. S. Law~ Mini Review

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About the book:

A sailor is found dead on board a Navy submarine. 

Although it’s ruled a suicide, fearless star of the Special Investigations Branch, Lieutenant Dani Lewis, knows the man’s wife was found brutally murdered only days before. Now she must enter the confines of HMS Tenacity and interrogate the tight-knit, male-only crew to determine if there’s a link.

Trapped deep in the ocean – the only woman on board with a possible killer in tow – the pressure will rise quickly for Dani Lewis. And she may need to choose between the truth and her own survival if she’s to make it out alive.

Click the link below to get your copy:

The Dark Beneath by J. S. Law

About the author:

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J.S. Law joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority of that time spent in the Submarine Service. He rose through the ranks, taking a commission as an engineering officer in 2001, and serving as a Senior Engineer and Nuclear Reactor Plant Supervisor, where his responsibilities ranged from the safety and operation of the submarine’s nuclear power plant to hydraulic plants, fridges and toilets; it was the latter of these tasks that brought the majority of any pressure.
His final years in service were spent training future submariners in his role of Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Reactor Engineering.
Having written short stories and novels throughout his naval career, James completed an MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University shortly before leaving the navy in 2013, completing his debut novel, Tenacity, shortly afterwards.
James lives in Hampshire with his wife, Elaine, and two children. He spends what spare time he has riding his bike around the South Downs and travelling to Edinburgh to watch Scotland play rugby at Murrayfield stadium.

My thoughts:

The Dark Beneath, previously marketed as Tenacity by J. S. Law has been on my radar (no pun intended) since it was first released, but I hadn’t gotten around to buying it until recently! Having heard that there was a second instalment coming featuring Dan Lewis (The Fear Within), it was high time I bought this. I’m a huge thriller fan, and I love all things nautical/naval, so I had a feeling this would be one I’d enjoy. Couple that with the RAVE reviews from bookish friends, I had a feeling I’d enjoy it. And I wasn’t wrong.

In TDB, we meet Dan, a naval officer. In the prologue, she is face to face with a colleague, who also happens to be a killer. In the wake of the investigation, Dan is publicly shamed and denounced by her peers when a paper she has written is leaked. Fast forward to 2014, she is called on to investigate the apparent suicide of a naval officer, whose wife had been found murdered, on board Tenacity, a naval submarine. 

I’m not going to say any more about the plot because you NEED to read this book for yourself. Law’s writing is superb, and attention to detail is second to none.  I really enjoyed learning more about Naval protocols, and most especially about the submarine itself. I am a big fan of all things nautical, so The Dark Beneath was a no -brainer for me as regards reading it.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dan is a great female lead and I look forward to catching up with her in the next book. A cracking plot, one of the best prologues I’ve read in a long time and excellent characterisation means this book is just all kinds of great!

Highly recommended!

Mini Book Reviews from Mount TBR!

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The Grisha: Shadow and Bone: Book 1 by Leigh Bardugo 

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

This is the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo, but definitely not the last.  I had this one read in just a couple of sittings as I was absolutely hooked from the outset. The Grisha books are widely known so it had been on my radar for a while and I was delighted to find a copy recently. I’m not gonna summarise the plot or anything; the synopsis is all you need to know. Bloody loved it. These books are probably marketed at teens but I’m not ashamed to say I really enjoyed it and I’m currently waiting (impatiently!!!) for book 2 in the series to come to my local library! Excellent world-building, a great cast of characters and a super fun plot made this one a cracking read.

Highly recommended for sure!

The Grisha: Shadow and Bone: Book 1 by Leigh Bardugo

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns & Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

It probably seems like I’m on a YA kick with these reviews, and I guess I am a little, because I’ve just started the second book in the series! I’ve had ACOTAR on my TBR for a loooooong time and I’m on a bit of a break from review books at the moment, so it was high time I picked this one up. These books are addictive, like seriously! I can see how people go mad for this fandom, because its safe to say I am probably going to lump myself in there by the time I get them all read.

Feyre, bless her, she’s a bit naïve for someone who seems so tough but I really like her as a character. Even with all of the cringey love-y stuff (Not my thing at all, I prefer hatred! Haha!) As with Bardugo, there is decent world-building in Maas’s books as well. I think its another super fun YA series, and I am definitely liking how its going so far!

Highly recommended, especially if , like me you’ve been stuck in one genre for too long!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do anything, but you can’t fake a thought.”

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here.

I cannot review this properly without giving away anything so this one will be very short! I read this one in a day, and it left me with more questions than answers. In saying that though, it is an exceptionally clever novel. It is short, but its also extremely powerful in terms of content. It is unsettling, creepy and suspenseful pretty much the whole way through. It seems to be divisive going by some of the reviews I’ve seen, but give it a chance. I would say read it, and then read it again.

Highly recommended.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Review~ Rubicon by Ian Patrick and Author Q&A!

About the book:

Two cops, both on different sides of the law – both with the same gangland boss in their sights.

Sam Batford is a corrupt undercover officer with the Metropolitan Police who will stop at nothing to get his hands on fearsome crime-lord Vincenzo Guardino’s drug supply.

DCI Klara Winter runs a team on the National Crime Agency, she’s also chasing down Guardino, but unlike Sam Batford she’s determined to bring the gangster to justice and get his drugs off the streets.

Set in a time of austerity and police cuts where opportunities for corruption are rife, Rubicon is a tense, dark thriller that is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Published by Fahrenheit Press, you can get your copy here.

About the author:

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Educated in Nottingham, Ian left school at sixteen. After three years in the Civil Service he moved to London for a career in the Metropolitan Police.

He spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes.

Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

 

I spent many of my, younger, years travelling as my father was in the forces. My secondary education was in Nottingham where I scraped through the education system and left school at sixteen. After a short spell in the Civil Service I moved to London, aged nineteen, for a career in the Metropolitan Police. I spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command. I had a varied career mainly investigating sexual offences within Operation Sapphire, child protection and, pro-active, paedophile investigations. I retired as a detective sergeant. I now live in rural Scotland with my family enjoying life by the beach!

 

How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

 

I’ve written for fun for over twenty years. A life in policing is a life of writing! I had never considered turning my hand to novel writing until a few years ago. Rubicon is my second book, I have another one down, but unsure whether it will see the light of day.

 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

Life. I have seen so many sides to the human psyche that it became impossible for stories to cease arising in my head.

 

How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your book?

Raw. I seem to have found a voice that I enjoy writing in and wish to develop this as far as I can. I don’t dwell on unnecessary description. I know readers want concise language not words for words sake. As a reader it’s something I notice, so figured my writing would reflect that. I also like a book to keep me gripped. It’s my hope my writing will achieve this goal, but I will have to await the response from those reading it!

 

Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?

 

I have a love hate with social media. I have returned to Twitter after deleting an old account that just seemed to draw me in too much and detracted me from writing. This is a personal thing though. I tend to operate in extremes and need to find a middle way with it. I really enjoyed being back on Twitter for publication day and it’s great connecting with readers here. It has to help in drumming up publicity but I do believe in moderation and not ramming your book down people’s timeline every few tweets. That becomes tedious and unnecessary.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

 

I have been in public service since I was sixteen and see this as another branch of it. The best thing for me is that I can, hopefully, give people a break from everyday life and immerse them in a decent read. We all need space every now and then to just enter an alternative world.

 

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

 

I haven’t found one yet! Being an author is a privilege and I feel very humbled to have the chance to be one.

 

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

 

Great question! One of my old DCI’s asked the same thing when I was accepted onto a child murder, investigative, team. I was always looking at the next way I could develop as a detective and I wish to see how much I can develop my writing over this time. It’s a major achievement to be taken on by Fahrenheit Press. If I can still be with this publisher in five years time then I’ve done very well as he doesn’t take on poor writing regardless of whether you’re an author with him or not.

 

What’s next for you?

 

I’m working on the next Batford novel and at the editing stage of a first draft.

 

I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?

 

You can’t write unless you voraciously read. I read a book a week and that’s voracious enough for me. I read across genres although I draw the line at romance! I love books that make you want to invest your time in connecting with the pages. If I don’t like a book I’ll stop reading it. I’m not one for carrying on in the hope it gets better. I love books by Cormac McCarthy, Ed McBain, Phillip K Dick and George Orwell. Sven Hassel was my favourite author as a youth. I read Epiphany Jones by Mike Grothaus, recently, and really enjoyed his writing.

 

Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy followed by Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

 

Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

 

The Road. An incredible book that evokes fear, and anxiety, with every page. A superb example of human struggle and love. McCarthy defies convention in the way he writes. Be your own voice.

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

 

I have a young family so they’re a priority. We have a springer spaniel that requires a significant amount of attention too! We live on the coast so walks are a joy.

 

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

 

I’m passionate about photography so indulge in this whenever I get the opportunity. I never leave the house without my camera; it’s become a part of me.

 

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

 

I loved going to Bali. Such a beautiful place, and full of culture. I can recommend Scotland too.

 

Favourite food?

 

At the moment it’s the venison meatballs at The Clachan Inn in Dalry.

 

Favourite drink?

 

Coffee!

 

Last but not least, why writing? Why not something else?

 

I had to retire from policing due to a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy. This is a rare, degenerative, disease that affects the muscles. Aside from mobility problems it comes with fatigue and pain that can mean a day in bed. At these times I found that if I didn’t have a decent book to read, the pain was worse. You’re focused on the pain and not distracted by words. I chose to write in the hope that my writing will provide some escape for those having a bad day and just want to escape into another world and spend some time there.

*Huge thanks to Ian for answering my questions! 🙂


My thoughts:

I don’t know where to start with this review to be honest. I’ve written and deleted it more than once. Not because I didn’t enjoy Rubicon, but because I couldn’t put the bloody book down once I started it, I was hooked!

Rubicon is quite a book. It is dark, gritty and packed with action. The main characters, Sam Batford and Klara Winter are like chalk and cheese, so I really enjoyed their brief interludes during the course of the story. Both after the same thing, but for wildly different reasons, their story arc was really fun to read!

Batford is an undercover officer, corrupt as you like, and not one bit sorry. This attitude translates really well into his story as it makes him almost a bit of a lad, in terms of his cockiness and general devil-may-care approach to certain things. He’s a bit of a renegade, let’s be honest, but he is also my favourite part of the story!

I really enjoyed reading Rubicon, not least because the author’s previous experience in this line of work really shines through, but also because it’s not my usual kind of crime read. I tend not to read these gangland-y (not a word, I know!) books but I am SO glad I got to read this little gem.

Ian Patrick has a great writing style. Short, pacy chapters mean you’re constantly turning the page to see what the hell Batford is going to do next, and because he’s a bit of an asshole, you know he’ll be up to no good. Can’t wait to see where the author takes us with his next one.

Highly recommended!