Written by Conrad Jones
Braddick is back.
Following a storm, a body is washed up on a beach, intricately wrapped in wire mesh.
DS Marcus Braddick is struck by the similarities to a triple murder case from 7 years before – A case that eluded his predecessor, Alec Ramsay.
Across the city, a teacher is accused online by a Predator hunting group. As his life unravels, a killer stalks the hunters.
Braddick and Ramsay have to work out how the two worlds are entwined and discover who are the innocent and who are the guilty before it’s too late…
Having heard lots of good things about this author’s writing, I was delighted to get the chance to read one for myself – and I was not disappointed!
When a body is washed up on the beach, the manner of death has similarities to a triple murder case from some years ago. At around the same time, a well-respected teacher, a family man without a blemish on his character, is accused by an online predator group of being a paedophile. Completely shocked, he protests his innocence but many of his contemporaries take the view that there’s no smoke without fire and within hours his life is turned upside down and inside out.
The novel follows three threads at the same time: the life of the teacher and the affect of the accusations against him, the police investigation into the dead body and the perpetrator of that crime – although we don’t know his identity. These strands are woven into a lively and gripping read and one which demands the complete attention of the reader. A stunning and intriguing read which, although the third in series, I can happily go back and read the first two as there is no reference to them.
Not only is the writing excellent and enticing, the plotting is terrifically intricate with some shocking twists and turns. There are some gritty and gruesome details but all pertinent to the plot and this is a novel I revelled in, and I’m certainly hoping to read much more by this author. Gobsmackingly good – and a prime example of how thorough murder investigations are and why you shouldn’t always believe everything you read in the media!
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for both my copy via NetGalley and for the invitation to participate in this blog tour. This is my honest, original, and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1339 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books
- Publication Date: 11 September 2018
- Purchase Links: Amazon UK
- Amazon US
Meet the Author
Conrad Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.
He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.