A gritty and atmospheric thriller with more twists and turns than a hangman’s knot.
Rachel Evans, a selfie queen and social media superstar went to school and never came home.
DI Alan Williams and his team launch a desperate investigation to find her. As the country is plunged into lockdown, the price of narcotics skyrockets, causing friction between rival dealers. As the bodycount rises, the investigation focuses on several teenagers, who are victims of Criminal Exploitation, used by organised crime families to sell drugs in rural areas.
Was Rachel involved or was her disappearance linked to something much darker.
Frightening, scarily real, brutal but addictive! A standalone novel by a gifted gritty crime thriller writer.
An Awesome, Cracking Thriller!
What an awesome read! I’ve barely been able to lift my eyes from this, it’s a superb thriller!
Rachel Evans is fourteen years old; like many teenage girls she has a social media profile and is always posting selfies so when she doesn’t come home from school one day, everyone thinks the worst. With the beginning of lockdown swinging into place, the drug supply chain has been interrupted and there is a rivalry going on between the major players, as well as the suspicion that County Lines has found it’s way onto Anglesey; can the detectives juggle all of this and solve the disappearance of Rachel?
What a rollercoaster ride this is! I’m not sure I’ve even encountered a crime thriller with so much happening – and all making perfect sense. I love that the readers aren’t privy to who was guilty of what; for me, that always makes a better book. I got so caught up in it all that at times I almost forgot about Rachel! Conrad Jones writes confidently producing a riveting read which kept me enthralled all the way through and I really enjoyed the last chapter tying it all up tightly. I did smile at the mention of the title of a novel being read – a lighter moment! A grand read, skilfully crafted and a very exciting novel to contemplate. The details about social media and how easy it it for others to access information will make every parent’s skin crawl and I can foresee a few youngsters getting the dangers spelled out to them. Definitely a novel for these strange times and an absolutely cracking read, worth every single one of the five shining stars I’m delighted to give it.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Book On The Bright Side for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 359 pages
- Publisher: Red Dragon Books
- Publication Date: 10 May 2020
- Links: Goodreads
Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I 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 I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.