Delighted to host today's Blog Tour stop on Publication Day
|Welbeck Publishing Group|
15 October 2020
My thanks to edpr for my copy of this book
and the invitation to the blog tour
What did I think about it..
City of Ghosts gets off to a dramatic start with the discovery of five frozen corpses on a remote railway line, and for state militia cop, Revol Rossel, the search is on to discover a killer, or killers, whose modus operandi is decidedly gruesome. Setting this rather bleak story amidst the brutal Soviet regime of the 1950s lends a shadowy and dangerous air of menace to what is a tightly packed crime thriller.
Rossel is an interesting protagonist, his chequered past haunts him and whilst this lends an air of mystery, it also creates within him a sense of vulnerability making his character all the more susceptible to hurt. There's a lot of tense action in the novel and from the offset it's apparent that there is more to the discovery of the five corpses than at first appears and it would seem that Rossel is thwarted at every part of the investigation. Uncovering the truth isn't going to be easy for him especially when he gets drawn into vivid reminders of parts of his past which cause him great distress.The tension mounts as the story progresses and as Rossel starts to uncover a dreadful truth so the race is on to find the perpetrator.
City of Ghosts is a tightly written crime thriller which has all the necessary elements to keep you guessing. The post-war soviet uncertainty is captured well and the air of mistrust which affected daily life comes across with a genuine air of authenticity. I particularly enjoyed the musical references, the reasons for which become apparent as the story progresses.
Whenever I know the story has been written by a duo of writers I try to pinpoint individual writing styles and I am pleased to say that in City of Ghosts the writing is seamless and I didn't notice any alterations in style, or pace, throughout the whole of the story. City of Ghosts in the first book in a proposed trilogy.
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