Friday 9 April 2021

πŸ“– Publication Day Book Review ~ Scare Me to Death by C J Carver


πŸ“– Happy Publication Day πŸ“– 

Bloodhound Books
9 April 2021

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book

A homemade bomb exploded mid-air, killing 214 people on board. Thirteen people survived.

Sixteen years later one of the survivors is found brutally bludgeoned to death. It looks like a crime of passion but DC Lucy Davies knows something is wrong. They were trying to find the bombers.

Lucy’s search for the killer brings her into conflict with her long lost father – who has his own secrets. Dangerous secrets which Lucy must expose so she can confront a vicious murderer with only one thing on their mind.

To keep on killing to stop the truth from getting revealed.

My thoughts..

A bomb explodes mid-air killing most of those on board flight EG220 in Morocco, and for the thirteen survivors, life will never be the same again. Sixteen years later one of the survivors is found dead in brutal circumstances which, once again, opens up the air disaster to scrutiny, not just as part of a murder investigation but there are also personal reasons why retired MI5 agent Dan Forrester is involved along with DC Lucy Davies who has been attached to the investigative team in London.

The story moves along at a cracking pace, moving effortlessly, at times, between London and Morocco, with some interesting interludes in between which keep you guessing. There is much to take in and this complex investigation has more than enough twists and turns which help to build up the tension. I enjoyed how the story wasn't all about a murder investigation although that is central to the story there were other sections which explain the complexity of both Lucy and Dan's rather complicated personalities. They are both rather maverick, and more inclined to work better alone rather than part of a team, but this compliments, rather than compromises the way the plot develops.

Those who have read the previous books in the Forrester series will be well acquainted with Forrester and Davies, so their complex relationship will come as no surprise, however, it is perfectly possible to read Scare Me to Death with no prior knowledge of what has gone before but, of course, as with all series, it is far better to start at the beginning in order to understand how the characters have grown and developed their personalities over time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed piecing together all the jigsaw puzzle pieces of Scare Me to Death and was gripped from the beginning as the story only grew stronger and more complex as it progressed. Cleverly crafted and expertly put together Scare Me To Death is an action packed adventure which enthralls from start to finish.

C J Carver was lucky enough to win the CWA Debut Dagger for her first novel Blood Junction, which was also shortlisted for the Barry Award. Since then, she has written a further fifteen novels, including Spare Me the Truth which was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award.

She began her writing career as a travel writer and is also an international rally driver (she  drove London to Saigon and London to Cape Town) which means she can write a pretty authentic car chase! Being half a Kiwi, C J Carver used to live in Australia, but now lives just outside of Bath.

Twitter @C_J_Carver


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