Author: Mike Thomas
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Bombs detonate in a busy souk, causing massive devastation.
An explosion rips apart a mosque, killing and injuring those inside.
But this isn’t the Middle East – this is Cardiff . . .
In a city where tensions are already running high, DC Will MacReady and his colleagues begin the desperate hunt for the attacker. If they knew the ‘why’, then surely they can find the ‘who’? But that isn’t so easy, and time is fast running out . . .
MacReady is still trying to prove himself after the horrific events of the previous year, which left his sergeant injured and his job in jeopardy, so he feels sidelined when he’s asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman.
But all is not as it seems with his new case, and soon MacReady must put everything on the line in order to do what is right.
This is a smart, well-written thriller/crime novel which focuses on the topical issue of terrorism, specifically in Cardiff, and makes the reader think about attacks which seem to focus on the muslim population too, instead of just thinking of terrorism as something that is inflicted upon others by muslim extremists. It’s an interesting look at the way the police try to prevent and track down those who are likely to carry out terrorist attacks, or already have. There is another element to the storyline, in that a teenager has been killed in the midst of the most recent attack in Cardiff, but her death is being eclipsed by recent events, and it’s interesting to read how the police desperately appeal for information but it doesn’t gain anywhere near the coverage it would potentially have got, had it occurred at any other time.
I haven’t read the first in the DC Will MacReady series, Ash and Bones. Because of this, I’m not sure if it would be better to reads this one first, so you know most about the background of Will and his colleagues, but I found I understood it all well enough with having done so. I do always think it’s good to start at the beginning where possible, although I don’t feel it’s essential for enjoyment of this novel.
The pace is fast and exciting and the characters are all well crafted and interesting to read about – I liked Will MacReady, though he certainly had his faults, and enjoyed reading about his relationship with people such as his wife, work colleagues, and others Things certainly aren’t simple in his marriage! I imagine reading the previous novel would give more information on this.
Mike Thomas has crafted a gritty, realistic novel that is chilling and definitely packs a punch. It kept me wanting to read on from first page to last and didn’t release its grip on me until the very end!
Many thanks to Readers First for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.