Die Alone by Simon Kernick

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The final book in the Bone Field trilogy starts with Ray Mason, a ex-policeman, in prison awaiting trial for murder. What becomes clear very quickly is that Mason is a wanted man with several bounties on his head because of his actions in the Bone Field killings several years beforehand. Mason is unexpectedly broken out by a group claiming to be MI6 and is offered a new identity if he kills Alastair Sheridan, a member of parliament, who is also a serial killer. Yet, Sheridan is highly likely to become Britain’s next Prime Minister. What follows is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse that never loses its frantic pace.

Mason is a fascinating main character as he is a good man with a strong sense of morality and justice but is now a killer. He promised justice for the parents of Sheridan’s first victim and this is what drives him. Yet, it is also what gets him into further trouble. He also brings Tina Boyd, an ex-cop, into danger. Tina is an incredibly well-written and intelligent character and the relationship between the two is fascinating and central to the book.

Sheridan is a truly terrifying character and a fitting enemy for Mason and Boyd. He is charismatic and appears to have the perfect life, having climbed the political and social ladders. Yet, underneath this facade, he is a sadistic killer and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He also has plenty of enemies who want to help Mason in his mission to stop Sheridan.

The most striking aspect of the book is its pace which is gripping and incredibly fast throughout. This pace is maintained throughout through narrative shifts between Mason’s, Tina’s and Sheridan’s perspectives. It’s incredibly well written and plotted throughout. Like any good thriller, we are given a real sense of good and evil and the chase between them. It gives us a very stark view of the British criminal underbelly. The early prison chapters are particularly effective as they are gritty and are a perfect introduction to the type of character and world of the book.

Although the book is the third in a series, it works incredibly well as a standalone. It’s the first of Kernick’s books I’ve read and I really wish I had read the previous books before this yet I thoroughly enjoyed it nevertheless. It’s a fantastic novel about the dangers of retribution, especially for those whom the justice system has failed. I also liked the political aspect of the book as Sheridan is seen as an untouchable figure because of his social and political standing, a trait of contemporary life that we are all questioning today.

The book is incredibly fast paced and intelligently written, yet it’s also a very quick and easy read, which is a very hard dichotomy to achieve.

Kindle edition, 396 pages
Publication: November 28th 2019 by Penguin Books UK

About the author

253943Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon’s big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man’s Gift and One By One. Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Counter Terrorism Command and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.

 

The Six by Luca Veste

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It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.

In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …

Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay? Continue reading

The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar

43297534._UY400_SS400_Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Continue reading

In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter

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The first book in a gripping new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate.

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area is in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying… Continue reading

The Night You Left by Emma Curtis

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When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?

As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . . Continue reading

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

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Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges on-screen, kills her, and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

PAUSE

Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t—not until she’s found what she’s looking for …

REWIND

Psycho meets Fatal Attraction in this explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking … Continue reading