‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both’
It feels like a normal Friday evening before Karl and his daughter Leah are ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. At knife point, Karl is forced to make an impossible choice. Stay and die, or walk away from Leah and take this thug’s word that they both will live.
Should Karl trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?
It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.
DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience before more victims are forced to make their choice.
What a choice! What a heinous crime – ‘leave your daughter with me or I will kill you both’. Honestly, what would you do? Its an impossible situation and DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen are back trying to solve this one. A killer is targeting victims but forcing their loved ones to make an impossible choice, leaving them weighed down with guilt for the decision they made.
I reviewed The Burning Men by Will Shindler last February, the first in the Finn and Paulsen crime series and I rated it highly, you can read my review here. As with its predecessor this book did not disappoint. A strong and comprehensive plot with a nasty crime at its heart sets up the story. Based in London the team have various strands to their investigation and these serve to form interesting sub plots.
The author skillfully built the story while the reader followed DI Finn as he led the investigation, grappling with his own personal issues; a strength for me of crime series is the familiarisation with the key characters and Finn and Paulson both have interesting back stories. I particularly enjoyed the way the investigation progressed, what appeared to be an impossible to solve crime with no leads was stringently processed, exploring all avenues of inquiry and gradually joining the dots. The pressure was tangible as the team raced to solve the crime, mindful of further killings and seeking to manage the intense media scrutiny, whilst also supporting the bereaved and traumatised family. I liked the way the story encompassed various aspects of the police procedures.
I was pleased to have ‘solved’ aspects of this, prior to the reveal but by no means all and the book, a gripping read through to the end, concluded well. Once again Will Shindler has produced a very strong and entertaining crime story, confirming this series as a must read for fans of this genre. If you like M J Arlidge and Helen Fields, check out this series if you haven’t already… but remember start at the beginning.
This is a blogtour so huge thanks to Jenny at Hodder for inviting me to be involved and providing me with a finished copy of the book. I am delighted to be opening this tour but do check out what others are saying and the book is available to buy from 11th February.
About the Author
Will Shindler has been a broadcast journalist for the BBC for over twenty-five years, spending a decade working in television drama as a scriptwriter on Born and Bred, The Bill and Doctors. His time on these leading prime time dramas has given him a rich grounding in authentic police procedure, powerful character development and gripping narratives. He currently combines reading the news on BBC Radio London with writing crime novels and has previously worked as a television presenter, a sports reporter for BBC Radio Five Live, and one of the stadium presenters at the London Olympics. He is the writer of The Burning Men and The Killing Choice.