The Sinner by Martyn Waites

For my money one of todays foremost crime writers, always packs a punch

Format: Hardback.

Publisher: Zaffre

Out now

Following on from The Old Religion which for me was one the outstanding reads of last year, Martyn Waites brings us The Sinner which dare I say takes us to another level in chillingly exciting thrillers.

Here we find Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer approached to go under cover in a local prison to gain the confidence of a child killer and to find the whereabouts of where he has buried the bodies, however, this is not going to be a straightforward job as no one inside the prison service will be aware of his situation, as far as anyone is concerned he is just another con.

The story opens with a flashback to the past which gives us a glimpse into why Tom is now living under a new identity and sets the scene for what is to follow.

For Toms past is about to catch up to him and it isn’t long before he realises the dangers he is in. Fear turns into nightmares as Tom soon finds himself truly alone. Who can you trust?

What follows is a cat and mouse thriller of the highest concept, wonderfully inventive you can feel the fear and tension which grip Tom come to life on the pages, the quality of the writing leaves the reader with a terrific sense of realism.

The author has a way of bringing all the characters alive, you can believe in them all and the way they interact within the storyline,and that to me is an important element of any story, here I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of DC Blake strong and determined to succeed whatever it takes.

The pacing of the story is spot on and ratchets up at the right points to lead to a breathtaking finale.

The story is also in parts to do with the manipulation of people and the terrors which face them through the unknown.

Be prepared to be gripped from the outset, by a strong narrative, superb character interaction with plenty of heart, fear and emotion, this is a book which packs a mighty punch

For me this had a freshness and completely different feel to The Old Religion but is no less outstanding.

Martyn Waites is for me one of todays foremost crime writers and one whose new book I always await with eager relish, guaranteed to deliver a highly entertaining read, and I read for entertainment and pleasure.

This book deserves all the plaudits.

5*

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