Published: Red Dog Press
Published: 14 November
Intense, Addictive and Deliciously Dark
Firstly many thanks to the publisher for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and for sending a copy of the book.
Synopsis : Who will heed the call when Death comes whispering? Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end ofthat night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory. DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide? As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macabre puppet show? As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces beginto fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out of the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings. A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too…
Having read A Wash of Black (a standout debut) I was eager to read this and boy am I glad I did.
The opening prologue sets the tone and gives the reader a sense of what will follow, here the author certainly knows how to grab the readers attention to ensure that you have to keep on reading.
You have here a wonderfully formatted police procedural, with an emphasis to the darker side, the story is sprinkled with a few red herrings to keep the reader second guessing themselves. The book itself though is all about the plot and the characters and revenge.
Having read the authors previous book it is obvious the author knows how to write characters with real feeling and depth each with their own personalities and traits. Erika Piper is definitely someone not be messed with, strong and fearless, however we are also introduced to a warmer and more sensitive side and at times a certain vulnerability.
The plotting and pace of the story belie the fact that this is the authors second book, Chris McDonald knows how to craft and plot a story guaranteed to keep the reader gripped and entertained. The book also knows how to play on ones emotions and heart strings, an emotional roller coaster.
Without giving anything away the plot itself is cleverly constructed and superbly brought to life on the pages, as the body count rises so does the tension as you race to reach the finale. The book also deals with tough topics, however, deals with these in a sympathetic way and does not over glorify them, dark yes, twisty absolutely, gruesome you bet. The ending is sublime
A Word of warning once started you will find it hard to put down
Whenever you read a new author you never know quite what to expect and to be honest I didn’t expect to read two novels of such intense quality, for me Chris McDonald is one of 2020s standout crime authors. After over 50 years of reading I like to think I know great crime fiction when I read it and this is that.
Highly recommend, book 3 can’t come quick enough
Author biography:Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not bethe best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs. Whispers in the Dark is the second installment in the DI Erika Piper series.