This is the first book of Linda Coles that I've read but it won't be the last. The story is set in England and has a number of story lines that are blended in a wonderful way. It really isn't a mystery as we know from the start that there are serious problems in the family life of Detective Duncan Riley and his wife Sam. The dark web and opioid abuse become part of the story when we learn of Sam's issues with alcohol and prescription drugs. What causes a person to want their spouse dead? What lengths will a person go to in order to have this happen? This book was a great read! Sit down with a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits (cookies for us in the U.S.A.) and enjoy! I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems. This is my honest review.
This book like other books in this series have multiple stories going on. DS Amanda Lacey and DC Jack Rutherford stumble upon a drug selling operation that was conducted in food trucks and as they search for the possible person behind the food truck/dur peddling scheme they discover another crime that involves one of their own. DS Duncan Riley is getting tired of his wife not getting dressed, showered, cleaning, cooking or taking care of their girls properly. She was laid off from her job and she had fallen into a depression that only seemed to be helped with drugs and alcohol. Someone plots against Duncan and wants him dead. A hired hitman from the web is hired and the worlds of Amanda, Jack and Duncan interconnect as they try to figure out who the hitman was and who hired him. Lots of twists and turns and the ending will shock you. Great police procedural story that keeps you intrigued to find out what happens next. I received an ARC and I voluntarily revirwed this book.
I had never read Linda Cole's work until I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I can't wait to dive into the rest of her books. Set in England you have multiple stories going on in one book and she brings them all together beautifully. Missing children, a look at the opioid crisis, the dark web and how dangerous it can be, and the lives of police detectives and how all of this impacts not just their investigation but also their personal lives. I did not understand how the author would wrap everything up so completely but, it was great. I had one unanswered question but, hopefully that will be answered in the next book of hers I pick up.
I didn't want to put this book down, if I didn't have to I would have read it in one sitting. It is part of a series, you can read it as a stand alone, but in order to get a complete immersion you want to read all of them. It kept me enthralled throughout the book. I really enjoyed this book.. I was given a free copy in return for honest review.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. The characters are mostly law enforcement and each has their own strengths and weaknesses, making them incredibly interesting. Even the criminals who drift in and out of the story are extremely well-written. Set in Manchester, England, the plot pulls you in and doesn't want to let your attention wander. Told from multiple view points, this story is fast-paced and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and can definitely recommend it to you.
This is a very intriguing change for Linda Coles. Exploring the Dark Web with its various "criminal" sites will keep you on the edge of your seat. The addition of the Duncan Riley and developing his character is a welcomed addition to this series. I think the ending could be stronger, however, it does come as a surprise.
My favorite thrillers are ones where the detectives become personally compromised or threatened by the schemes at hand, and this one has that in spades. Sometimes there's just no leaving work at the office, and that's the case for Riley. If it wasn't for Amanda, I don't know what he'd do. This one was excellent. I received a copy for an honest review.