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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2013
Downloaded Paul' first two books Stalkers and Sacrifice based on reviews. Just finished Stalkers and I was very impressed, its an excellent thriller, a real page turner.
I normally tend to stick with David Baldacci/James Patterson and Dan Brown for my Thrillers but I was pleased I tried this. Now looking forward to reading Sacrifice...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
Very good book. Not the nicest subject to write a thriller around, which I think is what adds to the quality. The characters are excellent, particulary liked 'Lauren' as a supporting character. Book reads well and keeps you interested and builds to the finale. If I'm being critical the was the story pans out and ends wasn't to my own personal taste (can't say too much without giving it away!) but thats the one area of the book that I think could maybe have been improved slightly.

Still very much worth a read though, got it for free but would happily pay for the next book (a prelude of which is at the end of this one and which seems will be very enjoyable too).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
This thriller rockets along at one heck of a pace, but it's a great read. The opening chapters in particular are really dark and frightening, the writing real edge of the seat suspense stuff... Paul Finch has created some of the very best villains I've read in a novel - the gang (I won't give the name away but it's very original and, given the context of the book, gruesome) are wholly believable and wholly horrible to their very core.
The hero of the piece, policeman "Heck", is a good character, very human, with human flaws and frailties - no super hero this guy, but a genuine, very real character.
My one complaint (and it's *tiny*) is that the title is a bit misleading - the plot is not really about stalkers or stalking - it's much darker and more disturbing than that.
The heroine of the tale was a touch too much for my tastes, a little over the top in parts - no shrinking violet that's for sure - but it did nothing to spoil the story.
The "twist in the tail" however, was absolutely superb - quite literally took my breath away!
You can tell Paul Finch has written for tv, the whole book could very easily be made into a movie or tv series, and he has great style and pace to his writing.
If you like your thrillers fast, furious and dark, you will LOVE this book.
Can't wait to read his others.
A cracking good read, with a terrific sting in the tail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
Mark `Heck' Henderson is investigating the disappearance of nearly 40 women and discovers the connection is they are being abducted to order by a very powerful gang. Heck is supported by a Lauren ex-services personnel and his boss Gemma Piper has another powerful role.

The action is powerful edge of your seat stuff, with lots of unexpected twists and with fast-paced fight scenes. Very filmic writing, this could easily transfer to the screen. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend. If I had any criticism it would be that the ending seemed to be a little premature. Still well worth 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
I found this book to be fantastic and really recommend this to anyone who likes criminal drama book's. Paul Finch really builds each character throughout the book and each page you are left wanting more.
The ending of the book ends leaving it open for the next book. The complicated relationships between the characters is well explained. This is the first of his books I have read but I didn't find that like some series of book that I had missed something that had happened in previous books.
I will definitely be reading more from the series and eagerly await Sacrifice out in July 2013.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2013
The first book I have read by the author although not the last. Very enjoyable, fast paced book if not somewhat 'over the top' and in places could have been thought through a little better; the fight in the pub was a shade amateurish in its depiction. However, it was carried along by the characters who were never dwelt upon too long apart from our hero, Heck and the pace of the action. Possibly his writing for a TV series like 'The Bill' influenced his thinking whereby he was cramming too much in too soon when he could have paced the book a bit better. All in all a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
This book was really enjoyable. It is however quite dark subject matter. It tries hard to strike a balance by having truly evil and dangerous villains but only really goes through one story of their victims (whilst lots are referenced). It could perhaps have done with a slightly longer build up and more background of Heck's cases. An extra 100 pages wouldn't have damaged the story and would have allowed me as a reader to really detest the bad guys.

That said, the story raced by which made you want to keep reading. Perhaps it went too quickly and would have benefited from more more writing about what was going on with Heck's colleagues whilst he was on the run, in order to make his predicament even more haunting. For instance, due to the story sticking with the main character so much I wasn't sure what everyone else was doing. I found it hard to believe that they were just sat doing nothing. Also, why didn't he just call up his boss and ex flame to fill her in (she was never going to be a baddie), Heck never mentioned he doubted her, so just call her and try and get some help.

Overall, really enjoyable cheap read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2013
This cracking thriller moves with electric pace through some of the scariest parts of Britain's inner cities, featuring some ultra-violent scenes and a few horrific moments which are definitely not for the squeamish. A refreshing book in various ways, too. The female characters are among the best I've encountered in ages - real tough cookies, while the main hero, Heck, though a good guy with a conscience, has a pair of fists and he isn't afraid to use them. Highly recommended for crime and mystery fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2013
I recently downloaded this to my Kindle. I haven't quite finished it yet, but it has to rank amongst one of the best thrillers I have ever read (and I have read a lot!). My literature of choice for the past few years has been Scandinavian crime fiction, with Jo Nesbo amongst my favourites, however, Paul Finch's novel is up there with the best. Plus, it was only £0.99 to download!!! What a bargain. You must read this - I hope there will be more. I can see 'Heck' becoming the new Harry Hole!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2013
This book had me hooked from the beginning, it`s fast pace is a page turner. The leading character is likeable if not a little nuts but the writers description helped formulate what a real life Heckenburg might be like. The pace of the storyline was excellent if not somewhat uncomfortable at times reading about women being subjected to a variety of degradation, however , the fact that certain people got their comeuppance made up for this. An excellent read can`t wait for authors` next book.
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