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Solid thriller, not very supernatural though!,
This review is from: A Matter Of Blood: The Dog-Faced Gods Book One (DOG-FACED GODS TRILOGY) (Paperback)
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DI Cass Jones is caught in the middle of two horrific murder cases: the shooting of two young boys in what appears to be a botched gangland shooting, and a serial killer who 'puts down' women as though they are animals. When Cass' brother Christian is suspected of the murder-suicide of his family, Cass cannot believe it, and things look even worse when evidence that implicates him is found at the scene. The further Cass delves into the three cases, the more he is convinced they are part of a conspiracy involving The Bank, a major company that arose from the ashes of a global economic meltdown. Can Cass find out the truth whilst also dealing with his own personal demons?
This is billed as a supernatural crime thriller, which is what most appealed to me about it, however the supernatural element is very minor and mostly implied. Cass repeatedly sees the ghost of his brother, but the main supernatural element involves Mr Solomon and Mr Bright, two men who may have something to do with both The Bank and the murders. It is never stated exactly what these men are (gods of some kind seems an option), but they seem to have certain powers - Solomon the ability to control flies (!!) - and are connected to Cass' family. Cass' family all claimed to have been able to see a mysterious golden light in people's eyes 'The Glow', but this too is not fully explained. I understand this book is the first in a trilogy, so perhaps these ideas will be further explored then, because otherwise they were a bit of a waste of time.
Cass is a strong central character for a thriller series, with all the usual personal problems: crumbling marriage, affair with a colleague, troubled past as an undercover officer, dead family. As 'The Glow' implies, there may also be more to him, and I would be interested to learn a bit more about it.
There are plenty of plot threads here, many of which tie together nicely, and although I didn't find this a page-turner, it was still a pretty solid thriller.