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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the slightly different setting for this crime thriller and I find the topic of cults and less than mainstream religions quite intriguing. This set it up to be a book I could really enjoy. The story moved at a reasonable lick and some of the descriptions of the crime scenes were a bit gory if matter of fact, which is no bad thing in my opinion. I think there was room for a little more on the subject of how the dead soldiers became involved with the preacher who becomes of particular interest to Crane but otherwise the balance of providing information and progressing the plot was pretty good.
For about three quarters of the book I was really enjoying the read, and didn't want to put it down but Crane isn't always likeable and one particular revelation towards the end really affected the empathy I had with the character. It seemed either at odds with what had happened earlier or suggested he was a much darker character than I had thought. Whichever it was I felt it tainted the ending and I put the book down and started the review with a much lower rating in mind than I had expected from the bulk of the book.Read more ›
The story line was good and the story telling great . I'm looking forward to read the next one in the series which is already waitig for me on my kindle!
I liked Crane instantly, his no-nonsense approach is just fantastic - bordering on comical at times. I liked the way that I also got an insight into his personal life as well, it really helped to build him as a character.
His team - Billy and Kim seem to have differences between them but both strive to do a good job for Crane - doing whatever it takes!
The incident that they are called out to is so horrific that Crane just can't let it go, it is deemed as case closed and he is sent to investigate another incident. Only to find himself called back to that first case after another incident occurs miles away.
He enlists the help of Padre Symonds and 'civvy' police Detective Anderson determined to get to the bottom of these incidents. I liked both of these characters and loved the way that the Padre was loving playing `detective'!! Anderson on the other hand had his hands full - trying to stop Crane who sometimes was a little harsh with people!
The story was great, as I started piecing bits together something else would appear or not quite add up - to be honest at one point I thought that we were never going to catch up with `Zachariah'. It was a bit slow starting but once I got into the storyline I was hooked.
I think the final showdown scene was fantastic and was so happy with the ending! It'll be nice to `catch up' with Crane in the next instalment of the series
As a first novel it is really great and I have just downloaded 40 days and 40 nights, Wendy's second story. Crane is a genuinely believable hero, and the story background is very true to life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't get into this book, because I prefer well written fiction. In the first few pages we have the main character shivering in his kitchen in AUGUST and later meeting a Staff... Read morePublished 7 months ago by I don't normally submit reviews, but...
A really good read. Some nice twists along the way. Author shows her experience of military life and differences between military and civilian police methodology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brian
Now that I have discovered Wendy Cartmell’s books I am a big fan. Her writing is crisp and well paced, her characters well developed, the inter-action between them flows well, and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Yvonne Crowe
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.Very interesting and full of action.
Took a while to get into the plot but once you reach that it just gets better and better,
Only 25% through yet, and the story line holds promise. I rarely leave a book unfinished, but am coming close with this one !!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gareth
I received this book to review on Kindle. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few typos which were slightly annoying, but the plot kept you on the edge of your... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deenuts
Appalling punctuation, grammar and sentence construction made me give up after a few pages. I can forgive quite a lot but this was just too dreadful to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C M Hudson
Fairly well written novel but I found the plot and the characters unconvincing. The whole book really did not hold together and I shall not continue with the series.Published 15 months ago by Susie
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