The second in the `Roy Grace' Detective series is another resounding hit in my opinion, with superbly developed characters, realistic Sussex settings and intriguing, compelling crimes to keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down and I'm already relishing the fact that I have so many more of this series left to read- and books three and four ready and waiting.
This story starts off as more of a slow burner than book one, in which the reader was immediately plunged into the action. This time the author concentrates more on scene setting and character development which is effortlessly done, so you really feel a connection with the protagonists. What seems to be a bit of a mundane scenario is then suddenly turned completely on its head however and the story picks up a fast pace from there.
This novel sees thirty something businessman Tom Bryce picking up a CD left behind on a commuter train. With no significant details on it, he loads it into his computer, thinking there will be some kind of identification on it so he can dutifully return it to its rightful owner. What he sees on the CD however leaves him reeling and his life is immediately pulled into a shocking nightmare...
This gritty story really is no holds barred and some details of the crimes involved are a bit gruesome, but nonetheless the story remains fascinating and believable given all the little details added by the author. There's a couple of little twists thrown in which make it all the more enjoyable as a reader.
A couple of other reviewers have picked up on the minor Americanisms that seem to filter into the authors writing, and given that he's spent time across in the States writing, I suppose this is a given fact, but it doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the story. I didn't quite enjoy this as much as book one but it was still a very worthwhile read.
If you like gritty thrillers that don't hold back on all the lurid details and well-done detective dramas then this is definitely the book for you. What are you waiting for?