A Wash of Black (1) Hardcover – 28 January 2020
- Publisher : Red Dog Press (28 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1913331377
- ISBN-13 : 978-1913331375
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.6 x 21.59 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Wow! Chris McDonald has written a clever, chilling and absolutely addictive debut novel with A Wash of Black! A pacy read that will keep you turning the pages. I already want the next book in the DI Erika Piper series...like yesterday!" --Noelle Holten, author of Dead Inside
"An addictive, gripping read that pulls you in and has you hooked." --Sarah Jones, Lost in the Land of Books blog
"I have found my new series obsession. McDonald creates a strong, rounded lead in DI Erika Piper and I, for one, cannot wait to read the next." --M.Sean Coleman, author of The Code and The Cuckoo Wood
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When was the last time you had a food you haven’t had before?
Tried a new flavor of soft drink even?
Doing something for the first time is something that should be celebrated.
We should be celebrating Chris McDonald’s first novel, because it’s absolutely fantastic.
I’m not kidding – this is his debut book.
When you’ve read it, you’ll remember I said this.
It reads like a book from an author that is 20 published works deep into his career.
Chris McDonald writes with a confidence and panache that belies his experience.
Pay particular attention to the next line because it is maybe the single most important thing I can say about any book.
I believed every word of it.
That is not something that can easily be said about crime or police procedurals. Nothing throws me out of a book as easily as some convoluted plot mechanics that are just nonsense. Not so with McDonald’s “A Wash Of Black” The reason Erika Piper has been off for a year? – Believed it. Gruesome death on a Manchester Ice rink? Believed it. Every single red herring thrown our way as to ‘who dunnit’? Believed them all mate.
Relationships both working and personal feel real. There’s no clunky, forced dialogue. Characters talk and converse like real life, breathing flesh and blood people; which to me by the end of this book they almost were. That takes real talent as a writer and McDonald has it in spades.
At no point in this book was I bored. Chris McDonald kept me guessing all the way which is exactly what I want from a crime novel. The twist at the end is great. Honestly I didn’t see it coming. All the clues were right there for me but I still didn’t guess it ,which again takes clever writing to achieve.
Book two is being written as we speak. I for one can’t wait to see what McDonald’s second book brings us. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was not a fluke and D.I. Erika Piper is going to be with us for quite some time.
Erika has only recently returned to work after taking a break for a year following a horrific event which took place twelve months earlier. But she suddenly has her work cut out when the body of a celebrity is discovered which will no doubt propel the case into the media spotlight. What is even more disturbing is that the killer has chosen to re-enact a murder screen from the star’s latest film. Clues left behind by the killer prompt Erika and her team to think that this won’t be the last of the killings.
This was a really intriguing first case for Erika and her team to get to grips with. I liked how Chris McDonald led me in different directions as he threw in each red-herring. He didn’t make it very easy for me to pinpoint the murderer, and I wanted to know what their motives were. This led to me considering a few of the characters as possible suspects, and when I thought the story was going one way, Chris managed to pull the rug out from under my feet.
Erika is a great character. She has an intriguing back story which made me want to find out more about her and what had happened in her past. She grew on me really quickly, and I can see her becoming a favourite character of mine in this genre. You can see how difficult it still is for Erika to overcome what has happened in her past. This is also having an impact on her current relationship with her boyfriend. But she is also determined to make sure that this doesn’t have an impact on her work. It won’t stop her from trying to catch the person responsible before they kill again. It’ll be interesting to see how she will develop from this point on.
Chris McDonald keeps the pace of the book flying forward. I had to keep reading to find out the answers, and I could feel the tension rising as Chris threw in each new twist in the case.
I’m sure I’ll be returning to this series in the future, and I hope that we don’t have to wait too long for the next book. A Wash of Black is a chilling crime novel that will draw you in and keep you hooked.
I found it very hard to put down as it is so well written by this new author. A great crime thriller with interesting characters that kept me in suspense throughout the book.
Just can’t wait for the next book in the series.