Three words to describe the feel of this novel..... Evil, Paranoia and Triumph!
A simply stunning conclusion (I think) to the saga of The Circle, which has stealthily creeped across author LJ Ross' first three novels. I have read all three in quick succession; I couldn't get enough of Anna, Ryan and his team. The books show extraordinary talent from a new author & each book has outclassed the previous in terms of exceptional writing, thrilling plots and characters that have such depth you can't help but feel you know them. I have simply fallen in love with the character DS Frank Phillips! He's a rough, gruff teddy bear who's all puffy marshmallow on the inside. I adore his cheekiness & witty remarks! I literally had tears rolling down my face with laughter at his banter with DCI Ryan during the interrogation of former Detective Chief Superintendent Arthur Gregson, at the conclusion of this novel. Without giving a spoiler away, I can't wait to read the recently released fourth book in the story, Angel, to see what's happening next in the character's lives.
I have previously read and enjoyed the DCI Ryan books. I am now listening to them whilst I walk. Jonathan Keeble is a talented narrator and masters all of the accents and nuances of the characters. Looking forward to listening to more of the series.
I really enjoyed this series and it was nice to see the setting is Glascow which has been largely neglected. My main criticism of the whole series lies in the denoument- one minute the protagonists are still trying to establish "who done it" and then, like a sudden inspiration from above, all is revealed! This does tend to detract from plausibility.
This book certainly keeps you interested which makes it hard to stop reading. Books one and two of the DC I Ryan series have been quite intriguing formed around a satanic cult. Looking forward to the next plot?
Well written about the detectives doing a job and being cut off by those involved in a cult and higher up the ladder in the police force,all around a thrilling book to read with various twists to keep you going ...Well done