Another amazing book by Charlie Gallagher. There are a few different story lines going on and they all come together to make for another breath taking read. I read this in one day and was totally engrossed in the story, loved every moment of it. Charlie's books just keep getting better and better with each one and I can't wait to see what he has install for us next, I am a devoted fan and you really should pick these books up, you will not be disappointed.
Continuing to follow the career and private life of Detective Sergeant Maddie Ives, the main plot involving suspected terrorism has plenty to hold the reader's attention but it also has several other interweaved tales, not least of which is the heartrending story of a desperate young woman's plight as a victim of domestic violence and her attempt to escape the control of her abuser. It was good to see Inspector Harry Blaker back on the job and to watch their friendship deepen. I am a great fan of Charlie Gallagher's books and always look forward to his next offering.
I have to say that this is not an easy read, dealing as it does quite graphically in domestic violence and the effect this has on the victims.
But first, we are introduced to Christine and Scott Lang, no violence here but two tired very new parents who are close to the end of their tether. Christine sets off for work with her baby son, Ethan in the back of her car, but as she travels through a tunnel she is caught in a series of explosions and subsequently suffers some bad injuries.
Then we meet DS Maddie Ives and her team, who while not involved in the initial enquiries into the blasts, soon are on the periphery of it.
Then we meet Grace Hughes who lives with her bully of a partner, Craig Dolton and this is where we come into contact with the domestic violence in all its ‘glory’. Craig controls everything Grace does, even to the effect of keeping her father away from her and not allowing her out of the house He has a particularly brutal way of ensuring she does exactly as he wants.
So we have bombs, domestic violence, two brothers who deal in drugs, two other brothers, one a self-made millionaire hoping to become the next IPC (Independent Police Commissioner) and one a bully. We also have DI Harry Blaker just returning to work following a shooting incident that left him badly injured.
Charlie weaves the story seamlessly around these and other characters, until the end.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly and thank Charlie for the opportunity of reading it.
This is book No 2 in the Maddie Ives series and I look forward to reading more about her in the future. (less)