Thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for having me on the tour and giving me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: On a warm September morning, a man is found unconscious
and tortured in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of Germany’s biggest magazines. He’s soon identified as a manager of the company. Three days later, another manager appears in a similar way.
The magazine staff were facing significant layoffs, so sympathy
for the two men is in short supply. Chastity Riley and her new
colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect, to the dubious past shared by both
victims. Travelling to the south of Germany, they step into the hothouse world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred…monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves.
My Review: This is the first Simone Buchholz book I’ve read and I loved it. It grabbed me from the first few paragraphs and wouldn’t let me go. Chastity Riley is a new heroine of mine, I love her attitude to life and everything and the way she sees the world is unique and fabulous.
I thought about what to say in this review and struggled to work out how to explain my feelings towards this book. The characters and location came off the page really well for me, everything was clear and the story flowed so well I lost track of everything else (not recommended while at work!).
As mentioned, I’ve not read Blue Night but this book is now firmly on my reading list and I can’t wait to read more in this series. If you’ve not discovered this unique writing yet, I would recommend you do very soon it’s not to be missed. Fabulous!
About the author:
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied
Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and second place in the German Crime Fiction Prize, for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in
the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.