I’m thrilled to be on the tour for this book, however due to various unexpected events and illness I’ve not been able to finish it yet. However I can review what I have read so far and that’s what I’ve done. Many thanks to Orenda Books for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Book: When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.
Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an
increasingly puzzling case that looks like it can have only one ending.
And then the first body appears, and Casey’s investigation plunges her into a darkness she could never have imagined…
The Review: As I’ve said I’ve not been able to finish this book, not anything to do with the book at all, it’s unexpected issues and illness that’s caused this. I had hoped to finish reading it today but I’ve been unable to concentrate (again not the book’s fault) so am publishing a partial review with an updated one to follow later.
What I’ve read so far has definitely grabbed my interest. We’ve got the disappearance of a young woman in the middle of the night from a remote place with mixed responses from the residents of the area. Added to that is some mysterious goings on that seem aimed at Casey and a few other things thrown into the mix and you have a gripping story. I like Casey, she’s got good instincts, doesn’t appear to take nonsense from people and has a good relationship with her detective partner which is good to see. The two of them make a good pairing and I enjoyed watching them work together.
I like the mystery in this story, it’s got the usual misleading witnesses, characters who seem like they are hiding something but might not be and in contrast those who seem squeaky clean but might not be. There’s something about this story that has me gripped and really wanting to see what happens next and how it ends but I can’t yet work out what that is. Clearly some of it is the characters and the setting, because the setting is ideal for this type of story, but I don’t know if there’s something else there as well. Time will tell, hopefully and I’ll be able to be more specific in the full review. For now, I’m definitely enjoying this book and the fact that I’ve read something somewhere that says it’s book 1 in the series which means more Casey, and that’s exciting!
Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian has called the books ‘pitch-perfect American noir ’. A lifelong Londoner, Rod’s first novel set in his hometown, entitled Blood Red City, was published by Orenda Books in 2020.
Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. He lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters. Follow him on Twitter @Rod_WR.