Friday, 3 February 2017

Book Review - Strangers by Paul Finch - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #GreaterManchester

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Title: Strangers
Author: Paul Finch
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 22nd September 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

A stranger is just a killer you haven’t met yet… The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the next big thing to hit the shelves. If you haven’t discovered Paul Finch yet, this book will have you hooked.

Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.

But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it…

Dark, gritty and ALWAYS edge-of-your-seat. Paul Finch will leave fans of Rachel Abbott and MJ Arlidge gasping for more.

It's odd as at times I really don't know how much I was enjoying this book but yet, I kept having to come back to it to read more, and to see just how things were going to turn out.  I can definitely say that Strangers has a cracking story, and is a thriller written from a slightly different perspective. 

For a start the heroine of this book is PC Lucy Clayburn, that's a regular cop, not a detective or anything, and she has to work undercover as a lady of the night to gather intel to try and gather clues as to a high profile, extremely dangerous serial killer. 

Although there is some police procedure in this story, Lucy tends to follow her instincts no matter where they may taker her, and is certainly a kick ass heroine. Her bosses on the other hand aren't always sure what to do with her, which may be why she is has been a PC for 10 years. 

This is a gritty thriller, and the descriptions of some of the scenes while undercover especially are quite vivid. The story was easy enough to follow and it lead to an unputdownable conclusion. I just didn't really take that well to Lucy, although in places when she was looking out for her part time friend and potential informant, I did really like her. 

This was the first book I have read by Paul Finch, and it is definitely a good book, although I generally want my thrillers to be unputdownable for the start, whereas it took until over half way through for me to be invested enough in the story to keep reading in long stints. 

Thank you to Avon for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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