Today I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Death Do Us Part by the fabulous Steven Dunne. Today I have my review, an extract as well as an intro to the sixth novel in the series by the main man himself. Steven certainly knows how to spoil us readers 😉
REARDON THOROGOOD GRIPPED THE DOOR handle
and tried to turn it, but her palm slipped on the
cold metal. She stared at the blood on her trembling
fingers, unable to remember what it was, who it belonged
to, how it had got there. Instinctively she went to wipe the
sticky mess on her clothes, but remembered she wasn’t
‘It’s okay. It’s okay,’ she panted, trying to accept the lie.
‘You’re alive. You’re alive.’ Her eyes flicked round the room,
sliding past the bleeding carcass lying half on, half off the bed,
knees on the floor, naked to the ankles, his jeans bunched and
crumpled like a concertina. His face was to one side, eyes
glazed and open.
DI Damen Brook is on a rare period of leave and determined to make the most of it by re-connecting with his daughter Terri. But with her heavy drinking proving a challenge, Brook takes the opportunity to visit a local murder scene when his help is requested.
An elderly couple have each been executed with a single shot to the heart and the method echoes that of a middle-aged gay couple killed the previous month.
With the same killer suspected and the officer currently in charge nearing retirement, Brook knows that he has little choice but to cut short his leave when forced by his superiors to take the lead on the case.
Brook believes that he can catch this ruthless killer, but already distracted by Terri’s problems, is he about to make a fatal mistake and lead the killer right to his own door?
WOW! Steven Dunne has done it again. Yet another gripping novel in the DI Damen Brook series.
I’ve read and enjoyed all the books in this series and this really is a brilliantly clever crime series.
I love Brook. He has his issues but he still gives his all to his job, mainly going above and beyond his call of duty. I don’t know what it is about him in this novel but he seems to have changed slightly. For the better.
He has a failed marriage as well as a struggling relationship with his daughter, Terri. In a way he seems to have come to terms with what has happened to Terri in the past, knowing that he can’t change anything and he seems to be trying to move forward from it. Even though Brook is trying to move on from it, Terri who seems to have handled it so well, is starting to unravel and causes Brook more concern.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Brook and colleague Caskey. He uses his past experiences to try and help her and he really does talk a lot of good sense.
With a brilliantly gripping start to the book, Death Do Us Part is a fast paced read that I just couldn’t get enough of. The whole storyline, characters, the twist and turns, brilliant just brilliant.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Headline for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Death Do Us Part is due out on the 5th of May and will be available from Amazon.
Intro to death Do Us Part
Death Do Us Part, is the sixth crime thriller featuring the mentally scarred but brilliant Detective Inspector Damen Brook. Like all my thrillers, it was born in answer to a simple question. Is it possible to create a serial killer who is not consumed by hate for the victims? Indeed a killer who believes his or her actions may even be beneficial to them. That was the straightforward premise on which Death Do Us Part was conceived and thus the Champagne Killer was born, an individual who is executing happily married couples. But why?
Of course, things are never simple when Brook is involved and a voice from his past sets him on a path that will bring him into conflict with former and present colleagues in the search for truth and justice on another case. The Black Oak Farm massacre, supposedly closed by a recently retired colleague, comes under Brook’s gaze when an incarcerated serial killer writes to Brook with unsubstantiated new evidence.
Despite his best instincts, Brook is drawn into examining the facts of the old case especially as his visiting daughter Terri has taken an interest. But can Brook look deeper into the massacre without alerting his superiors? And will his unsanctioned investigations interfere with his search for the Champagne Killer?
As usual I hope Death Do Us Part is more than just a fiendishly plotted serial killer thriller but also an exploration of the damage that life and sudden trauma can inflict on ordinary people. I hope you enjoy it and many thanks to Sarah Hardy for giving me the chance to tell you all about it.