Vicky Lewis is a force to be reckoned with: not yet thirty and already crew manager in the London Fire Brigade, she’s destined for great things.
But when she enters a burning building to save a man’s life and leaves it with catastrophic injuries, all that changes. She’s shunted over to the Fire Investigation Unit, where she’s forced to team up with cantankerous veteran Des Farmer, aka the Grouch.
When Vicky stumbles across the Grouch’s off-the-books investigation into the fiery deaths of a series of young, blonde women, she decides to join him in his search for the truth.
The answer is close – perhaps too close. Vicky’s already been burnt once, and now she’s playing with fire . . .
If you love programmes like London’s Burning, you are going to LOVE this book.
Vicky is a brilliant character. Her dad was a fire fighter and she has followed on in his footsteps. She loves being a fire fighter and it’s what she lives for. I really felt for her when she gets injured in action as her injuries are horrific and leave her badly scarred. I love how she doesn’t let that stop her though and she does her best to get on with her life.
Des is another great character. One of those really miserable loners who just wants to be left alone to do his job. Having Vicky thrust upon him is something he definitely isn’t happy with and he certainly lives up to his nickname The Grouch.
You can’t help but enjoy the working relationship that starts to build up between both characters. There is a lot of mutual respect between both and I really enjoyed seeing that respect grow.
It was really fascinating to find out more about fires and how they are investigated. I certainly learned a thing or two and it will have you rushing to check that your smoke alarms are in good working order!
The Shout is an intense and gripping read that I couldn’t put down. It is an edge of your seat, nail biting type of read. My only gripe is that this is supposed to be a stand alone novel of which this could easily become a gripping crime thriller series. With such great characters it would be a shame not to see more of them. To quote Oliver Twist, “Please sir, I want some more?”
My thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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