Bodily Harm by Charlie Gallagher @JoffeBooks


Book Description:

One of the grittiest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year.

An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller starts with a vicious stabbing of a pretty teenage girl and her boyfriend on a local bus. She happens to be the mayor’s niece. It’s the final straw for the community. The police are desperate to get results and decide on a risky course of action involving undercover infiltration of the notorious Effingell Estate.

Detective George Elms knows this hellish place extremely well, and his sharp investigative mind is put to work to solve the crime. The police are under immense media pressure and conveniently a local lowlife confesses to the attack. But George is not convinced. There are many layers of criminal and police motivation, and few people are what they seem.

My Thoughts:

Bodily Harm is the first book in the Detective George Elms series and boy what a way to start it off!

I absolutely loved George. Strong, dependable, compassionate, everything you want in a man never mind in a detective. I really enjoyed getting to know his wife and daughter and how he juggles personal issues with his work. For me it humanises his character more and I found I could really empathise with him.

The story starts off strong with an awful attack on two teens which shows just what low lives some of these criminals are. What I enjoyed seeing is how George handles the victims as well as the criminals. To a certain extent he can see the good in some of them but definitely not all, as no matter what, sometimes there is just no good to be found.

I was so engrossed in this story, happily reading along and then the author suddenly ups the pace sending me spinning. I certainly won’t go into what happens but the story takes a very dark and twisted turn that left me reeling. There was so many shocks and surprises that more than once I forgot to close my mouth.

Bodily Harm is a highly entertaining start to a new crime series to me. Can’t wait to read more.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Bodily Harm is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)


  1. Love his work! I really enjoyed Then She Ran., Left me holding on my seat. Now reading Her last Breath. Kindle Fire. Well done Charlie and Thank you.

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