DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing. But that is just the beginning.
As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.
Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.
Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford, West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth book in the DI Gus McGuire series. The author has written it so it reads well as a stand alone giving enough background where needed.
I have read and enjoyed all the books in the series and really didn’t think it was possible for them to get any better than they already were. Boy, how wrong I was as the author knocked the ball out of the park with this one.
When Simon’s parents come home after a weekend away, they could never envision what is in store for them when they walk through their door. I might actually get my teenagers to read the book in the hope it puts them off ever even thinking about having a party behind our backs! The aftermath of the party is only the start of the shocks and surprises that are in store for the reader.
This is a series with a seriously strong cast of characters. Gus, his dad, Alice, they really are stand out characters who all bring something different to the table. I think I might actually be a teensy bit in love with Gus’s dad. He brings some humour into the otherwise dark and twisted read. He is so laid back and for some reason I imagine him sounding a bit like Sean Connery of which sends me weak at the knees.
This is one case that has the team working around the clock. It is a story that I couldn’t stop thinking about over the course of the few days I read it and I picked it up at every free opportunity I had. It really got under my skin and I was as desperate as Gus to solve it.
Uncommon Cruelty is a jaw dropping read that will send your heart racing. Without a doubt my personal favourite in the series and in my opinion, the authors best novel yet. If you haven’t read this series yet then why not?
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley 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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Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.
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