It’s 1989, the second Summer of Love, and Tommy Collins is doing what he does best: organising all-night raves on a shoestring and playing a game of cat and mouse with the police. But Detective Chief Inspector Peach is closing in on him, and his dreams of a better life are beginning to slip through his fingers.
DCI Peach finds it all a nuisance, a waste of his force’s time, until he finds his teenage daughter unconscious at one of Tommy’s raves. Then the chase becomes personal, and his need to make Tommy pay becomes an obsession.
The Rave is a fast-paced, gritty portrayal of life on the edges of society at the end of a decade that changed Britain forever.
In 1989 when this story is set, I was a teenager still at school. Even as a teen, I remember how drugs were big news in those days and the author very much brings that era back to life.
Tommy is a bit of a rogue. He’s a fairly likeable character who just seems to go from one disaster to another. He really isn’t the brains in his outfit as you soon get to realise as everything just starts spiralling downwards.
The story starts off at quite a dramatic moment and then we are taken back a week and we are taken through the story day by day until we are back to where the story started off. This really gives a build up of suspense as to how things had come to that climax.
Peach is quite complex. I can’t particularly say I loved his character but I really warmed to him the further into the story we got. The parts to do with him and his daughter Sally had me an emotional wreck. It was upsetting and endearing at the same time. I think due to the nature of the story line it did make for some tough reading and I had to fight back the tears.
The Rave has been a much anticipated novel for me after reading and loving the authors debut, The Prodigal. Even though this book is the second in the Valley Park series, you don’t need to read them in order. It is an entertaining read where the author brings the North East to life and we get to see the darker and grittier side to it. Well worth the wait.
My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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