Black Summer by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK

Book Description:

After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

My Thoughts:

Black Summer is the second book in the Washington Poe series and can easily be read as a stand alone but I really do urge you to read the previous book as it’s just as fabulous as this one.

I have been dying to be re united with Poe and Tilly and boy has it been worth the wait. This book was everything I hoped for and more. From the first jaw dropping chapter, the author well and truly had my attention.

Everything about this book is just first class. From the very clever story line, to the best characters, I just loved everything about it. Tilly’s quirkiness has been tamed slightly but there is still enough there to make her a lovable and highly enjoyable character to read about. Poe is still his usual self of which I wouldn’t have him any other way. Am sure I said this about the last book but will say it again, these two characters really are the making of these books and just blast other crime series out of the water.

I felt so much frustration due to the case Poe and Tilly are working on. Poe is getting hit from all angles and he knows in his gut that something isn’t right but he’s struggling to find any evidence to prove it. It really does make for a race against time and I wasn’t sure if this was one case that even this dynamic duo would struggle to solve.

Black Summer was an absolute belter of a read. The case is nothing I have ever come across before and was just so cleverly done. It made it even more gripping and fresh as well as keeping the reader on their toes. I could waffle on for ages about this book but doubt I could do it the justice it deserves. Just buy it. It’s brilliant and would give it 100 stars if I could.

My thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

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

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