“Clever, chilling and absolutely addictive…” – Noelle Holten, author of Dead Inside
IT’S NOT LIFE THAT IMITATES ART. IT’S DEATH.
Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.
The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago.
DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies.
But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must do more than put aside her demons to crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.
If you like Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Cara Hunter, you will love this.
I didn’t think there could be room for another Erika in the detective world being a huge fan of the Detective Erika Foster crime series by Robert Bryndza. Well DI Erika Piper showed me that there was more than enough room for the both of them.
The start of the story with a murder scene on an ice rink ensured that the author had my attention. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel where a crime scene takes place in one, so it piqued my interest straight away.
For a debut novel, I was blown away with the confidence in the authors writing. I had no problem falling into the story and the story line made sure I stayed there. It’s what I would class as an easy read as once I started the book, the next thing I knew, I was just over half way through. I was totally oblivious to anything other than what I was reading. For me, this is an easy read as my enjoyment is such, that time just flies by whilst I’m reading it.
Erika is a great protagonist that I took to instantly. An horrific attack has left her somewhat vulnerable but yet there is an inner strength that I truly admired. There are a couple of characters that I’m looking forward to getting to know better as the series progresses and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.
A Wash of Black is not only a cracker of a start to a series but also a highly commendable debut. The gripping story line and the increase in pace had me tearing through the pages. There was enough to excite and thrill me of which has left me very much looking forward to more from this author.
My thanks to Red Dog Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.
He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.