Crime Thriller

The Predators by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder

Book Description:

The return of DS Royston Chase and DC Claire Laney.

The frozen corpse of a female hiker discovered on snow-covered downs presents DS Royston Chase, DC Claire Laney, and Trainee DC Alison May with a fresh murder case to investigate.

The more the body thaws the more it reveals, and as the investigation gathers momentum hopes are dashed of an early and successful outcome. It soon becomes clear that the victim and her killer were not the only ones on the hillside when the murder occurred, and the police are desperate to locate everybody who was.

But when the operation is interrupted by a series of related abductions, with all witnesses swiftly falling under suspicion, Chase realises that their case is far more complex than any of them could ever have imagined…

My Thoughts:

Chase and Laney are back in the second book in the series. This actually works really well as a standalone so don’t feel readers need to have read the previous book first but would urge them still to read it as it’s a great book.

The discovery of a young female hiker looks like a pretty straight forward murder in terms of why she was most likely killed of which of course they still need to find the killer. It does make you feel outrage that a young woman should lose her life because she goes hiking on her own. As the story goes along however, there are some shocking discoveries and Chase realises that things are a lot more complicated and there is way more involved surrounding her death.

What really stood out to me is the empathy from Chase and his team towards the girls parents. Once you read the book you will understand more on how dealing with the parents needed to be done in a very sensitive manner. The way they handle it I have to applaud the author as I thought it was perfectly done. You think it would make for quite a sombre read but Laney’s personality brings some humor into the story. A couple of parts did make me laugh at her sense of humor of which I don’t think all of the characters appreciated at times!

The Predators is not only set during a big freeze but also sends chills down the readers spine due to the story. I wasn’t expecting as many twists as there were in this story. They just kept coming and my jaw kept dropping further and further down. I especially love Chase as he really is a wonderful character and great to see someone who could easily be hardened by what they have to deal with in their job still have so much empathy. This is turning out to be a must read crime series for fans of this genre. There are plenty of chills and thrills and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next!

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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