Release date - 4th May 2017
Book length - 352 pages
Publisher - headofzeus.com
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Vindici is a hero to many. He is also the nation's most dangerous criminal...
The man who calls himself Vindici broke out of prison last year. Now he's filmed himself torturing and killing paedophiles in Liverpool's affluent suburbs. Half the city are celebrating: now the streets are safer for their children.
But for DCI Eve Clay and her team at the Merseyside Police, it's a nightmare. Their job is to solve the crimes and lock up the killer – hard enough without being despised by the public they are trying to protect.
And now, just when they think they've cracked the case, they receive a photo of Vindici, at a Day of The Dead parade in Mexico. So if Vindici is 5,000 miles away, who are they hunting in Liverpool? DCI Eve Clay must draw on all her cunning to unmask a killer who is somehow always one step ahead...
This is my first time reading anything by Mark Roberts so even though DAY OF THE DEAD is book three in the Eve Clay Series, it can easily be read as a standalone.
DCI Eve Clay and her team are on the hunt for a killer who is hunting paedophiles in Liverpool and ritualistically murdering them. Believing it to be the work of Vindici who had escaped from prison, Eve knows that this will not be a straight-forward case. For one thing, the public adores Vindici who is revered for making the streets safer for their children, and for another, Eve also has her own past memories to deal with which continue to haunt her. But when it becomes clear that they are dealing with a copycat, everything is thrown into the air, and suddenly Eve is unsure of who she can trust...
Methodical, gritty, and well-paced, DAY OF THE DEAD by Mark Roberts is the kind of crime fiction novel that messes with your emotions and gets under your skin. The story is spread out over the three days of the investigation and this really worked as I never felt bored or lost interest.
As a mother, the topics covered in this story horrified and scared the living daylights out of me and made for some very uncomfortable moments, but the narrative is so well-written that you just have to keep reading. Eve Clay is a very likeable character and the relationships that exist between her and other members of the team were really interesting to watch. Usually the killer is instantly the 'baddie' but what was strange in DAY OF THE DEAD was that I couldn't dislike the killer in this story, at least not in the beginning - that is not to say I liked the killer but, like the general public in this tale, for most of the story there is that consensus that these monsters deserved to die. It is only nearer to the end that the flawed logic of this belief is made clear - and I felt that the ending was damn near perfect!
DAY OF THE DEAD by Mark Roberts is a dark, intense, and deeply compelling novel and I will definitely read more from this author. If you are a fan of crime fiction then you must read this book.
Mark Roberts was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College. He was a teacher for twenty years and for the last thirteen years has worked with children with severe learning difficulties. He received a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for best new play of the year. He is the author of What She Saw which was longlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger. Blood Mist, the first in his DCI Eve Clay series, went to number one in the Australian kindle chart. For more information:
Twitter - twitter.com/MR_CrimeWriter
*I want to thank Clare at Head of Zeus Books and the author Mark Roberts, for the opportunity to review this novel and take part in this blog tour! Make sure you check out all of the other stops on this exciting tour. Happy Reading 📚
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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