#Blogtour #Review: The Scorched Earth by Rachael Blok @MsRachaelBlok @HoZ_Books @VickyJoss1 #TheScorchedEarth
Release date - 14th November 2019
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Head of Zeus
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I want to thank Vicky from headofzeus.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Two years ago, Ben Fenton went camping for the night with his brother Leo. When Ben woke up, he was covered in blood, and his brother had gone. Days later, Ben was facing a charge of murder.
Ben's girlfriend, Ana Seabrook, has always sworn he was innocent. And now, on the hottest day of a sweltering heat wave, a body has been unearthed in Ana's village. A body that might be connected to what really happened between Ben and Leo that fateful night.
DCI Jansen, of St Albans police, is sure that Ana has something to hide. But until the police track down the identity of the body, he can't work out how everything's connected. Will Ana's secrets stay buried forever? Or can Jansen bring them to light?
A twisted tale of secrets and lies, THE SCORCHED EARTH by Rachael Blok is a solid story with solid characters.
Two years ago Ben's life was changed forever when he went camping with his brother and awoke to find him missing, and blood everywhere. Tried and found guilty of his murder, Ben is now in prison where he desperately tries to survive and come to grips with the fact that there is no hope for him. Until a body is discovered in the village where Ana, his girlfriend, lives. When it appears that the body is that of Leo's it brings the case back to life but there is something strange about the whole case that has DCI Jansen very suspicious. Just what the hell happened that night? And what is Ana hiding?
Moving from past to present, and watching the plot unfold from different characters' points of view, worked well for me as I never felt the plot slow down and it kept the tension on high alert at all times. I didn't realise that this story is actually the second book in a series but it can easily be read as a standalone. The drama, the atmosphere, and the setting all work well together and I found myself invested in uncovering the truth.
THE SCORCHED EARTH by Rachael Blok is a story of surprises, and while it doesn't read like a traditional police procedural, it has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy crime fiction, suspense, and psychological thrillers.
Rachael Blok grew up in Durham and now lives in Hertfordshire. Her crime series is set in the cathedral city of St Albans. Here, Maarten Jansen struggles against his plain-speaking Dutch upbringing when faced with the seemingly polite world of the picturesque city. Under the Ice is her first novel.
After studying English Literature at Warwick University, she taught in a boys' comprehensive in Holland Park. She is now a full-time author. About writing, she has said: 'I'm constantly surprised how differently stories turn out on paper than in their original planning. Fiction has a life of its own'.
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