#Review: Scorched Earth by David Mark @davidmarkwriter @MulhollandUK @HodderBooks #McAvoy #ScorchedEarth
Release date - 25th January 2018
Book length - 304 pages
Publisher - Mulholland Books (Hodder)
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I want to thank Kerry from Hodder Books for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The police think Crystal Heathers isn't missing.
The trainee detective assigned to the case isn't so sure.
McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall...and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.
But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?
And how far would someone go to get revenge?
The case will test McAvoy to breaking point - as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.
This book was my first encounter with the McAvoy series but that did not take away at all from this gripping, twisting, compelling story that sucked me in from the very first page.
When McAvoy gets a tip-off from an old retired police friend about suspicious activity at an abandoned house, it will throw him into the realm of a twisted criminal mind that is determined to seek revenge. With one dead body and evidence of a child being held captive there at one point, McAvoy doesn't know where to begin. And how is this linked to a mother in the countryside who is determined that her adult daughter has disappeared, even though by all appearances she has gone off on holiday with friends? As McAvoy and the team begin to pick this case apart piece by piece, the violence and deceit will span over many countries, and across many backgrounds, as lies and secrets suddenly come to the forefront. But will McAvoy be able to survive the truth?
With plenty of twists and turns, SCORCHED EARTH by David Mark is an energetic, addictive, and top-notch crime fiction novel. While it is always advisable to start a series from the beginning, this book is honestly easily read as a standalone and you never feel like you have missed out - but why have one good book when you can have more?! I really enjoyed the character of McAvoy and his co-workers who were all intriguing and dynamic in their own right.
SCORCHED EARTH by David Mark is a cracker of a story and I highly recommend to crime fiction fans everywhere.
David spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post - walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels.
His writing is heavily influenced by the court cases he covered: the defeatist and jaded police officers; the competent and incompetent investigators; the inertia of the justice system and the sheer raw grief of those touched by savagery and tragedy.
He has written six novels in the McAvoy series: Dark Winter, Original Skin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity, Dead Pretty and Cruel Mercy, as well as two McAvoy novellas, A Bad Death and Fire of Lies, which are available as ebooks. His first historical thriller, The Zealot’s Bones, is out now.
Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016.
David’s Radio 4 drama, A Marriage of Inconvenience, aired last year. His first novel is currently being adapted for the stage. He has also written for the stage and has contributed articles and reviews to several national and international publications. He is a regular performer at literary festivals and is a sought-after public speaker. He also teaches creative writing.
For more information:
Website - www.davidmarkwriter.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/davidmarkwriter
Instagram - www.instagram.com/davidmarkwriter/
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