A man is burnt alive in a shed.
No witnesses, no fingerprints – only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant with a long list of enemies.
Detectives Zigic and Ferreira are called in from the Hate Crimes Unit to track the killer, and are met with silence in a Fenland community ruled by slum racketeers, people-trafficking gangs and fear.
The clock is ticking.
But nobody wants to talk.
My Rating: 5/5
I purchased this book almost 12 months ago and after reading it, I am kicking myself for waiting so long! The cover is stunning, the story is captivating and the characters are …well….pretty damn awesome! If that isn’t the recipe for a perfect read, I don’t know what is!
Set in Peterborough, the themes of racism, immigration, politics, loss, love and betrayal can be found – although they are not all that we find in the pages of this story.
For me, the pace was set perfectly! Thrusting you full throttle into the story with a great build up and then evening out until you are again grabbed by the throat with a fantastic reveal. I found myself questioning everything, thinking #DIHolten has solved the case before the book even ended – boy was I wrong!! That is what I loved about this book ~ all is not what it seems!
DI Zigic and DS Ferreira (how great are those names!!) are the two main characters from the Hate Crimes Unit. What a pair these two are! I freakin’ LOVED the way they bounced off each other! I also enjoyed the fact that the author shares some insight to what this pair are like outside “the job” ~ leaving us guessing and wanting more!
This is a no holds barred, straight-talking story about immigrants coming to the UK and what they have to face in Peterborough. I felt all the characters had depth and a realism that is often hard to find when talking about such a fiery, divisive topic.
For a debut novel, this was a corker! I am somewhat glad that I still have two more to read and cannot wait to get stuck in. If you want a gritty, gripping page-turner to get stuck into, I highly recommend you check out Eva Dolan as this book kicks ass! If you click the link below, you can grab yourself a copy! What the hell are you waiting for!? 😜
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