I am over-the-moon to be hosting Paul Finch’s #Strangers blog tour today! I have been dying to post my review for quite some time…so I won’t wait anymore…here it is!
Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life.
As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.
But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come.
Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.
And, unknown to Lucy, she’s already treading it…..
My Rating: 5/5
A massive *THANKS* to Paul Finch, HarperCollins UK and Avon for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I have to hold my hands up and say that this is the first book I have ever read by Paul Finch – don’t hurt me peeps – I promise, it will not be the last! OMFG what a cracker of a story!
This book is set in the darker side of Manchester where we see prostitution, gangs, the want for second chances, crime, pushing the boundaries, danger and justice adorn the pages as the story unfolds.
The story is told from the third person POV and drifts into various interesting and intriguing strands. It is fast paced, gritty, dark and disturbing at times, but OMFG there is a #KillerHook which will leave you wanting for more! I absolutely devoured this book in a matter of hours and I dare anyone not to LOVE it! And that tagline! #AStrangerIsJustAKillerYouHaventMetYet – EEEEEK! It is fabulous!
Now for my favourite part! Let’s talk characters! PC Lucy Clayburn – at first I found her to be a bit woe is me – yeah, she screwed up…but guess what, she pulled up her big girl pants and got on with it! Lucy developed into a strong and likeable female lead. She has her demons and strays from the norm by breaking the boundaries in the hopes of getting back into CID. If there is a sniff of trouble in the air – Lucy will find it, demolish it and come out winning, but not without a few bruises along the way!
I really enjoyed that the killer was a female…and a serial killer nonetheless – a true rarity…female serial killers are not what we read about in the papers. Jill The Ripper is on the hunt and it is up to Lucy to catch her and mete out justice.
I also adored Tammy. A vulnerable yet feisty prostitute, that Lucy befriends while undercover. I really wanted and willed Tammy to get her act together and realise the danger she had placed herself in through her vices. In fact, there were times I just wanted to shake her, scream snap out of it and get her ass to safety!!
There are many other characters, men even (ha ha) who add the intensity and darkness that pulls the reader in. I just didn’t want to blab on about their greatness – it is better to read it and feel it for yourself!
I think Paul Finch did a superb job at riling the readers emotions – pulling us right to the brink and then watching us fall. A puppet-master of words! Would I recommed this book? WTAF, are you serious? HELL YEAH I would! I have even bought a few other books from this author, it was THAT good! Head over to amazon via the link below and grab a copy – you’ll see what I mean!
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