THE HANGED MAN #Review @nholten40 @simonkernick @DeadGoodBooks @PenguinUKBooks

Happy Publication Day, Simon Kernick! 


A house deep in the countryside where the remains of seven unidentified women have just been discovered.

A cop ready to risk everything in the hunt for their killers.

A man who has seen the murders and is now on the run in fear of his life.

So begins the race to track down this witness before the killers do.

For Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, the road ahead is a dangerous one, with bodies and betrayal at every turn…

My Rating: 5/5


My Review:

Eeeeek! I am super excited to share my review of this book with you all today! My thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a review copy!

The reader is instantly faced with secrets, organised crime, betrayal, power, greed, anger, payback, the hunted vs the prey, guilt, relationships and justice. There is a great opening that leads straight into chapter one and takes us back to where it began in The Bone Field.

I was soooooo NOT disappointed when I began to read this book, but being a HUGE fan of this author, I really had no fear on that front! I absolutely love Simon Kernick’s writing style – you are pulled right into the pages and certainly feel a part of the story as the plot unfolds. There was an intense build up and the ever so important #killerhook that had me racing through this compelling storyline! I thoroughly enjoyed the mixed POV so that we got a varied perspective.

Oooooh – the characters…anyone who reads my reviews will know how much I value characters and this book was filled with a fantastic mix that had me drawn in. Ray Mason works for the NCA and is driven to bring down the leader of an organised crime gang that has tormented the streets for a long time – Cem Kalaman! Ray is determined, strong-willed and a risk-taker in my view…but I loved that about him! With his terrible childhood haunting him, his drive really gets under the readers skin.

Cem Kalaman is one of those characters who intrigues and repulses you at the same time. Ruthless, he has secrets that if uncovered, would shatter the very existence he has become used to. With a predatory nature, he is evil, destructive and one person you would not want crossing your path!

I absolutely loved Dan – who was on a pure self destruct mode with his work life overshadowing his personal life and an inner conflict/anger bubbling to the surface, as I reader I really felt for him.

Tina Boyd had to be one of my firm favourites though – in a relationship with Ray – they just work! Tina has a secret and is a recovering alcoholic ex cop turned PI — to say she has a lot going on is an understatement! Tina is clever, confident and like Ray, a risk taker but she has a steely determination that you just have to admire!

OMFG- Lola and Alistair Sheridan ….WTAF!? I am not going to say anymore about this brother and sister – except ..well, no– I am not even going to go there, read the book and find out yourself!

Talk about eery, creepy and totally twisted…meet Mr Bone! An evil sociopath who works for the Kalaman family cleaning up their….mess…this guy will make your skin crawl.

There are so many others I want to talk about- like Ray’s father….holy sh*tballs! However, the above are the ones that have stayed with me so definitely worth a mention.  This was an enthralling, twisted and absolutely unputdownable read that I urge people to go out and buy.  Although it is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.