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I was hoping for some sort of a plot turn. I understand however that Peter James is very good at the this genre and the book certainly does take you along in the footsteps of the c This was an ARC won from GoodReads. I understand however that Peter James is very good at the this genre and the book certainly does take you along in the footsteps of the crime division. It is also important to note that this is a 7th or 8th book involving Detective Roy Grace and there is an ongoing story line there involving his missing ex-wife and current new love-interest.

He is also building upon his setting in the town of Brighton, England throughout this series so having only read one book does not give me the entire scope of his writing. Apparently he is a beloved author and has a big following for these books. The writing was tight and cohesive. I give two stars because I don't care much for this genre and found the story a bit uninteresting.

There was a bit of suspense at the end, but I also knew that the end would involve saving the character who was currently in trouble so it was not very exciting.

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The reader knows all along what is happening and by whom, and follows the police as they try to solve the crime and catch the killer. There was nothing unexpected. Feb 14, Michael rated it really liked it. The seventh in the Roy Grace series. The opening few chapters involving a road traffic accident sets the scene. Without explaining plot spoilers, those involved in the accident become potential targets for the killer.

Overall I enjoyed the book- PJ never disappoints for me. I love the snappy short chapters that are PJ trademark. However, I'm finding it hard to rate as some of the plot strands tend to be significantly less realistic. Peter James is such a wonderful author This book kept surprising me all the way through - I would never want to get on the wrong side of this man. He has so many novel ways of doing a person in!

In this chilling psychological thriller, a fatal traffic accident has unforeseen and unimaginable consequences. But when breathalysed she is found to be driving over the limit. Carless, due to be prosecuted in court, and suffering the disdain of her young son, she thinks life can't get much worse. How wrong she is. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved are found tortured and murdered.

View all 3 comments. Jun 08, Marina rated it liked it. View 1 comment. This is one of my favourites of the series so far. I really enjoyed it. I saw some reviewers weren't keen on this one, whereas I've felt like that with some of the preceding tales. It was a good story based around an accident involving a cyclist, a car, a lorry and a van I enjoyed the relationship of Tooth and his associate and I'm so happy the as This is one of my favourites of the series so far.

I enjoyed the relationship of Tooth and his associate and I'm so happy the associate didn't end up maimed, abused or dead. Thankyou for this! I would find this pretty hard to believe when we have the likes of London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham to contend with!!


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He also refers to The Devil's Dyke which I always thought was just Devil's Dyke, and it turned out Wikipedia agrees with me and loses The from it, although I expected to be wrong seeing as this author also knows the area well. Something else mentioned made me think, too. When was the last time you checked your registration plates on your car? You just don't, do you?

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In case somebody swaps them I like to think I'd spot this right away but I'm not sure I would I am a bit irritated that he always goes with American spellings in his Kindle books, though. Either that, or the publisher is sticking the wrong version up on the Amazon UK site Life was used and not lives, and struck and not striking, the apostrophe in git's and then boys' in the wrong place for both and I'm sure his books have had hyphen issues before. There are a few examples again in this book-up-andover door, Shore-ham, spoonfed, Kings-way more than once.

These really should be spotted pre-publication if I can!! There were some very funny little lines throughout which had me giggling The plane landed hard, hitting the runway like the pilot hadn't realised it was there If I heard about the minstrel's gallery once more I was ready to combust and it seems that at every briefing Grace held, without fail, some idiot's phone went off!! I laughed to myself when he asked at one point, " It leaves us with a dum, dum, dum moment right at the end to lead us into the next instalment, I hope.

I'm looking forward to it. View all 7 comments. For some reason it actually took a little while to get into this. Normally i devour one of these in a few days. I'm not sure if it was the description of the novel i read from the dust cover, or the involvement of the Mafia in a British police procedural. Or it may be because i also obtained all of the Jack Frost novels at around the same time and couldn't wait to get through those. Anyway, under pressure of getting the book of to the mother in-law who also loves crime novels, i final For some reason it actually took a little while to get into this.

Anyway, under pressure of getting the book of to the mother in-law who also loves crime novels, i finally got stuck in and was not disappointed. If anything Peter James has done more research than usual so the involvement of the Mafia did not seem incongrous or jar at all. Also the story travelled along at a good pace, the main characters were realistic, if not always likable and their reactions entirely human. If i had any problems at all it was with the Sandy sideplot, but that still needs to play out and i'm sure that the author has things still to reveal there which i'm sure will redress that balance.


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View 2 comments. I keep getting sucked in by the great blurbs by people I really like, praising Peter James to the skies.

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And I really like good police procedurals, especially British and European ones - there are hundreds of them on my bookshelves. But Roy Grace leaves me lukewarm. He's a bit of a sad case - and the missing wife back story seems more of a distraction than an illumination. He reminds me a bit of Charlie Brown. This book has some decent bits - the attempt to rescue the kidnapped boy at I keep getting sucked in by the great blurbs by people I really like, praising Peter James to the skies.

This book has some decent bits - the attempt to rescue the kidnapped boy at the end is pretty exciting. But there just isn't the emotional resonance or the humor - of any sort, ironic, black, whatever - that draws me into a character and a series.

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May 26, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: audio-books. I can't believe I'd never heard of Peter James before I happened upon this book from the library, but it's certainly whet my appetite to catch up on all his previous works.

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The audiobook version was brilliantly read by Jamie Glover. Too grisly for me, but I had to know what happened. So I raced through it. I can calm down now.

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My next book will have to be a much slower ride. May 27, Amy Andrea rated it really liked it. This book keeps you entertained and wanting to read more. The author switches the point of views from chapter to chapter keeping the reader involved and thinking. It is an exciting read about a girl, Carly, involved in a car crash.

However, you later find out that it was not just an ordinary car crash. It turns out that the other drivers involved were tortured and killed before the crash and Carly was the target. As the police further investigate and offer her protective help, she declines and knows that those responsible can hunt her down if she goes into protection.

As she tries to out run her killers, they are already one step ahead of her.

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