Bloq by Alan Jones

About this book..

A gritty crime thriller. Glasgow man Bill Ingram waits in the city’s Central Station to meet his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train pulls in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.


My review..

Wow! Although I read this book in an entire day, I decided to wait till morning to write my review as I wasn’t quite ready to let go of it yet! Strange feeling but I’m sure that a lot of you will understand after you have read this book and you do absolutely HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! It grabbed hold of me from the graphically described “funeral” on the first page and wouldn’t let me go.

Bill, a recent widower, goes to pick his daughter up from the train station in Glasgow on Christmas Eve. She isn’t on her train so he waits and meets every train from London until there are no more. She isn’t answering her mobile phone or house phone so Bill makes the decision to drive to London to try to find out what has happened to her. What happens next is every parents worse nightmare as the search for Carol takes over Bill’s life and leads him into a murky underground world of drugs and organised crime.

This book covers a very real and difficult subject and so is very graphic in its language and descriptions as you would expect. As a parent of adult daughter’s myself, I totally got Bill from the first time I met him. That feeling of wanting to protect your child never goes away, no matter what age they are and as I read it I felt very emotional. It brings to home how you never know what’s round the corner and how one small decision can change your life’s path for ever. And that ending…..!! Made me wish I had never started the book so I could go back and read it all again. It’s one of those where you miss the characters as soon as so finish.

I adored Alan’s writing and the way he developed the storyline, it made me visual the book in a way that rarely happens for me. I’m sure I won’t be the first (or last!!) to say that this would make an absolutely brilliant screenplay for the big screen and I have to admit that I imagined Bill as Liam Neeson the whole of the way through (I know he is Irish not a Scot so apologies now but my mind saw what my mind saw!).

As this was the first of this authors books I have read (this one was very kindly given to me by Alan Jones in return for an unbiased review) I now need to catch up on the others. If you like authentic gritty crime dramas with a side order of emotional suspense and a sympathetic main character then you are going to LOVE this!

🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳 5/5

Out on April 1st 2016

Available to pre-order here



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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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