I’m very excited to be the final stop on the Soho Honey blog tour and will give you a chance to find out what the book is about and also give you a more in-depth look into one of the characters Harry.
About the book…
This contemporary crime story takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London. Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho’s underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death
Character synopsis of Harry…
Harry is driven by sexual frustration and suffers from self-induced paranoia brought about by his drug addiction. He seeks solace in his mead and vodka cocktails and his consumption of amphetamines. He is a loner and although he won’t admit it he is lonely. He is both a misogynist and a misanthrope and does not have a relationships or friends. He finds comfort in his bees and admires their hierarchical society – he considers himself to be the queen bee. He is a troubled man who lives in his sexual fantasies and until the arrival of Carrie in his life, paid to satisfy his sexual needs. His clothing does not appear to change. He wears grey worsted trousers, white drip-dry shirt and a grey knitted cardigan topped off with a straw boater to promote his ‘Jack the lad’ image that he likes to convey to the general public. He drives a scruffy ruby red Datsun and works for a mini-cab company run by the Brothers from a kiosk in Old Compton Street.
Well then, let’s just start with that fabulous cover! It’s luscious and invites you into this unusually named novel. Once inside though I started to get a bit worried! There were 4 pages of characters explaining who they were and also some abbreviations explained too for those of us not in the know! It totally confused me so my advice is to skip it and only refer back if you need to. I found I didn’t need to once, as the chapters are all labelled accordingly with whichever character we are following at the time.
The story for me took a little bit of time to get into but once we watch an incredibly well known incident take place, it starts to warm up. After the death of Carrie when Branen comes back to the UK to find out who murdered her and why, that’s when the story really took off for me. The author has obviously put his heart and soul into his fictional creations and his depth of knowledge and research really shows. I almost felt I was in Soho at times, it came to life very vividly and practically lifted off the pages so I could smell and even feel the atmosphere. There is a lot of sex, violence and drugs as you would expect but it’s all integral to the plot. I loved The Controller character (large gin, little tonic!) And was gobsmacked several times by twists in the plot. Warning though, this ends on a cliffhanger ripe for part two. Thrillers such as this one aren’t normally my cup of tea but if you want a thriller with a difference then this is the one for you.
Many thanks to Kate Appleton at authoright and Clink Street Publishing for my review copy.
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