I am thrilled today to be part of the blog tour for Rob Sinclair’s first book for Bloodhound Books called Dark Fragments. I have a review of the book today but don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the tour this week.
About this book…
Murder. Money. Revenge.
Outwardly, Ben Stephens appears to be a normal, hard-working family man. In reality, his life has been in turmoil since the murder of his wife, Alice, seven years ago. The killer was never caught.
Now re-married – to the woman he was having an affair with while still married to Alice – Ben’s life is once again spiralling out of control, and he’s become heavily indebted to an unscrupulous criminal who is baying for Ben’s blood.
When Ben’s estranged twin sister, a police detective, unexpectedly returns to his life, asking too many questions for comfort, it becomes clear that without action, Ben’s life will soon reach a crisis point from which there will be no return.
In order to avoid falling further into the mire, Ben must examine the past if he is to survive the present – but just how much pressure can one man take before he breaks?
This is the first Rob Sinclair book I have read but my husband has read and enjoyed the Enemy series so that’s a good enough recommendation for me! Although this is promoted as a stand alone psychological thriller, it would be great if this was the start of a new series as there were certain characters here that I’d like to see again in the future especially if they were fleshed out a little bit next time.
Ben Stephens isn’t an ideal husband but he has had a pretty tough time of things recently. Following the unsolved murder of his wife Alice who was the love of his life, Ben married Gemma and they now live with their daughter Chloe and Ben and Alice’s son, Harry. But Ben has got in over his head with some dodgy criminal types and its affecting his family life. His twin sister turns up with some devastating news that leads Ben into making decisions he may live to regret. And he does make some really REALLY stupid decisions here! Which is why I have to say that I thought Ben a rather self obsessed character who seemed to have problems thinking before acting! And his attitude to women really didn’t do him any favours either as we come to find out!
This is a fast paced thriller that will appeal to crime fans and thriller fans alike. Not as fast paced as a Simon Kernick novel perhaps but it will certainly be of interest if you’re a fan of that author. The police action takes second place to Ben and his path of self destruction but his twin sister Dani shines in every scene she’s in and not used enough in my opinion. Most of their exchanges are not police related but show an insight into their estranged twin relationship. I can’t say I liked Ben very much but then again I don’t think I was supposed to! So I was glad that I did find myself slowly becoming involved in his dodgy dealings and managed to read this in one sleepless night! An enjoyable and well executed thriller.
Thank you to Bloodhound books for my review copy of Dark Fragments.
Dark Fragments: a fast paced psychological thriller is published by Bloodhound books on 8th November 2016 and available here at Amazon UK