High Force by L.J Ross #BookReview

About this book…

Hell has unleashed a demon – and he’s coming for you…

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan’s worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend – Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend?

There’s a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life – but are they too late?

The clock is ticking…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

My review…

This is fast becoming such a favourite series of mine that I couldn’t wait to read this fifth addition, especially as I only read the 4th book Angel a couple of weeks ago. And as Angel left me with such a craving for more, High Force was hardly on my kindle when it shot to the top of my TBR folder!

So The Hacker is back on the loose and this time he is taking no prisoners, well actually, the main problem here is that he is!!! He has kidnapped DI Denise MacKenzie and the team are up against the clock to try and save her-if she’s still alive. Denise has been a favourite character of mine so it definitely raised my adrenaline levels having her put in such a scary and dangerous position but while we see her strength of character developing, we see Frank start to fall apart. Will the decisions he makes have fatal consequences? And if so, who for?

I found the plotting here scarily fast and the thrill of solving the case more enjoyable than usual as well. We discover more about Keir Edwards at the same time as the team do so there were a couple of times when I was terrified for Anna! She fitted the bill of The Hackers favourite prey plus what a way to further destroy Ryan if she did become the next victim! My heart was in my mouth on more than one occasion!

I have so much admiration for Louise Ross as she has kept this series fresh and intriguing whilst stopping it from becoming repetitive. Her plot twists still shock me as do the unique and graphically described crime scenes. The countryside settings are so picture perfect, it’s such a beautiful area of the country, that it really contrasts with the evil hidden away from DCI Ryan in the picturesque towns and villages. And I’m sure other fans of the series will agree that looking forward to the locations used by this author is just as important as the characters and the crimes they have to solve.

A fine addition to the series and a huge thanks to L.J Ross for providing my review copy of High Force.

High Force: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 5) is available to buy now on Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

LJ Ross

L.J. Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK bestsellers chart. Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield and Angel are also #1 bestsellers. The fifth book in the series, High Force, was released in ebook and paperback format on 31 January 2017. The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store (the audiobook version of High Force will be released in early 2017). Holy Island is also available in German translation.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years until taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Bath. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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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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