Seven Bridges by L.J. Ross #BookReview @LJRoss_author

About this book…

Ryan’s most explosive case yet…

It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good.

But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences.

Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan’s team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won’t stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it…

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 book 8 in the DCI Ryan series and each book just gets better and better in my opinion! It’s one of the few series that I have on my “must read” list and as soon as I finish one I am desperate to read the next! You can read Seven Bridges as a standalone as there is a complete case within the plot here but I guarantee that if this is your first introduction to Ryan and the team, you will be downloading all the other books in the series after you’ve read this one!

Seven Bridges actually starts with a rather shocking twist that was jaw dropping for me as it was completely unexpected! I’m not saying anymore than that apart from telling you that Ryan has to cope with some very difficult circumstances as well as investigating a bomber who is holding the whole of the area to ransom. The bomb control unit need to be brought in when someone threatens to blow up seven bridges unless they are paid off. So there is plenty of fast paced action for the team as they attempt to find out who is doing this and why? I thought I had it all figured out about half way through but those sneaky little red herrings disguised the whole truth from me until the very end!!

And at that point I wanted to jump up and shout “Bravo!!!!” because this was such a perfectly crafted mystery that just worked well on so many levels for me! There is everything you need for an addictive page turner wrapped up in Seven Bridges. I became involved in the personal lives of characters that I have come to know and care about, I was swept away into the crime procedures as the investigation of an intriguing case took place and finally, I was blown away by the subtle humour that always makes sure I have a huge smile on my face whenever I’m reading a DCI Ryan book.

There were thrilling action sequences that were offset by some quieter, more poignant moments and I found myself on an emotional rollercoaster as I raced through the narrative, never quite knowing which way it was going to go next. Which leads me to that ending and the perfect set up for book 9!

Definitely a must read series that is highly recommended by me!

I received my review copy of Seven Bridges via the author.

Meet the author…

LJ Ross
LJ 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 best sellers chart.

Since then, she has released a further six full-length novels in the DCI Ryan Series, all of which have been top three bestsellers. Cragside, Dark Skies and Seven Bridges (due for release 25 May 2018) were all #1 in the UK on pre-orders alone.

The novels are available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. 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 before 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 Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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