Good morning book lovers!
I’ve looked at Rob’s books a few times before and for some reason I always picked the ‘other’ book I was looking at, what the hell was I thinking?!?!?
I was actually given an audible copy of Dark Fragments from the brilliant team over at The Book Club on Facebook’s spin off group for audio books and I am so glad I was!
Here’s the blurb . . .
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?
Dark Fragments is a fast-paced thriller with a blend of mystery, suspense and action that will appeal to readers of psychological thrillers, as well as a broad section of crime, thriller and action fans. If you like authors like Mark Edwards, Robert Bryndza and C.L. Taylor you will love this unforgettable thriller.
My thoughts . . .
OH. MY. F**KING. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!
What an utterly amazing book.
Ben Stephens is down on his luck.
His first wife was murdered, he is estranged from his twin sister and his marriage is on the rocks thanks to the fact he has been involved with a local crime lord, who now wants his money back.
As Ben tells us his story, we are taken to the past and shown how he ends up where he is, whilst the story in the present continues to unravel at a pace that left me continuously breathless!
Rob created a world in which I could believe, we don’t have a story filled with far-flung fights that end up with one man beating twenty others up and getting away from them all unscathed, we don’t have a perfect marriage or stupid characters. What we have is a perfectly believable plot which I was absolutely glued to!
I found listening to books quite difficult to start with, I’m quite an active person and I didn’t like not doing anything whilst listening, so, whilst listening to Dark Fragments I cleaned, and ironed then cleaned some more just so I could keep listening!
All the characters in Dark Fragments are brilliantly written and again, so believable, each one playing an integral role in the plot, each one adding an important dimension to Ben’s story. There is a depth to Rob’s writing that I found completely endearing, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it whilst I was listening but looking back I think it might actually be the simplicity of it, now in saying that I don’t mean in any way that this is a simple book, the twists and turns and shockers are utterly awesome, what I mean is that there are no unnecessary words, every single one matters. There was no need for me to look up a words meaning because the author felt that it would add value to the book by pulling out a thesaurus and instead of saying windy they put tempestuous (this is a massive bugbear of mine by the way even though I am quite an intelligent person!), nor am I saying that Rob’s writing isn’t intelligent.
It is beyond intelligent.
It is enthralling and captivating, it flows in a way that is reminiscent of Harlan Coben and Peter James. It’s real and it gets you. More importantly, you, get it.
It is quite difficult to talk about this book’s overall plot due to the risk of spoilers but please believe me when I say that when a book leaves you constantly shouting out loud, gasping with shock and cleaning the skirting boards so that you can listen to more then you absolutely NEED to buy it! Now! Stop reading and click this link and go get it!!!
I must also comment that the narrator, Matt Bates, was fantastic too!
Thank you so much to the TBConFB Audio Reviewers group, Rob Sinclair and Bloodhound Books for my audio copy of this, it was awesome!!
About the author . . .
Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.
Rob’s first novel, Dance with the Enemy, was published in June 2014 and is the first in the Enemy Series following embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan. Rise of the Enemy, the second book in the series, was released in April 2015, with the third book, Hunt for the Enemy, being released in February 2016. The Enemy series has received widespread critical acclaim with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.
Rob’s latest novel, the pulsating psychological thriller Dark Fragments, released by Bloodhound Books in November 2016, has been described as ‘clever’ and ‘chilling’ and an ‘expertly crafted’ story.
Rob worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. He now writes full time.
Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.
Rob’s website is http://www.robsinclairauthor.com and he can be followed on twitter at @rsinclairauthor