When you snuggle up in bed for a nice early night and your email pings on your phone, there’s a little internal struggle as to whether or not to read it. This happened to me a few weeks ago, it was 10.30 p.m. and I looked at the email in question.
Sender: Louise Ross
Subject: Dark Skies ARC
Cue my happy dance (on a go-slow as the hubby was asleep next to me) but still … I did a happy dance and squealed a little before cracking open a box of Quality Streets and getting tucked in to the next chapter in DCI Ryan’s story.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s the bookish info you need …
Beware what lies beneath…
One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost.
Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
My thoughts …
What a bloody book!
Once again, Ross knocks it outta the park with her twisty plots and slick writing.
New superintendent, Jen Lucas (still makes me feel all funny that I know this character – real life Jen Lucas won a charity auction to be a named character) is really setting the tone for her working relationship with old enemy, DCI Ryan and the team and she starts by planting bits of information about Ryan into the heads of the team.
Then, when a body is recovered from a nearby reservoir, the team are pulled in different directions.
It’s quite hard to talk about the plot on this one without giving too much away but trust me, this is Ross’s best work yet!
I adore her writing style, its dark and deep but peppered with a black humour you can only expect from those who work with death on a regular basis. Ross handles these elements with a certain panache and it makes for a more compelling and overall, compulsive read.
Dark Skies brings out a side to some of the team members that hasn’t been fully seen before, the emotions jump off the pages and drag you into the lives of the characters which we have come to love over the series and just adds to the enjoyment of the book.
As the plot thickens and the team are racing against the clock to catch a killer, they aren’t expecting to have someone on the inside try and hinder their investigations.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Skies, read it in two sittings and was completely engrossed in the world that Ross created. Once again, the Northumberland countryside is one of the main characters and the details that Ross shares and the way she is able to bring those places to life on the pages is completely inspiring. A complete masterclass in showing not telling. Authors old and new take note – this is how you set a scene!
Massive thanks for my review copy, it’s a bloody belter!
Want your copy? Of course you do … Currently sat at number 1 in ALL it’s categories on Amazon, Dark Skies is one you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!!!
About the author …
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.
Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield, Angel and High Force were all top five UK best sellers and she recently hit the top of the charts again with her sixth book, Cragside, which was number one in the UK on pre-orders alone.
The novels are all 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.
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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