#SleepStealer · Audible · Book Review · Crime Thriller · Louise Ross

#Review #TheInfirmary by L.J. Ross @LJRoss_author #DCIRyan #TheHacker @AudibleUK #SleepStealer #CrimeThriller #Police #CrimeFiction

Once again, Louise Ross has managed to shock to me to the core with her latest book.

The Infirmary is the prologue to her DCI Ryan series and let me tell you, although I knew, to a certain extent, what was going to happen, I was still left reeling and feeling ALL the emotions!

Here’s the blurb … 

Introducing a new multicast drama by LJ Ross, the author of the international number one best-selling series the DCI Ryan mysteries.

There’s a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to ‘catch me if you can’.

As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

This Audible Original drama stars Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Jekyll & Hyde, Snatched), Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Les Misérables), Hermione Norris (Spooks, Cold Feet) and Kevin Whately (Lewis, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and is a prequel to the DCI Ryan series.

My thoughts … 

What a bloody stonkingly brilliant book. The Infirmary blew me away!

The multicast ensemble worked fantastically. I’ve always ‘heard’ the characters in the books I read so I was over the moon to discover Kevin Whately was playing Frank Phillips. He’s perfect for him!

Now, if you’ve read any of the DCI Ryan books (if not, why not?!) you will know the outcome of this one before you start it, but do not, I repeat – do not!! – let that put you off! You must get this, and you must have the day free to listen to it all.

The stellar cast, with Hermione Norris narrating, brings these much-loved characters to life, and takes us on the harrowing and chilling journey of their biggest case to date together.

DCI Ryan is a recent addition to the force of Northumbria CID and is still finding his feet with the big boss and some of the existing force as they see him as an outsider. Putting personal struggles to the side though, Ryan and the team must hunt a killer who thinks he is far too clever for them.

As the body count rises, Ryan and Phillips are pulled into a game of cat and mouse, and at times it feels like they are the mouse.

Nothing at all can prepare you for the conclusion of this one, even knowing how it ends! That’s how brilliant a writer Ross is. We know how this one ends, we know exactly what happens, but it’s still a shock. It’s still raw, and emotional and it knocked me for six.

Ross has a knack for getting under your skin and pulling you into the pages of her world, and once you’ve been there once or twice, it’s so bloody easy to fall straight back in there as soon as you open the first page of the next book. She creates villains so despicable and creepy it’s easy to forget they’re made up. The Infirmary starts with the police chasing their suspect through the market and it ends in nothing less than disaster – it’s a cracking start and completely sucks you into the action.

Hitting the ground running, we are then thrown from pillar to post as the chase is on to catch a sick and twisted killer and as we twist and turn through the evidence, we are taken on a whirlwind journey that doesn’t let up and which left me breathless.


Just bloody brilliant.

The Infirmary is fantastic and a must listen-to for any fans of crime fiction. The cast is wonderful and bring the characters to life in a way that kept my expectations from the previous books and I loved every second of it!

Go and get it now!


About 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 seven full-length novels in the DCI Ryan Series, all of which have been top three bestsellers. Cragside, Dark Skies, Seven Bridges and The Hermitage (due for release 20 October 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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