It’s my stop on the blog tour for Peter May’s The Man With No Face today and I’m delighted to share my review with you.
First, here’s the blurb …
riverrun (10 Jan. 2019)
A POWERFUL AND PRESCIENT THRILLER FROM THE MILLION-SELLING AUTHOR OF I’LL KEEP YOU SAFE, COFFIN ROAD AND THE BLACKHOUSE.
A REPORTER WITH NO FEAR
Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman is sent to Brussels, intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered.
A CHILD WITH NO FATHER
One victim is a journalist, the other a Cabinet Minister: the double-assassination witnessed by the former’s autistic daughter. This girl recalls every detail about her father’s killer – except for one.
THE MAN WITH NO FACE
With the city rocked by the tragedy, Bannerman is compelled to follow his instincts. He is now fighting to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer.
My thoughts …
Set in Brussels back in the ’70s, just after Britain joined the EU, The Man With No Face tells the story of Kale, the assassin sent to kill two British nationals living in Brussels, and the reporter, Neil Bannerman, who investigates their deaths.
Bannerman has been sent to stay with fellow journalist Tim Slater to report on the political goings on over in Europe. Tim is less than supportive about this but Bannerman soon finds himself enthralled by Tim’s autistic daughter, Tania, and her carer, Sally. Not long after his arrival, the murder takes place but is made to like a double homicide and the government are keen to write it off as solved – they killed each other. But Tania knows different because she saw it all. The only problem is, she is mute and she didn’t see the killer’s face.
In a time when technology was limited, when sexism was rife, and journalists were ruthless in their thirst for a story, Bannerman must convince the world that the deaths weren’t as they seem and try to find the truth behind their murders.
The Man With No Face is a wonderfully thrilling drama that takes us to the cold streets of Brussels and literally chills you to the bone. Atmospheric in its descriptions and settings, the city is almost a character itself, May has a way of sucking you straight onto the pages and giving you the sense you are there alongside the characters. The plot is well-thought-out, twists brilliantly, and had me gripped from the start.
My thanks to Quercus Books and Midas PR for my review copy and place on the tour.
If you fancy a fast-paced thriller, go and grab your copy now!
About the author …
Peter May was born and raised in Scotland. He was an journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BCC, he quit journalism. Over the next fifteen years, he became one of Scotland’s most successful television dramatists before deciding to leave television to return to his first love, writing novels.