I’m closing down the blog tour for Roger Price’s latest crime thriller, Hidden, today and I’m delighted to be sharing my review.
Here’s the blurb …
Vinnie’s romantic holiday did not go as planned. There was an assault, his companion was threatened and the police asked them to leave.
And when Vinnie returns to his police job in Manchester, things don’t get much better, as he finds himself at the heart of an investigation that stretches from Manchester to all corners of Europe. Women are being trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution, and while the police are diligent in their enquiries, they seem to have a rogue in their midst.
As events unravel, the lines between good and bad, police and criminals, seem to become more and more blurred… and the stakes for all involved are getting higher.
Hidden is Book 3 in Roger Price’s the badge and the pen series, but it can equally be read as a novel in its own right. Existing fans of Vinnie and Christine are bound to love it, but Hidden is also perfect for crime and police fiction lovers, and anybody who loves a fast-paced, gripping story.
My thoughts …
The third book in the Badge and Pen series, Hidden is a well-written and planned twisted crime thriller that can be read as a standalone.
As their romantic holiday comes to a bloody end, Vinnie and Christine return home a little less relaxed than they’d hoped. With women being trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution, Vinnie is thrown into an investigation that will shock him to his core.
One of the things I love most about Roger’s work is the knowledge he draws from his personal experiences in the police force. I adore reading books from authors who write about what they know but it does take a lot of skill to make sure they get the balance right between what really happens, and what their readers need. Price manages to do this just fine – detailing the procedural elements in such a way that anyone will understand what is going on.
The series is getting better and better, so if you haven’t started it yet, get involved, there’s only two before this one so you’re not too far behind.
Hidden opens with a thrilling chapter that sets the scene and pace for the whole book and the pace he tells one doesn’t let up throughout.
I was hooked from the page but life got in the way of me reading this in one sitting, had it not, I’m certain I would have done it in one go!
On his most testing case to date, Vinnie has to really dig deep to solve this one, and with all the twists and turns he faces, I was terrified for him!
Another cracking read, Mr Price, thank you!
Huge thanks to Sarah over at Book on the Bright Side Publicity for my spot on the tour!
Bookworms, go and get your copy now!
About the author …
I’ve spent over thirty years in the police retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert unit. I can’t write about those experiences, but I can base my fiction on them. Please check out my website: http://www.rogerapriceauthor.co.uk. And if you join my Readers’ Club Mailing List you will receive a FREE short story and the odd newsletter, thanks, Roger.