5/5 stars. It was always going to be difficult to follow the breath-taking excitement and climax of Angel, the previous novel in the series, but High Force is simply stunning.
With Denise Mackenzie held captive by ‘The Hacker’, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The need to find him before he kills again is palpable in every chapter. And it couldn’t get more personal.
With pressure from the media and the top brass, Ryan and Philips must set aside their pain and fears to hunt down The Hacker, who has seemingly disappeared without trace.
It’s fascinating to follow the trail of breadcrumbs that offers little hope at first. But the desperation and anxieties reveal the true depth of the friendships and respect the key players have for one another. The occasional glimpses into Ryan’s past also offer details that helped me understand him and what drove him to become a detective. These small details revealed the intensity of his beliefs and principles, which made him an even more engaging character to root for.
And as for the climax – let me just say that I couldn’t put the story down until the last breathless words were read and digested. Talk about tense and exciting … I was exhausted, but exhilarated.
The series grows better and stronger with every book, revealing a writer at the top of her game. But please read them in order to get the most out of these wonderful novels.
Hell has unleashed a demon – and he’s coming for you…
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan’s worst nightmare has just become a reality. Notorious serial killer The Hacker has escaped prison and kidnapped one of his best detectives from her own home. His brutality is the stuff of legend – Ryan lost his sister and nearly his own life bringing the man to justice first time around. Can Ryan do it again to save his friend?
There’s a nationwide manhunt underway but the trail has gone cold and fear spreads like a virus. Ryan and his team must find The Hacker before he takes another life – but are they too late?
The clock is ticking…
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.