Tethered to the Dead by Robin Roughley
5/5 stars. Tethered to the Dead is delivered with wit and verve, making this an exciting read with a lead character you can’t help rooting for in both his professional and private lives.
Sometimes, living a life of privilege can come at a price that is impossible to pay.
At sixteen, Kelly Ramsey has a seemingly perfect life, adored by her parents, popular at school; a golden girl who has everything to live for. However, when she fails to return from her leavers’ prom, the lives of those closest to her are thrown into a world of recrimination and terror.
As the search for the missing girl unfolds, DS Lasser discovers that everyone involved has their own agenda and not everyone can be trusted.
Difficult enough, but Lasser’s boss knows the Ramsey family, has close ties, making it impossible for him to concentrate on the job.
With the clock ticking, Lasser battles to uncover the truth, and makes a discovery that rocks him to the core, as he learns that even tainted blood is thicker than water.
I loved the first two books in the DS Lasser series and started this one with high expectations. I was not disappointed.
Like the previous novels, it starts off with a simple enough problem – in this case a 16 year old girl hasn’t returned from her school prom. Then there’s the added pressure from Lasser’s boss, DCI Bannister, who has close connections to the family. And from this humble opening, all hell breaks loose. With each chapter, the plot becomes more complicated and the bodies start to pile up, driving the story towards it’s pressure cooker ending, which packed a few surprises.
But it’s not all about the plot. The characters, from the main players to the minor ones, are vividly created and portrayed with minimal effort. The author gets inside their heads and reveals their characters so we understand them and their agendas immediately. The conflict scenes are also handled with great confidence and verve, adding to the tension and conflict.
I have to say that DS Lasser reminds me of Dirty Harry. While he may not carry a Magnum, Lasser has the same tenacity, resolve and no nonsense approach to those who break the law. He isn’t afraid to stretch the boundaries to get results, but his motives are always honourable and in favour of the victim. There’s even time for him to show an understanding of Greek mythology, adding yet another layer to this complex character.
The seedier side of Wigan’s nightlife is vividly portrayed with a fair level of social comment that doesn’t judge, but leaves you in no doubt about what goes on in certain areas of the town.
Tethered to the Dead is delivered with wit and verve, making this an exciting read with a lead character you can’t help rooting for in both his professional and private lives.
I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series..
A brilliant 5/5 stars