18th March 2019 – 4 stars.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Roy Grace novels, getting to know the characters, loving the inventive plots and twists and attention to detail.
I enjoyed Want You Dead, but it took me a while to get into the story, perhaps because I knew the identity of the bad guy and his goal from the start. It took away some of the mystery and suspense.
Bryce Laurent was certainly a cruel and dangerous character, obsessed with a former girlfriend, and prepared to go to any lengths to punish her. He certainly had a remarkable range of skills with which to pursue her and make life hell.
By its very nature, obsession is relentless and focused, leading to repetition and a restricted plot. However, the running stories concerning Grace’s former wife and some of the key characters in the Major Crime Team provided extra layers of interest, humour and a touch of sadness.
The story builds to an explosive and exciting climax, rounded off with a customary final twist when it looked like there were no surprises left.
A cracking read from a highly recommended series.
If he can’t have her, then nobody can. . .
Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead. . .
Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that’s crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and – who knows – maybe more?
When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.
Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But Red’s nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved – and then her too . . .
From number one bestselling crime and thriller writer Peter James comes Want You Dead, the tenth book in his multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace.