The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 20

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

My twentieth #bookvent2017 selection is the fifth book in what is now a seven book series set up in the North East of England. I only started reading the series at the start of this year after getting a recommendation from my sister and as I had a lot of long drives ahead of me I decided to get them all on audio. I powered through the first four books and by the time I came to listen to book five I was not only addicted but so invested in the characters that the tension of this book was off the charts. With one of the main characters in grave danger, a pawn in a very deadly game, this was probably one of the best books in the series. My twentieth #bookvent pick is …

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High Force

by LJ Ross

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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.

After the cliffhanger ending of book four, I think pretty well every fan of the series was desperate to know what fate would fall DI MacKenzie. With Keir Edwards, a.k.a. ‘The Hacker’ in charge of her fate it could be absolutely anything. The tension throughout this book was off the charts and at times I could feel my heart in my throat as LJ Ross pushed us all right to the edge of our very last nerve. For me this series combines not only brilliant story lines and wonderful characters who you can’t help but fall in love with, but it also paints such a vivid picture of the beautiful Northumbrian setting that you can almost feel you are there. The setting becomes almost a character in its own right, so absolutely vital to the plot and so perfectly matched, that to try to set it anywhere else would just be insane. And this story in particular takes you from the urban insanity of Newcastle, to the very remote and isolated farm house which Edwards is using as a base. Now I have my own reasons for loving the latest books in the series and avid readers will know what they are, but for me this one will go down as one of the best. Bringing to a head Ryan’s long running battle with The Hacker if the conclusion to this book doesn’t have you on the edge of your seat, then nothing will.

You can read my full review of High Force right here and purchase a copy of the book from the following links:

Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL