A massive Happy Publication Day to author LJ Ross whose latest DCI Ryan novel, Seven Bridges, is released into the world today. I have loved reading this series and have to say thanks to Mandie for the recommendation. Hooked from the very first audio book. When I got offered the chance of a sneak preview of this one, well – I could hardly refuse could I?
Does it live up to the others? Let’s take a look at what it’s all about shall we?
About the Book
Ryan’s most explosive case yet…
It’s been five months since a killer walked free and DCI Ryan is preparing to leave Newcastle to hunt him down – this time, for good.
But Ryan’s plans are scuppered when events take a dramatic turn and he is forced to stay and face his past one last time, or watch a friend suffer the consequences.
Amid the chaos, another killer is preparing to strike. When the Tyne Bridge explodes, Ryan’s team are faced with a frantic race to uncover a deadly foe who won’t stop until every bridge is burned, along with everybody on it…
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
Oh golly. This is one tough book to review. For all the right reasons of course, the main one being that one of the central threads of the story that I really want to talk about, I can’t. It would be too much of a spoiler. So instead I shall just say this – this book is really good. You really, really should read it. If you have not read any of the others, you really, really, really should go and read those first but if you are already a fan you are in for a treat.
That’s it. Review over. Nowt else to see here …
Okay – so maybe I lied just a little. But I really can’t talk about the plot much more than what is written above. However, for those who do choose to read the book be warned – I am a named character so yes that is me, but no – this is totally not modelled on real life. I may be a cow at times but I’m not that bad. (Don’t ask my staff – just take my word for it…) My namesake is back in this book, albeit in a much smaller role, but still able to cause all hell for Ryan and his friends. It seems she really can do that without even trying … 😉 You can read how for yourself.
But because one set of problems is never enough, LJ Ross has pitted Ryan and co against a very deadly and seemingly indiscriminate foe threatening to destroy the key bridges in and out of the city of Newcastle. Their motive seems a very simple one, their methods quite severe. This leads to the team having to work closely with the local bomb disposal team, introducing the reader to some very colourful, if occasionally obnoxious, characters. This aspect of the investigation really brings a heightened tension and sense of jeopardy to proceedings, something which LJ Ross has proven very adept at doing, time and time again.
I do love the DCI Ryan series. Not only are there some fantastic characters to get behind and root for, but LJ Ross has instilled such a key sense of place in the narrative that you can almost feel like you are part of the action. Not that this would have been quite so picturesque experience in this book due to the destructive nature of the plot against the city, but she certainly captures the spirit of the north-east and lays it bare on each and every page. I love it. The whole team is there, showing once again why we love them. As much as Ryan and Anna are the central protagonists, Frank Phillips and Denise MacKenzie are also two people who I have grown very attached to over the course of the series.
And then of course there is Jack Lowerson. Don’t you just want to mother him? You will find out the results of his ill-advised dalliance with one of the other characters in this book. Makes for some interesting reading and perhaps one moment of complete controversy and somewhat of a taboo topic skirted around if not wholly proven … Enough said.
And oh that ending. Bringing us back, full circle, to the preceding story line of Dark Skies and promising for a very interesting, action packed and somewhat more continental book nine. I for one cannot wait.
My thanks to author LJ Ross for providing the advance copy of the books for review. I don’t think I’ve expressed half as much as I’d like to about why I loved this book but – you know – spoilers … If you’d like to find out more you can bag your own copy of the book from the following links:
About the Author
LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK best sellers chart.
Since then, she has released a further six full-length novels in the DCI Ryan Series, all of which have been top three bestsellers. Cragside, Dark Skies and Seven Bridges (due for release 25 May 2018) were all #1 in the UK on pre-orders alone.
The novels are available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. Holy Island is also available in German translation.
Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate Law at King’s College, University of London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.
Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends