New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.
Social Media can be the death of you …
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend.
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.
Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?
Thanks to Sarah at Book on the Brightside Tours and Liz Mistry for my e-copy of the 6th book in the DI Gus McGuire series, Unseen Evil.
This is the first in the series I’ve read, so I started with a bit of trepidation that I might be missing out or lose some bits from previous books , but that wasn’t the case, it was great to read, even for a new reader of the series like myself, whilst there is of course references to past cases, nothing was given away that will stop me from now going back to book 1 and starting out ( I have the other 5 on my kindle amongst the ever-growing to be read pile as there has always been an intention to read this author).
In the scorching heat of the summer, a teenager is found dead, with a knife protruding from his neck, his phone near by, the last use was a snap chat photo sent to his best friend showing his death.
Di Gus McGuire and his team, my favourite being ‘Compo’ work the investigation.
With more murders turning up, the killer is become more confident, taunting the police with social media to display their prey to the world.
At the same time, Gus has to deal with a stalker, sending him hand delivered letters containing worrying threats.
The book switches between first person, while the killers talk, and back to third person when Gus is at work, this is clever and a style I liked.
Whilst I picked up on who I presumed to be the perpetrator early on, this by no means took away from a twisty, gripping thriller. I was never 100 % sure until the finale. This is a cracking mystery that will keep you guessing.
What I also like is the descriptive portrayal of multicultural Bradford and the grasp of the teenage culture and also the language they use, it’s actually how they talk!
With quite a few storylines running through the book, there is plenty going on to keep you reading, but it never becomes confused, this is superb writing and storytelling.
A premise that is frighteningly possible, highlighting the dangers of social media and also the society we live in. This is a very current thriller, and Liz Mistry, captures all these elements expertly.
I have read some excellent thrillers lately, and this sits firmly among them.
Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.
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