After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally beginning to return to normal and he’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée.
Then, on Good Friday morning he is called out to a crime scene at one of the largest cemeteries in Newcastle. The body of a redheaded woman has been found buried in a shallow grave and the killer has given her wings, like an angel.
Soon, another woman is found at a different cemetery, followed quickly by another. Panic spreads like wildfire as a new serial killer is born, and Ryan’s band of detectives must work around the clock to unmask him before he can strike again.
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
WOW! WOW! WOW! I thought it was impossible for this author to write a book which is better than the first three brilliant books in her DCI Ryan series. But hey! She. Has. Done. It!! 'Angel' is just FANTASTIC!! I absolutely LOVED it, and yes even more than the others, and THAT is saying something!
The story starts in 1990 with a girl falling to her death while trying to escape from somewhere. Who was this girl? From where was she trying to escape? At this point we don't know, but this girl will have a lot to do with how the story progresses.
"He had been chosen. This work and the salvation he could bring was the reason he had been born."
Then we're at the present. Easter time. A serial killer is on a mission, performing God's work (as far as he's concerned), killing redheaded women and dumping their bodies in local cemeteries, arranging their bodies as if they were angels in flight. DCI Ryan and DS Phillips rush to the first scene to start their investigation. Will Ryan's ability to step into the mind of the killer help him stop this psycho? How many women will have to die before he and his team can work out his identity? Why is this killer targeting redheads? And why is he dumping them in cemeteries?
With difference to the first three books in the series, which I suggest to be read in order, this book can be read as a standalone. There are a few references to what happened in the other books, but nothing that can't be worked out by the reader.
This book is superbly penned with a brilliantly weaved, fast-paced, suspenseful plot that kept me on my toes with my interest high at all times. I loved the religious element entwined in the plot. The author's vivid descriptions bring everything to life and even though I've never visited the places described I could imagine them with absolute clarity. I felt as if I was there, a passive character watching what was happening, but I didn't want to be there in the dark, wet streets or in the spooky cemeteries in close proximity to this vicious killer. It was simply too terrifying. The murder scenes are so realistically written, they honestly made me hold my breath and clutch at my throat.
This is definitely much better than watching a chilling thriller on TV!
DCI Ryan and his team are absolutely one of the best fictional police teams I had the pleasure to read about. They are not just names written within the text, but realistic, living humans with flesh, blood and feelings that interact with each other and reach out to the reader.
And the heart-pumping drama never stops, and when I say never, it's NEVER! Something absolutely dreadful happens at the end of this book. OMG no!!!! Oops!! I'm saying nothing more, sorry! Hey Ms Ross you're a real tease, just saying! And as far as tension is concerned you don't spare a page, do you? Now I can't wait for book 5 to come out.
Angel is without doubt one of the best books I've read this year and hence it goes straight up to my top reads for 2016. Obviously I highly recommend, not only this book but the whole series.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this fab book.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, LJ Ross graduated from King's College London with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law and continued her studies in Paris and Florence. After working in the City as a regulatory lawyer for a number of years, she realised it was high time for a change. The catalyst was the birth of her son, which forced her to take a break from the legal world and find time for some of the detective stories which had been percolating for a while and finally demanded to be written.
She lives with her husband and young son in the south of England, but will always be a northern girl at heart.
Her first book, "Holy Island", has consistently been listed as an Amazon bestseller since its release in January 2015 and hit the Amazon UK Kindle #1 position in May 2015. Its sequel, "Sycamore Gap" was also a top ten bestseller and the third in the series, 'Heavenfield' was released on 8th March.