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.
The DCI Ryan series of books by LJ Ross is absolutely one of my favourite. I read, enjoyed and above all LOVED each and every one of them. So, I was ecstatic when the author announced the publication of her fifth instalment, 'High Force'. Now that I've read it, I find myself gobsmacked again and wondering how this author manages to write such brilliant, entertaining books time and time again.
'High Force' can be read as a standalone, but since the story picks up exactly where the previous book has left us, I would recommend reading 'Angel' first (which btw is just fantastic and one of my top reads of 2016).
"It feels like she's dead already."
The vicious serial killer known as The Hacker has been mentioned to some extent in all books in the series, but in High Force he's given central stage - he's on the loose and as bloodthirsty as ever. He's just kidnapped DI Denise MacKenzie from her home. Knowing that her life is in grave danger, Ryan and his team members, especially Phillips, are desperate to find and save her from the monster's clutches. The Hacker is hell bent on exacting vengeance on Ryan, but not before pushing him to his limit and shedding more innocent blood. The clock is ticking... will they make it on time to apprehend The Hacker and save Denise?
Thanks to the author's superb writing and excellent characterisation, this suspenseful book kept me on edge at all times. The murder scenes are quite gruesome and require a strong stomach. The author did a great job in portraying and building Denise's distress and hopelessness and the team's anguish and desperation in locating her before it's too late.
Balancing evil and darkness in this book are the author's vivid beautiful scenery descriptions which made me feel as if I were there, travelling through the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, with its lush green valleys and wooded dells. I actually had to google and learn more about the beautiful areas described such as High Force waterfall which I had never heard of!
At the end, following a breathtaking finale, the author leaves the reader with one or two questions in mind. Hmmm... will I find the answers in the next book? I'm dying with curiosity...
Needless to say I highly recommend this book and the whole series. They're all gripping, suspenseful, well-written books.
With thanks to the author for a review copy of this fab book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
L.J. 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 bestsellers chart. Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield and Angel are also #1 bestsellers. The fifth book in the series, High Force, was released in ebook and paperback format on 31 January 2017. The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store (the audiobook version of High Force will be released in early 2017). 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 until 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 Bath. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.