“What would you do if your most intimate secrets got into the wrong hands?”
Set in modern day Cumbria, I Know Your Secret is a police thriller in which a priest is found crucifiedto the stone floor of his church. Fearing more attacks on the clergy, DI John Campbell and his team of misfits race to find the killer before he strikes again.
Meanwhile, DI Harry Evans, spends his days attending the trial of his wife’s rapist and his nights interfering in the investigation.
Can they catch the killer before he strikes again?
Having read and enjoyed 'Snatched from Home' and 'Matching the Evidence' by Graham Smith - both brilliant reads - I couldn't wait for the next DI Harry Evans instalment to come along. Now that I've read it, I can honestly say that this book is absolutely the author's best to date.
This book picks up at exactly the same point where MtE leaves us, however it can very well be read as a standalone. It's DI Evans' hardest week ever. Not only it's his last week on the force after thirty years' service, it is also the week in which the man responsible for his wife's death is taken to court to stand trial.
At the Major Crimes Team, with Evans' imminent retirement, DI Campbell has to prove his worth as his replacement. A challenge, in the form of a gruesome murder case is soon thrown at him to investigate and solve. A priest is found crucified on the stone floor of his church. Who would do such a horrific thing to a man of God, a priest who's done nothing but good in his life? But you don't get crucified for nothing, no? Suspecting a serial killer is on the loose, Campbell and his team find themselves in a race against time to try and stop this mad person.
Meanwhile someone is blackmailing people, threatening to expose their most intimate secrets if they don't pay weekly settlements. But who is this person? Why are they doing this? And above all, how are they finding out about their victims' secrets?
Well, Graham Smith has once again taken me on a fast-paced, heart-pumping rollercoaster ride. Even though there were multiple storylines developing at the same time, I never felt confused. On the contrary, the more I read and the more the various story threads began to be skilfully interwoven together, the more I became intrigued to a point where I couldn't stop reading.
The suspense never stops in this book. I liked the way in which the author continuously shifts from one tense storyline to another, all the time keeping the readers on their toes, biting their nails. On one hand we have Campbell and the team (with Evan's input) trying to solve the various cases, going through endless lists of possible suspects to the various crimes, and on the other we have Evans inside the courtroom facing his wife's rapist, hearing the attorneys' speeches, hoping justice is served and reliving the horror Janet went through at the hands of this callous individual. The court scenes felt so real. It was as if I was there in the courtroom watching the proceedings. Those scenes are very emotional and made me think of John Grisham's books - yes, they're that good!
Due to the trial and the imminent kick up his backside, in this book Evans is somewhat more subdued, and his rude, bossy character is less evident than it was in Snatched, giving way to a softer, more gentle side to his character. Well, though sometimes irritating, I actually prefer the rough, brusque DI Evans I met in Snatched. I really hope Mr Smith keeps Evans (the ill-mannered one!) at play in his future books. What will happen now that his time on the force is up? Well we might have a hint in the last part of this book.
Jam-packed with intriguing cases and storylines, fantastic characters, various OMG moments and twists and turns, this book is simply brilliant and it kept me hooked to my kindle from start to finish. Highly recommended!
With thanks to the author and Caffeine Nights Publishing for an ARC of this book.
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.