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 WOW!!! What an intense, nail-biting addition to the series. It's true that this is DCI Ryan's most explosive case to date.
This is another superb addition to the fantastic DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross. I've read all the books written by this brilliant author to date and have enjoyed each and every one of them. Set in the North East of England, this series is definitely one of the best in its genre.
"Flames look so much better at night, don't they? It would be a beacon, visible for miles around."
In this book, DCI Ryan is faced with possibly the biggest case of his career. The lives of thousands of people are put on the line and at the mercy of a demented individual who has threatened to blow up every bridge connecting the cities of Gateshead and Newcastle one by one. Ryan must track down and stop this person before they go through with their threats. But Ryan is already late, the clock is ticking and The Alchemist looks determined... Will Ryan and his close-knit team make it on time to prevent innocent blood being shed in the waters of the Tyne?
In the meantime, a friend in need (whose name I won't mention to prevent any spoilers) unexpectedly turns up and knocks on Ryan's door for help. This person is in shock and covered in blood. Something major has happened? But what? Whose blood is it? I'm dying to reveal what happens here, but I really, really can't say more about this part. What I'll just say is that the author surprised me. I wasn't expecting what happens here.
Author Louise Ross never disappoints. When she approached me, a few years back, to read and review her first book 'Holy Island', I had never even heard of her or her books, and had no idea what I'd been missing. I didn't know that that book would introduce me to this excellent, addictive crime series. Since then, I've read all eight books, each one more brilliant than the other and I'm always on the lookout for news of when the next one would be published.
Although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend readers to read the series in the correct order. LJ Ross always sets her books in some particular landmark in Northumberland. I've never visited this part of the world, but as I'm reading, thanks to her vivid descriptions, I feel as though I'm there, in the centre of all the action, seeing and hearing through the characters' eyes and ears and following Ryan and his mates as they try to solve one case or another. In this book, the drama is set on the spectacular bridges connecting the cities of Gateshead and Newcastle across the river Tyne. As I did with the other books in the series, I googled these bridges' names and learned a lot about them and their history. For me, the knowledge I gain from these books is just an added bonus.
Okay, as with the other books, the action in Seven Bridges is fast and non-stop, and the tension keeps building till the end. There were scenes that made my heart race and others where it was literally in my mouth. I imagined I was on one of those bridges with the other unsuspecting persons, unaware of the looming danger, unaware that a push of a button could end my life at any moment.
Ryan and his fantastic team of detectives are all realistic, likable characters in a desperate race against time to save lives. As I was reading, I found myself biting my knuckles and fearful of turning the next page because of the building tension. I had no clue what would happen by the end and I have to say that I was surprised when the culprit's identity was revealed at the end. The epilogue lets us have a peep on where the next adventure will take Ryan and now I can't wait to find out more.
Seven Bridges is yet another masterpiece penned by this brilliant author, I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.
With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
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.