The renovation of a remote farmhouse on the outskirts of Liverpool uncovers a chamber of horrors but the crimes are historical. DI Alec Ramsay must sift through the evidence to identify both the victims and the perpetrators, while trying to dismantle the dangerous drug gangs that plague the city.
The prequel to The Child Taker, this book is a must for fans of the Alec Ramsay series.
I was so confused as to what rating to give this book right up until the last page. I started of thinking this was about 2 stars for me, then moved to 3 about half way through and ended up with 4 so it's an obvious grower for me.
Firstly I need to say that I have never read any other books by Conrad Jones and understand that this is a prequel to a series already published. Knowing that I now fully understand the journey this book took to set the scene for the first book in the series.
However the blurb was a complete fluke for me. I went back to the blurb numerous times whilst reading the book thinking I was reading the wrong book as the blurb suggested that the book takes of when something terrible is found at an old farmhouse. This doesn't happen until well into the book.
For me this was a little too much. Very gritty, detailed torture and murder scenes, drug and money underworld - a world I am not that familiar with as a reader (or otherwise I am happy to say). There are a lots of different characters that keep popping up and dropping like flies and until it came to the farmhouse and things started to slot into place more. So in that way this was actually very cleverly written as it really does make the reader want to delve into that dark world again and read the first book in the series.
Overall - to start with I didn't think this was for me, but now I think I will look out for this author again.
Thank you very much to TBConFB and the author for access to this book.
My rating: 4/5