Author: Robert Scragg
Genre: Murder Mystery / Crime Thriller
Format: Hardcover 320 pages
Release Date: 20 September 2018
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Today it is my great pleasure to join the blog tour for Robert Scragg’s new novel ‘What Falls Between the Cracks’. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy for review and for inviting me to join the tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When a severed hand is found in an abandoned flat, Detective Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are able to DNA match the limb to the owner, Natasha Barclay, who has not been seen in decades. But why has no one been looking for her?
It seems that Natasha’s family are the people who can least be trusted. Delving into the details behind her disappearance and discovering links to another investigation, a tragic family history begins to take on a darker twist.
Hampered by a widespread fear of a local heavy, as well as internal politics and possible corruption within the force, Porter and Styles are digging for answers, but will what they find ever see the light of day?
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I absolutely love police procedural books and I am so pleased to report that this book did not disappoint in any way! The start of this book is gripping in so many ways. To start with we have a leak from an apartment which leads police to uncover a severed hand in the freezer. We then have the fact that the apartment looks like it hasn’t been lived in for years. Once the officers do find out who the owner is, the fact that no one seems to be concerned that they haven’t heard from her, all made for a lot of intriguing questions that had me compelled to read on to find out the answers.
Jake Porter and his partner Nick Styles are a great duo. They really compliment each other well throughout the book. The banter between them is so true to how officers in law enforcement actually interact with each other and it made for some funny dialogue to read.
The characters are very well developed throughout and you really get a sense of the two main characters past histories, especially Porter and his tragic circumstances. Enough is given about these characters that you begin to take a vested interest in them while at the same time wanting to know more.
These characters have plenty more to give and I understand this is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to see where the author takes them and how they develop in later books.
The author reveals clues at regular intervals throughout the book which kept me engaged and constantly wanting to read on to find out more. In this regard the book is very well paced with every chapter having it’s place and adding to the overall story.
This book very much has that ‘cat and mouse’ feel to it. It’s no secret who the bad guys and who the good guys are. Although Porter and Styles know who they have in their sights it is very much about obtaining the evidence and building a case against the individuals that will stick.
I only realised after reading that this book is the authors debut novel and I never would have guessed. The writing style is so easy, fluid and well written I would have thought that the author had been writing for years. This is book one in the Porter and Styles series and i’m so glad to know that there will be more on the way!
About the Author
Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing; he’s been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor and Football coach.
He lives in Tyne & Wear, is a founding member of the North East Noir crime writers group and is currently writing the second Porter and Styles novel.
For a full list of upcoming events and more info about Robert and his books, visit http://www.robertscragg.com
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