Author: Simone Buchholz
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback 192 pages
Release Date: 21 February 2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater and the Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
On a warm September morning, a man is found unconscious and tortured in a cage at the entrance to the offices of one of Germany’s biggest magazines. He’s soon identified as a manager of the company. Three days later, another manager appears in a similar way.
The magazine staff were facing significant layoffs, so sympathy for the two men is in short supply. Chastity Riley and her new colleague Ivo Stepanovic are tasked with uncovering the truth behind the attacks, an investigation that goes far beyond the revenge they first suspect, to the dubious past shared by both victims. Travelling to the south of Germany, they step into the hothouse world of boarding schools, where secrets are currency, and monsters are bred…monsters who will stop at nothing to protect themselves.
This is the second book in the Chastity Riley series and I must admit, I didn’t know this until I had finished reading. The book is completely capable of being read as a standalone but Chastity is such an intriguing character i’m curious to read the first in the series now to see how her character was developed.
Chastity is one of those deeply flawed characters that I almost felt sorry for. She seems to struggle to form close relationships with those around her but with the introduction of Ivo, who also seems deeply flawed, maybe she has met her perfect companion? Chastity has a very dry sarcastic sense of humour and I loved this about her. With the short snappy sentences I felt as if I was reading Chastity’s thoughts as and when they flew into her head.
This a short read at only 192 pages and I flew through the first half of the book on my train journey home from work. I personally felt like the book wasn’t entirely finished when I got to the end, but this is part of a series so maybe that was intentional as I have no doubt there are further books to come and maybe things will follow on in the next book.
This was written very differently to most other books I have read with some chapters not even being a page long. Sometimes this made the book feel a bit disjointed for me but it definitely kept the pace moving along at a quick speed!
Overall I did enjoy this book, Chastity’s character really made it for me and I would be interested to see where the author takes this character in the next book in the series.
About the Author
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award, and second place in the German Crime Fiction Prize, for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.
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