Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Two O'Clock Boy – Mark Hill

Kindle Edition

Cost: Netgalley

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: 22/09/16

Amazon uk link: Here

Goodreads Link: Here

The Blurb


One night changed their lives
Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children's Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home's manager.

Cries in the fire and smoke
Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis' favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.

A truth both must hide
Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O'Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders - but he will go even further to cover up the truth.

My Thoughts

Another Cop, Another morally corrupt kid’s home, Another Killer knocking off individuals and their families. How is this book any different from the rest of the books published in this overcrowded genre?

It may seem to be another story full of cliques from the How to Write Crime Thrillers tutorial on YouTube but Mark Hills writing style takes this book to a different level, way above a lot of the books I have read. I was kept captivated by the writing style and descriptive narrative; I could feel the tension and panic that DI Ray Drake felt as he tried to keep his family and his secret safe. The relationships with other characters were realistic with the interaction between them and the language used was captivating. I really wanted to know which way the story was going, the book is a genuine page turner and I didn’t guess the ending until I had read around 78% of the book, even so the ending is great and leaves the story open for, I hope, more DI Ray Drake books.

Mark Hill has created an unusual and interesting character in DI Ray Drake which sets this book apart from many and if this is just the beginning of the Ray Drake story, who knows where he could end up.

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