Bloq Blog Tour – Day 5
I am absolutely delighted to be hosting today’s leg of the blog tour for the new book by Alan Jones – Bloq. Not only is this a breathtakingly outstanding book, it is also my first ever Blog Tour – so be gentle with me all you experts out there!
As well as my own thoughts on the book I am also featuring Alan’s very own “Trip Advisor” page for Bloq itself – the nightclub at the centre of the plot. So why don’t you check out the reviews already on there – I wonder what Trip Advisor review that YOU would post after reading the book!
“A father waits in Glasgow Central Station for his daughter, returning home from London for Christmas. When the last train has pulled in, and she doesn’t get off it, he makes a desperate overnight dash to find out why. His search for her takes over his life, costing him his job and, as he withdraws from home, family and friends, he finds himself alone, despairing of ever seeing her again.”
This is a gritty crime novel with some sexual content
Bloq is the third novel written by Alan Jones and I think it is definitely the best yet! From the opening lines of the prologue “As a funeral, it was nothing much. Only four people were present; one of them was dead and none of the others gave a fuck” the reader is grabbed and hauled in by the throat! Just make sure you have some time set aside when you start this book because you are going to struggle to put it down!
Bloq is a tale of a father’s heartbreak at the disappearance of his daughter, his search through the dark and seedy streets of London with few people willing to help. Bill Ingram is the father and his anguish as his daughter, Carol, doesn’t arrive as promised is heart wrenching. You can feel his pain as he stands in the slowly emptying Central Station on a cold Christmas eve, it was easy for me to picture the scene as a native Glaswegian and my heart went out to him. Bill decides he cannot sit back and do nothing and he makes his way to London, a worried dad determined to ensure that his wee girl is safe.
Meanwhile we are finding out a little about Carol and her life in London since she has left home and we begin to realise that Bill may be right to fear for his daughter’s safety. We are also introduced to Anna the bar manager of Bloq – she is a strong and determined character and her role becomes central to Bill’s quest to find out what has happened to his daughter. However, it is Aleksander who chills you to the bone and I could hear the menace in his voice through the words as the pages turn – a truly evil man!
There is a real and truthful depth to the characters in the book and Alan has a way of making the reader live their emotions throughout the book. There is so much more I could say about the characters in the book but I don’t want to give away too much of the plot!
Alan draws upon the grim realities befalling many young women, he deals with prostitution, drug abuse and the horrors of people trafficking – Bloq is a grim and gritty, hard hitting tale of a father’s quest to find his daughter. As a reader you are horrified, terrified and distraught throughout the book – my heart was in my mouth the whole time. Unlike Blue Wicked, Alan’s second book, Bloq doesn’t contain the same harsh language and Glasgow dialect but still manages to inject a stomach churning feeling of menace and intimidation throughout.
Alan Jones has now written 3 very different books, a testament to his talent as a writer who is able to draw the reader in whether it be through the cementing of a relationship between a Cabinet Maker and the policeman assigned to investigate his daughter’s death (The Cabinet Maker) to the grim and raw tales of drug abuse and misery on grim Glasgow streets to the latest work where he moves to London – each of the books holds a power that draws the reader in and keeps them there. Alan Jones is a hidden Scottish talent and deserves to be discovered. A well earned FIVE mega stars from me for Bloq!
Trip Advisor Review:
Have a wee look at Alan’s “Trip Advisor” page set up especially for Bloq – take a look at the reviews and then tell me what review and star rating you would give after reading the book!
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A huge thanks to Alan Jones for an ARC of Bloq in return for an honest review and for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for this awesome book!