The Two O’Clock Boy – Mark Hill 3.5 stars



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.

Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake – the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther.

My review: 3.5 stars

Well what a cracker of an opening chapter! You read this and you know that you are going to be in for a rollercoaster from hell read and you are indeed! This is a fast paced and twisted thriller that switches between the present time with the suspicious deaths of families with no apparent link and the past in the hellhole of a children’s home in the 1980s and you soon realise that there is something evil which binds it all together. It did take me a wee while to get into the swing of the time switches and at the beginning I was becoming confused with so many names and characters being bandied around, but this didn’t last for long and I was soon hooked!

DI Ray Drake is certainly a man with a past – one that he wants to remain well hidden but will the events unfolding let him keep his past under wraps? He certainly is a bit of a dark horse with a questionable moral compass! I am really keen to find out more about him! I loved DS Flick Cowley and boy am I keen to see how her relationship with Drake now pans out! These two could be an explosive combination in crime fiction!

The Two O’Clock boy is certainly a fast paced and thrilling read, twists and turns throughout the book and your head will be reeling by the time you are finished! Cracking start to what shapes up to be an intriguing series…can’t wait to see where Mark Hill takes this one!

Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review


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