Oh, how I’ve been buzzin to be a part of this #BlogTour and getting to kick it off is awesome!
I first came across Rob when he was self-published and he had emailed me asking that I take some time to read and review his book. His engaging and somewhat manically hysterically funny email hooked me and I agreed to review his debut novel, Those That Remain and I have to say that I loved it!
Time has marched on and since then I have met Rob in person (isn’t he the lucky one – he survived it!) and he has also now signed up to #BloodhoundBooks – g’aun yersel Rab! (a wee bit of Scottish lingo as I know how much he loves it!)
So I was delighted when Sarah of Bloodhound contacted me asking if I’d like to be a part of the forthcoming #BlogTour for the relaunch of #ThoseThatRemain with Bloodhound Books – hell yeah was my reply and even more delighted to be kicking off the tour alongside Overtherainbowbookblog
Anyway enough of my havering and let’s get this show on the road!
What the blurb says:
Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.
Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.
But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?
Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…
Now before I start my review, I will let you into a wee secret (one I didn’t even tell Rob) American crime/detective/psychological thrillers don’t always do it for me, I usually prefer my crime to be UK-based but there was something about the blurb that compelled me to accept!
Well let’s just say that I am so glad that I gave “Those That Remain” a chance, it had me gripped right from the very start and it didn’t let me go all the way through! What a compelling and thrilling roller coaster of a read it was!
This is the debut novel from Rob Ashman and I’m delighted to see that it is the first in three books! We start off the book with the first chapter set in the present day when Detective Lucas has just returned to work and it is clear that he has been through something very traumatic; FBI Agents are with him ensuring that he has been fully debriefed and ready to be back at work but we soon realise that he just wants to be rid of them and to get on with it. Once they leave his office he opens an envelope addressed to him; it states “the mechanic is back!” Immediately the reader is drawn into the palpable fear and intrigue experienced by Lucas – how can The Mechanic be back when he died three years ago! And so the story begins!
The Mechanic struck me with the fear I can tell you; my imagination was going into overdrive throughout this book; it had my heart pounding and the pace was fast and so so twisted! In fact, the twists and turns in this book had me like a corkscrew by the time I was finished! One minute you think you have worked it out then boom! Then when you do work it out the twists just keep on jumping out at you – there is no escape!
Despite the fast pace I felt that I still got time to know the characters; Lucas is a determined cop, he’s not ready just to sit this one out and is hell-bent on bringing The Mechanic down; he has some great one-liners in the book and his sense of humour is dry and often directed at others who put obstacles in his way. I had this picture of him in my head – a slightly overweight cop with a bag of doughnuts in one hand and his wife’s salad in the other!
His partner Bassano, is the ladies man of the duo and it’s a wonder he gets any policing done as his mind seems to be ruled by his lower half 😉 But don’t let that fool you folks – Bassano has a key part to play in this book. I am looking forward to seeing Lucas develop over the next two books – there are some hidden depths to that man who I’m keen to see uncovered! Harper, who was the original detective on The Mechanic case is also a well-written character, first, we think he is simply the stereotyped “burnt out” alcoholic cop but he has a lot to offer the new investigation and is a key player for Lucas.
Those That Remain, while clearly a crime/psychological thriller is very much based around the themes of triggers to psychotic episodes and the impact that early experiences can have on individuals if they are not given the opportunity to address and deal with them and of course the devastating consequence on those who cross their path!
I think I can safely say that Rob has won me over with the first in this new series. Those That Remain ticked my boxes well-rounded and developed characters who engaged and intrigued me; a read that was so twisted that I felt I’d been wrapped around a corkscrew at the end; it keeps you guessing throughout and it is a brilliant set up for the next in the series! If you like your thrillers dark and twisted with a pinch of gallows humour then I’d suggest that you get yourself over to Amazon and start clicking now!
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good Welsh Valley boys, Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Rob now writes full-time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.
Twitter tag: @RobAshmanAuthor
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