Mmmmm just check out that awesomely gruesome book cover! When I received the request from Noelle over at Bookouture to be involved in the blog tour for Stephen Edger’s “Dying Day” then this along with the blurb had me drawn right in! Thank you to the author and publishers for the ARC which I chose to read and provide my honest review.
Delighted to be closing down this bad boy alongside some kickass bloggers today!
What the blurb says:
Some mistakes you live with. Others you die for…
When the body of a young woman is found in the boot of an abandoned car near the Southampton Docks, Detective Kate Matthews is ordered to stay well away from the scene.
Exactly a year ago, Amy, a junior detective on Kate’s team, was murdered when she was sent undercover to catch a serial killer targeting young girls. Kate never forgave herself for letting the killer slip through her fingers and her team are worried this coincidence might push her over the edge…
When another girl’s body is uncovered days later with similar bruising around the neck, Kate launches an investigation of her own, determined to connect new evidence to the old to catch this monster before more innocent lives are taken…
Mysterious sympathy cards sent to the victims’ families finally lead Kate to the twisted individual from her past. But if she’s found the killer, why does the body count keep rising?
And #Boom what an opening, from the prologue to the first chapter I was left in no doubt that this was going to be a “buckle up and hold on tight” read; the scene was set and we were ready to go! Detective Kate Matthews is determined that she is going to get justice for the death of Amy last year. She holds herself entirely responsible for the young detective’s murder but will the pressure prove too much for Kate Matthews? She is sidelined from the investigation but this is one determined woman who will let nobody keep her from doing her job.
Well, Detective Kate Matthews, what a woman she is! I hold my hands up and admit that in the last book I just did not get on with Kate at all and found it difficult to warm to her. Fast forward to right now and hey I am cheering her on from the sidelines, I’ve got her back and I am 100% right behind her! So what changed in such a short space of time? This time around, I have more information to work with, I get where she is coming from and I can see what is making her tick, so kudos to Stephen Edger for making use of that character development to turn my opinions right round on their head!
There’s no denying that Kate Matthews is a determined character, despite her superiors being equally determined to keep her away from the investigation Kate still has the loyalty of her team and in Dying Day it is Laura who features heavily working alongside Kate to help her remain involved.
I loved that the narrative was not only from Kate’s POV but also interspersed was Amy’s voice giving the reader an insight into the weeks leading up to her death. This gave the book that added extra that placed me as a reader, firmly in the heart of the plot, which makes it a winner for me!
Now talk about twists! Dying Day was so full of twists and turns that you would have been hard pushed to disguise it as anything other than a corkscrew! So many OMG WTAF moments! This one is perfect for armchair detectives who love their reading ponds full of red herrings!
So, Stephen Edgar, you won me over with Kate Matthews this time around, she’s grown on me and I’m loving how your twisted mind is working! Roll on the next instalment of Kate Matthews.
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Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published more than a dozen novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.
Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.
Stephen is married and has two children and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.
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