Whoopidee-doo! I am doing all the excited dances here to be one of the bloggers opening up the blog blitz for Rob Ashman’s latest novel, Faceless!
It’s no secret that I’m huge fan of Rob Ashman and I was delighted when he announced that Bloodhound would be publishing his latest novel, Faceless, especially when I had beta read this for him way back last year. There is something very special about reading a book that you were lucky enough to see almost at the start of its journey! I loved the whole premise of Faceless when I originally read it and the finished product has been polished to perfection! A huge thank you to Sarah over at Bloodhound Books and the author for my ARC for review.
*A wee note for Rob from your favourite Glaswegian nutter! Rob, I am delighted for you and so proud of all you have achieved! I will always be glad of the day I answered that mental email you sent me asking me to review one of your self-published books! Look at you now, 4 under your belt and another two on the way! Don’t ever put that twisted mind away! The Duke and I, we salute you sir!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.
This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.
While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.
Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.
Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?
The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…
Rob Ashman has got a pretty dark and twisted mind and if you have read his Mechanic series you will know exactly what I mean. With Faceless he continues in this vein and right from the start there is no shortage of jaw dropping and WTF moments! It definitely has the #KillerHook alert! The prologue captured me immediately, it drew me right in leaving me in no doubt that I wanted to know more, I had to know more!
We are introduced to the killer pretty quickly and follow their macabre journey with a sense of revulsion and terror. The narrative is powerful and provides great insight into their behaviour. I am writing this review biting my tongue as there is so much I want to say but I want you to get the same twisted pleasure as I did from reading this book! Watching this killer unravel is disturbing, let me warn you right now, Rob Ashman is never going to be a “cosy crime” kinda guy! Thank goodness!
Faceless is fast paced, it’s twisted and it packs one hell of a punch into every page! Dysfunctional families and consequences all wrapped up into a blood-red bow for you to untie! Each chapter ends with that hook that pulls you in for “just one more chapter” which means you might as well discount the rest of the day once you pick it up because you are not going to be able to put it down!
Roz Kray is one of those Detectives that just get under your skin, her inner turmoil combined with a “two-fingers” to the world approach might seem to be the archetypal detective but there is something quite different about Roz, there is a real depth to her despair and a real unquantifiable approach to her policing, I engaged with her immediately especially when she was at loggerheads with her superiors! Roz was a compelling character to read; we know there is a history and a tension exists between her and her bosses and right away I was intrigued, what had happened to her? Why is she self-neglecting? I was behind her from the beginning, I didn’t know her whole story but I had her back. Watching her engage and disengage with the team and other key characters throughout the novel makes for fascinating reading! As the book progresses we get to find out more about the woman behind the Detective.
Faceless ticked all my boxes, there was enough complexity to keep my brain ticking but not too much that it lost me. This is a fantastic read for fans of the serial killer genre, it has a well thought out plot, twists that would make a corkscrew look straight and characters that claw their way right under your skin! If Carlsberg done serial killers…then they would be hooking up with Rob Ashman for tips!
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About the author
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 published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.