I an always champing at the bit for a new book from Luca Veste so when I got offered an ARC via Netgalley I bit their hands off! Luca is one of those writers who just gets better and better with every book he writes and “The Six” is proof of this one hundred times over!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Six friends trapped by one dark secret.
It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.
In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …
Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?
Luca Veste is the master of scene setting and in The Six he sets the scene perfectly in the opening; his trademark chilling narrative sent shivers through me from the outset. The nineties playlist was a step down a path of nostalgia and for those who have seen the Fun Loving Crime Writers and Luca’s spectacular encore, a little smile will be raised.
This book is way more than a serial killer chiller thriller; it explores the lives of six friends who found themselves caught up in a nightmare and one year later their past comes back to haunt them.
Luca Veste books should come with a scary movie soundtrack – this one gave me all the chills! He builds up the tension and the trepidation perfectly and is a master at placing the reader right in the heart of the storyline.
I had no clue who to trust or to believe but I certainly found myself caught up in the lives of each of the characters as the story was laid out from the point of view of Matt. His anxiety, guilt and panic were written to perfection, I actually felt as though it was me who was living through his nightmare. Every time I thought I’d worked it all out, the rug was pulled right out from underneath my feet!
It is tense and it is disturbing – read this on your own in the dark…if you dare! I dared and it scared the living daylights out of me! Secrets and lies between the group come tumbling out as the reader takes every chilling step of the journey with them.
The plotting was tight, the characters multi-layered and the setting perfection. Once again Luca Veste has shown himself to be a writer of real distinction. Would I recommend that you read The Six? You can bet your bottom dollar I do – but you may want to read with the lights on and most definitely not by candlelight…
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About Luca Veste
Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series, which includes DEAD GONE, THE DYING PLACE, BLOODSTREAM, and THEN SHE WAS GONE.
Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective pairing of DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi. The novels are set in Liverpool, bringing the city to life in a dark and terrifying manner…with just a splash of Scouse humour.
“Astringent and artfully constructed.” The Financial Times
“A darkly impressive novel… disturbing and intelligent.” The Times
“Page-turner.” Sunday Times
“A chilling début from a writer to watch…” Mark Billingham
“Gripping, unpredictable, genuinely shocking and impossible to put down, Dead Gone is a remarkable début.” Steve Mosby
“A twisty, psychological crime debut in a gritty setting: a new favourite for police procedural lovers” Clare Mackintosh
“Tense and darkly playful.” Chris Ewan
“A major new talent on the crime scene.” Eva Dolan
“Fresh…original.” Mel Sherratt
“Original and terrifying.” Stav Sherez
He is also the editor of the Spinetingler Award nominated charity anthology ‘Off The Record’, and co-editor of ‘True Brit Grit’, also an anthology of short stories for charity.
He is a former civil servant, actor, singer and guitarist (although he still picks it up now and again), and now a full-time writer.
He can be found at http://www.lucaveste.com and on twitter @LucaVeste