A Wash of Black piqued my interest as soon as I heard Chris McDonald had signed with Red Dog and when that cover (check it out, isn’t it fab!) was revealed then I was simply dying to open it up and discover what lay beneath! So I was delighted to be asked to take part in the blog tour.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
IT’S NOT LIFE THAT IMITATES ART. IT’S DEATH.
Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.
When the body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago, DI Erika Piper must find the culprit; the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer.’
Having recently returned to work after suffering a near fatal attack herself, she must once again prove her worth. But when another body is found, and the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must put her demons aside and crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.
Opening up with a chilling prologue, my blood ran cold but being the weirdo I am, I wanted more! And I was not disappointed as there are plenty more dark scenes to be discovered. But don’t be afraid, they are never gratuitous and all serve to enhance the story!
I was immediately drawn in by the first person point of view; told from DI Erika Piper’s perspective, it really picked me up and placed me right inside her head, and in doing so, also placed me firmly at the heart of the story. Little hints were dropped throughout the book giving hints at Erika’s recent absence from work. She has just returned but it is clear there is a real underlying tension going on between her and her superior, DCI Lovatt. It provided a real sense of intrigue and kept me turning those pages!
I particularly enjoyed her relationship with her partner, DS Liam Sutton. Chris McDonald has managed to create an authentic connection between, again this really drew me into the story, at times I felt as though I was there investigating with them!
And talking about relationships, Erika is struggling with her personal life and her relationship with her partner, Darren, is suffering. As the reason behind her absence is revealed, things only get worse for them both. And without giving any spoilers away, let’s just say I was packing his bags for him at the first hello! What a selfish arrogant asshole!
As an avid fan of book launches, there is one scene in here which puts a whole new spin on these events! But my #LipsAreSealed….you need to read it and see!
A pacy plot that moves the story forward; like Hansel and Gretel, the reader follows the breadcrumbs carefully placed by the author, teasing and tricking you all the way through, introducing you to potential suspects before pulling the rug under your feet and putting it right back down again for you!
Dark and chilling, this is an addictive debut from a new voice in the world of crime fiction and what I hope is the first of many books featuring DI Piper.
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About the author:
Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.
He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.