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When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty. With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls — before it’s too late, and their investigation turns to mur When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty. With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls — before it’s too late, and their investigation turns to murder. As they uncover the seedy underbelly of Tyneside, cold and calculated opportunism clashes with the rock-hard arm of the Law, but there’s one thing that proves stronger than stone… The human spirit.


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When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty. With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls — before it’s too late, and their investigation turns to mur When a fishing boat is wrecked off the treacherous North Sea coast and the body of a young woman washes up on the beach beside the iconic ‘Marsden Rock’, DCI Ryan cannot ignore the call to duty. With one already dead and more human cargo missing from the wreckage, Ryan and his team race to find the remaining souls — before it’s too late, and their investigation turns to murder. As they uncover the seedy underbelly of Tyneside, cold and calculated opportunism clashes with the rock-hard arm of the Law, but there’s one thing that proves stronger than stone… The human spirit.

30 review for The Rock

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    This it getting very upsetting, having read the complete series of DCI Ryan books I find myself questioning if I should continue. This is a good story and well written as far as it goes. However, yet again the main six characters are like something from a child's fairy tale and you expect it to end, and they lived happily ever after. Too much love interest and adulation of Ryan which is boarding on hero worship. Now McKenzie and Phillips (my favourite character) have started along a similar line This it getting very upsetting, having read the complete series of DCI Ryan books I find myself questioning if I should continue. This is a good story and well written as far as it goes. However, yet again the main six characters are like something from a child's fairy tale and you expect it to end, and they lived happily ever after. Too much love interest and adulation of Ryan which is boarding on hero worship. Now McKenzie and Phillips (my favourite character) have started along a similar line. It is only Frank's humorous antics that lets him get away with it. Whilst the junior officers Lowerson and Mel have their own love story going on. It's all too much. Part way through a very serious criminal investigation we have three chapters (short ones) each one dedicated to one of the couples and their morning routing on Valentines Day. How wonderful these characters are and so perfect. I needed to sick my fingers down my throat. Happily the actual story plot is good and well thought through. I just wish that the plot could be followed more closely. More crime and investigation and less love story. PLEASE....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Lisa Holdsworth

    Going down hill, this will be my last one! I have loved the series up to the last few books, I have be known on numerous occasions to do an all nighter to finish them in one sitting. However, the last few books have been going down hill towards romance with a little policing thrown in. I'm pleased for the team that are are able to have happy and fulfilling relationships but that it not what I want to read about in a police drama novel. This book got to 51% before any police work was mentioned the Going down hill, this will be my last one! I have loved the series up to the last few books, I have be known on numerous occasions to do an all nighter to finish them in one sitting. However, the last few books have been going down hill towards romance with a little policing thrown in. I'm pleased for the team that are are able to have happy and fulfilling relationships but that it not what I want to read about in a police drama novel. This book got to 51% before any police work was mentioned then it didn't actually start until 69%. Surely so a subject matter such as this deserves more than 30% of the book. It was all too lovey dovey for me, no grit whatsoever. It took me 4 days to read and even then I had to force myself, if I hadn't paid for it I would have put it aside after a couple of chapters. After the last couple I kept saying just one more, it might improve but they are getting worse, so as a dragon would say 'I'm out'.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    Thanks God nothing happened to Anna this time! LOL Very good! Even if the crime is really awful! At the end I wished something much more terrible could have happened to the villain!!!! I loved how the investigation was proceding. It was how I like them! Logical and straithrough! And the poor victims... that was really heartbraking!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail; there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out; no matter how dark the world becomes.” Leo Tolstoy. Marsdon Bay, Northumberland. Sunrise, Saturday 13th February. L J Ross’ The Rock (DCI Ryan Mysteries #18) has the above stated quotation by Leo Tolstoy at the beginning of this book, and the human spirit plays a major role in this story which it does in many situations. The author express a “There is something in the human spirit that will survive and prevail; there is a tiny and brilliant light burning in the heart of man that will not go out; no matter how dark the world becomes.” Leo Tolstoy. Marsdon Bay, Northumberland. Sunrise, Saturday 13th February. L J Ross’ The Rock (DCI Ryan Mysteries #18) has the above stated quotation by Leo Tolstoy at the beginning of this book, and the human spirit plays a major role in this story which it does in many situations. The author express at the start of this novel that “This book contains some hard, but important, themes....”,and it does. One particular theme made this reader extremely uncomfortable, but the author’s writing and the continuing characters especially one character kept this reader reading right to the end. DCI Ryan’s team is in excellent form. The story though unsettling at times, is unbelievably current. Throw in a bit of romance plus the humorist quips for which these characters are known, and the reader has a winner! Well done, Ms. Ross! 4.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

    I did like this book, the 18th in the series I think. The story was good, about human trafficking, quite brutal in places and didn't gloss over the reality. But was wound up far too quickly, leaving gaps which I guess will be covered in the next book. I did like this book, the 18th in the series I think. The story was good, about human trafficking, quite brutal in places and didn't gloss over the reality. But was wound up far too quickly, leaving gaps which I guess will be covered in the next book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    And again a very good addition to this great series! More DCI Ryan please!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #18 Publication Date: 5/5/21 Period: Contemporary Northumberland, UK Number of Pages: 368 Goodness! I am definitely enamored of this series! The mystery is excellently plotted and perfectly paced. You’ll have a feeling of knowing all of the characters – good and bad. You’ll love the good ones and hate the bad ones – and you’ll know why in each case. We are eighteen books into the series and I still look forward to each new book with as much en Barbara’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: DCI Ryan Mysteries #18 Publication Date: 5/5/21 Period: Contemporary Northumberland, UK Number of Pages: 368 Goodness! I am definitely enamored of this series! The mystery is excellently plotted and perfectly paced. You’ll have a feeling of knowing all of the characters – good and bad. You’ll love the good ones and hate the bad ones – and you’ll know why in each case. We are eighteen books into the series and I still look forward to each new book with as much enthusiasm as I did in the beginning. I love that the author deals with some very gritty social issues – in this case human trafficking – and she presents the subject in such a way that you learn something at the same time you are trying to puzzle out the mystery along with Ryan’s team. BTW – in case it matters to you – there is a lot about personal relationships within the book. It takes place around Valentine's Day. For me, those personal tidbits and relationships are what make reading the dark, gritty subject matter tolerable. If it was just a police procedural with no personal information on the investigators, I would have stopped reading the series long ago. Twenty very scared young women are drugged and handcuffed in the hold of an old, beat-up fishing trawler bound for Scotland. Storm Edith is raging outside and the vessel is creaking and popping and the water is coming in so fast the ship cannot be saved. The four men who are their captors free the women and force them into the freezing water. They are ordered to swim for shore and stay together. Eighteen of the women and all four of their captors make it to the shore together. Two of the women are either dead or separated. The captors search the beaches and caves, but they find no sign of the two missing women. The broken, bloated body of a young woman is found the next morning – in/near the wreckage of a fishing trawler. DCI Ryan and his team get the call to come to the scene and when they see the body – and notice the bruising on the wrists, they are sure they have more than just a drowning victim. While Ryan’s team doesn’t know about the woman who is still missing, we do – and so do the kidnappers. What happens to that missing woman – and separately to the other eighteen women is our story. And – it is a doozie of a story. We meet some of the most despicable characters you’ll ever read. They are cruel, unfeeling, selfish, and … well, you name it and if it is bad, they fit. With delight, we watch Ryan and his team methodically follow the leads and dismantle this human trafficking organization. We also witness horrible abuse – and a sad death for a boy I’d hope could be rescued and redeemed. I definitely recommend this book – and this series. It is an exciting, fast-paced read that will keep you interested from the first page to the last. I read it straight through in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down – I had to know what happened next. I hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    It was all so normal and wholesome, he thought, but under that same sky, there were people suffering all manner of degradations, behind closed doors.

  9. 5 out of 5

    D M Cox

    Disappointed, at times more like a Mills and Boon. Not as good as normal.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Mystery set off MARSDEN ROCK, North East England The Rock is no.18 in the DCI Ryan series and it’s time to catch up with the regular, familiar characters in Ryan’s team, and with developments, both on personal and professional fronts. A fishing boat has capsized just off South Shields. It was carrying a consignment of people, destined for a life of sleaze and servitude but the gang in charge realises that not all the women are accounted for on dry land. Could there have been death, or, more worryi Mystery set off MARSDEN ROCK, North East England The Rock is no.18 in the DCI Ryan series and it’s time to catch up with the regular, familiar characters in Ryan’s team, and with developments, both on personal and professional fronts. A fishing boat has capsized just off South Shields. It was carrying a consignment of people, destined for a life of sleaze and servitude but the gang in charge realises that not all the women are accounted for on dry land. Could there have been death, or, more worrying for them, an escapee, leaving their people trafficking enterprise vulnerable to discovery? Ryan and his fellow investigators are soon hot on the trail of perpetrators and start to narrow down which gang is responsible. The action takes place all over the North East of England and at the heart is the discovery of the shipwreck just beyond Marsden Rock, a stunning and enormous sea stack off South Shields, accessed from the Marsden Grotto. The author always makes setting a component of her stories, which adds local colour to the narrative. This mystery can be read as a standalone but it is a richer experience if the novels are read in sequence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Callon

    The latest LJ Ross novel explores the ugly world of human trafficking. Ryan and his colleagues have to solve several murders and take down a local trafficking gang. Ryan is now a new father and adores his daughter like all new dads should. The addition of a beloved child to his family shows a different side to his character - less grim and threatening. However, he is becoming very "preachy" when he talks about his commitment to right the many wrongs he sees in Northumberland. When he's not preach The latest LJ Ross novel explores the ugly world of human trafficking. Ryan and his colleagues have to solve several murders and take down a local trafficking gang. Ryan is now a new father and adores his daughter like all new dads should. The addition of a beloved child to his family shows a different side to his character - less grim and threatening. However, he is becoming very "preachy" when he talks about his commitment to right the many wrongs he sees in Northumberland. When he's not preaching, the author has him silhouetted like a romantic hero against the landscape as she describes his luxurious black hair, tall frame and piercing stare. No wonder a member of his team has developed a crush on him! The author describes the trafficking world in menacing detail - working long hours in nail salons, evading the immigration authorities, treated like a profit making machine. This is a direct quote from one of the traffickers as he advises a colleague on how he should treat their victims “Always think of your bottom line. She’s fresh meat, but she’ll be worth nowt to him, and nowt to us, if you go helping yourself. That eats away at our margin, and I’d have to dock your pay. Understand?” The only member of the gang who showed a modicum of sympathy to an injured victim ended up dead. This review was written by Shawn Callon, author of The Diplomatic Spy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb McMahon

    Another suspenseful winner! The only disappointing thing about LJ Ross’s new book “The Rock” is that I’ve already finished it! The DCI Ryan mysteries are among my favorite books! I love the integrity and concern for fairness, for what is uppermost in the minds and hearts of Ryan and his team as they go after evil. Sex-trafficking is evil and unforgivable and Ryan and company fight it as only they can!

  13. 5 out of 5

    pauline foster

    Having read through so many 5 star reviews I am sorry to disagree but I feel that the emphasis is far too much on the love story angle of their personal lives. This seems to increase with each book? Nevertheless I still enjoyed it but just found the individuals a bit too good to be true

  14. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Love, love, love the DC Ryan Mysteries. I've read them all except Cuthbert's Way, that one would never download for me. Not even the people at Audible could help me. So, hopefully I didn't miss another great book because I finally gave up on it. This one was about human trafficking and, I swear, Lawana was one of the bravest women I've ever read about AND I'm going to assume the last guy who took her will be in the next book, cuz he sure got away in this one. No sex or swearing at all. As for the Love, love, love the DC Ryan Mysteries. I've read them all except Cuthbert's Way, that one would never download for me. Not even the people at Audible could help me. So, hopefully I didn't miss another great book because I finally gave up on it. This one was about human trafficking and, I swear, Lawana was one of the bravest women I've ever read about AND I'm going to assume the last guy who took her will be in the next book, cuz he sure got away in this one. No sex or swearing at all. As for the narration: Jonathan Keeble is awesome in this book. You don't even have to be told who's talking, if you've read all the Ryan books, because his voices for all the main characters are always so exact, so perfect.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Robinson

    Another great DCI Ryan read. With a cast of characters that have become beloved by many readers, a touch of North East humour to lighten the dark storyline set in an area local to my home, this is another great case for DCI Ryan. It was interesting to find out about places I had not heard of before like Spotees Cave in Roker. All of the Ryan books are set around the North East and make you want to explore the area.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Preston

    Although I’ve given this book a four star rating, this is based in the ‘crime fiction’ aspect of the book. Overall I’m sick to death of the hearts and flowers crap regarding super-hero Ryan and goodie two shoes Anna. Frank is a caricature of a Geordie. Only Mackenzie is a true to life character. Ms Ross is good at writing crime, less good at writing romantic fiction. The other two lovey dovey characters are bland as a couple, more gritty as two detectives. By and large people like flawed charact Although I’ve given this book a four star rating, this is based in the ‘crime fiction’ aspect of the book. Overall I’m sick to death of the hearts and flowers crap regarding super-hero Ryan and goodie two shoes Anna. Frank is a caricature of a Geordie. Only Mackenzie is a true to life character. Ms Ross is good at writing crime, less good at writing romantic fiction. The other two lovey dovey characters are bland as a couple, more gritty as two detectives. By and large people like flawed characters who remind them a bit of themselves, people to whom they can relate, not super heroes - unless they’re read fantasy novels. I don’t want to do L J Ross down. I look forward to her books. I like the setting in the North East, the stories and even the characters, apart from the aspects mentioned above.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Brilliant as always

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The Rock: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 18) by LJ Ross The Rock is another awesome addition to this excellent series! I have LOVED it! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Honestly, if you haven’t read these books yet you are seriously missing out. This book is set in a beautiful location. I have been lucky enough to visit once whilst visiting friends in Sunderland and I’m looking forward to being back in that neck of the woods again soon. I have my map ready! 😉 I love catching up The Rock: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 18) by LJ Ross The Rock is another awesome addition to this excellent series! I have LOVED it! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Honestly, if you haven’t read these books yet you are seriously missing out. This book is set in a beautiful location. I have been lucky enough to visit once whilst visiting friends in Sunderland and I’m looking forward to being back in that neck of the woods again soon. I have my map ready! 😉 I love catching up with Ryan and the team. I love how their personal stories and relationships have developed throughout the series. I love Ryan’s adoration of Anna and their daughter. I can understand him being concerned about the danger to his family because of his high-profile job and I love that Anna understands this but supports him fully and encourages him to continue doing what he seems to have been born to do. The case the team are faced with this time is nothing short of horrifying. People trafficking is just horrendous and it’s terrifying to think how common a problem it probably is in the real world. I can’t even begin to imagine what these women must go through at the hands of these ba*tards. There are some sick people in this world! There is a lot going on throughout this story. It is fast paced, intense, and features some quite inspirational characters. So full of suspense, emotion, and uncertainty. Heart-breaking but also heart-warming at times. It just ticks all the boxes. I was practically glued to my kindle. Frank made me giggle a lot too, as he always does. He’s a ray of sunshine in their all too often dark world. Another easy five stars for me! https://chataboutbooks.blog/2021/06/2...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I don't think I've ever tried to hide how much I enjoy the DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross. Well, both series to be honest, and I look forward to each book as I know it will be a real treat stepping back into the world of Ryan, Frank and the gang and that I am going to be served up a story that is equal parts mystery, humour and good old fashioned romance. Yes, folks - romance. I don't do the mushy stuff often, but for this series I will always make an exception. Now there is nothing to be said about I don't think I've ever tried to hide how much I enjoy the DCI Ryan series by LJ Ross. Well, both series to be honest, and I look forward to each book as I know it will be a real treat stepping back into the world of Ryan, Frank and the gang and that I am going to be served up a story that is equal parts mystery, humour and good old fashioned romance. Yes, folks - romance. I don't do the mushy stuff often, but for this series I will always make an exception. Now there is nothing to be said about the plot that cannot be surmised from the blurb. In fact the less that is said, the better. As always, Ryan and the team find themselves caught up in a complex and often disturbing case which will push all of them in a variety of ways. I love the way in which the author has approached this subject, with a lot of compassion, but with a real sense of what the victims of this kind of crime go through and the lack of morality of those who engage in it. Nothing is told for unnecessarily gratuitous effect. This is a cozy crime series, sure, but in this book it has also developed a bit of an edge. It is a very emotive topic, exploring some of the worst qualities of human nature, much of which has happened for centuries, society just gave it a different name. As much as this is a crime thriller, the book is filled with the usual blend of humour and great characters who make it a wonderful series to read. There are some classic scenes between the men of the group, ones which made me laugh out loud when I read them and that still make me chuckle now. But it's not all just about the blokes. There are a lot of family moments, ones which again will make you laugh, make you emotional and, for just a moment, make you sit up and have a mini panic attack (soon over thankfully). To counter the fun side, we have some really heinous antagonists as well as other characters who show how important the strength of the human spirit can be. Tense, emotional, funny, gritty, romantic and all the shades in between. As always I tore through the book, possibly one of my favourites to date, and I am very much looking forward to the next one. Definitely recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mel Richmond

    Yet another masterpiece by my absolute favourite author. I’m pretty sure this is the fastest I’ve ever read one of her books, I simply could not put it down. There Rock is the 18th instalment of the DCI Ryan series and I hope to God she continues writing his story because I don’t think I could cope with it ending! I think this story is up there with my favourites. It deals with some pretty heavy topics e.g. human trafficking, abuse, murder to name a few - but the way LJ lays out these stories is Yet another masterpiece by my absolute favourite author. I’m pretty sure this is the fastest I’ve ever read one of her books, I simply could not put it down. There Rock is the 18th instalment of the DCI Ryan series and I hope to God she continues writing his story because I don’t think I could cope with it ending! I think this story is up there with my favourites. It deals with some pretty heavy topics e.g. human trafficking, abuse, murder to name a few - but the way LJ lays out these stories is done so magnificently… you’re right there with the team, feeing all of the emotion written on each page, eager and impatient to keep going. Simply un-put-down-able. Also: my love for Frank blooms with every instalment - how I adore him! Thank you LJ Ross AGAIN! As always, looking forward to the next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Compellingly written, this was a nice visit with Ryan and the gang. Frank and Denise are probably my favourite couple (with Melanie and Jack a distant third- Mel especially annoyed me in this installment...poor Jack). Aside from the continued character and relationship development, the crime and mystery aspects of this story were very dark and sad. If you're looking to avoid that kind of thing right now but enjoy this genre, keep this on your TBR shelf for a later date. I found that the dark was Compellingly written, this was a nice visit with Ryan and the gang. Frank and Denise are probably my favourite couple (with Melanie and Jack a distant third- Mel especially annoyed me in this installment...poor Jack). Aside from the continued character and relationship development, the crime and mystery aspects of this story were very dark and sad. If you're looking to avoid that kind of thing right now but enjoy this genre, keep this on your TBR shelf for a later date. I found that the dark was stronger than the light in this book, so I'm going to go on and read something completely light and fluffy. :) Overall, this was a solid installment by LJ Ross.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Van Huyssteen

    Another great read!! Just finished reading this latest in the DCI Ryan series and it did not disappoint!! I love this author and this series, as it is well researched and with enough detail of real places to make the whole story vivid and relatable. The theme this time was highly topical, if somewhat painful to read about, but it's so necessary to bring out this topic right now. As always the characters were well developed and I feel by now as though they are good friends! Keep them coming, LJ Ro Another great read!! Just finished reading this latest in the DCI Ryan series and it did not disappoint!! I love this author and this series, as it is well researched and with enough detail of real places to make the whole story vivid and relatable. The theme this time was highly topical, if somewhat painful to read about, but it's so necessary to bring out this topic right now. As always the characters were well developed and I feel by now as though they are good friends! Keep them coming, LJ Ross!!😊😊😊

  23. 5 out of 5

    SkyeW

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars really and most of the missing stars are due to the fact that this feels unfinished and a little contrived in places. The ending was quite rushed and I’m not sure why we had the random bit at the very end … if that’s for the next story it could have waited. We weren’t told what happened to the criminals, they were just arrested or possibly caught. Who was the evil git in the barn? Who was Henderson? Why were Achara and her mum mixed up at one point - surely a decent proof reader would 2.5 stars really and most of the missing stars are due to the fact that this feels unfinished and a little contrived in places. The ending was quite rushed and I’m not sure why we had the random bit at the very end … if that’s for the next story it could have waited. We weren’t told what happened to the criminals, they were just arrested or possibly caught. Who was the evil git in the barn? Who was Henderson? Why were Achara and her mum mixed up at one point - surely a decent proof reader would spot inconsistencies like this. It’s a shame, I’ve enjoyed most of this series, but apart from Ryan’s Christmas, the later ones are veering towards cosy crime - because of all the relationships taking up much of the word count the actual crime seems secondary at times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mcguiness

    Spoiler alert I've read all of the maxwell books and they all make for an enjoyable read and this one wasn't any different. Gritty story if sometimes over the top . If only someone could escape human trafficking and serial killers through shear force of will . Having just watched Line of Duty thought the corrupt police officers a good twist . The line from Mackenzie about Henry Cavil made me smile as when I picture Max he's how I imagine him looking . Spoiler alert I've read all of the maxwell books and they all make for an enjoyable read and this one wasn't any different. Gritty story if sometimes over the top . If only someone could escape human trafficking and serial killers through shear force of will . Having just watched Line of Duty thought the corrupt police officers a good twist . The line from Mackenzie about Henry Cavil made me smile as when I picture Max he's how I imagine him looking .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    The Rock This was a book about human trafficking, the subject matter meant that it was a more sombre read but there was still flashes of humour and the storyline was very relevant to this unfortunate age of human trafficking, I enjoyed it as I do with all Ryan novels but it left me thinking a lot more than the others of how humans treat other humans however I'm a bit sick of the hearts and flowers and romanticism ,yes we know Ryan is handsome and loves Anna we don't need it forced down out throat The Rock This was a book about human trafficking, the subject matter meant that it was a more sombre read but there was still flashes of humour and the storyline was very relevant to this unfortunate age of human trafficking, I enjoyed it as I do with all Ryan novels but it left me thinking a lot more than the others of how humans treat other humans however I'm a bit sick of the hearts and flowers and romanticism ,yes we know Ryan is handsome and loves Anna we don't need it forced down out throats time and time again

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Ryan is back in this chilling new tale. People trafficking features at the heart of this novel. A hard subject to write about as a women. Exploitation, corruption, cruelty, loyalty and courage. It’s all here. The usual cast of murder squad characters from Newcastle bring closure to another case in their inimitable style.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay Frances Ackerman

    I think that this was the best thriller I have ever read. It was a difficult subject which was dealt with sympathetically by all of Ryan’s team. I love LJ Ross’s books & the characters he has created. I cannot wait to read his next novel. Thank you.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Gallimore

    Short but sweet, sweet, sweet. This novel was not as lengthy or intricately woven as some of LJ's earlier ones but it dealt with a very current international problem which presented interest. But I've decided that, for me, it's not so much the story as the characters. I'm beginning to feel like one of the Northumberland Police family - very protective of all the regular characters & just wanting to read more & more about them. Please keep them safe & well LJ. Short but sweet, sweet, sweet. This novel was not as lengthy or intricately woven as some of LJ's earlier ones but it dealt with a very current international problem which presented interest. But I've decided that, for me, it's not so much the story as the characters. I'm beginning to feel like one of the Northumberland Police family - very protective of all the regular characters & just wanting to read more & more about them. Please keep them safe & well LJ.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bexar Smith

    Another good one

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Peat

    One of the better ones! In this up-and-down series, of which I have read them all, this is one of the better ones! LJ Ross is an excellent procedural crime novelist, and she knows the genre inside out, giving the reader what they expect. Even though there are more bent coppers than Line of Duty and more dead family members than a cemetery, it is still believable. There were no horse chances or a better phone signal being better (on a postage-stamp island) than the other in this one; however, the c One of the better ones! In this up-and-down series, of which I have read them all, this is one of the better ones! LJ Ross is an excellent procedural crime novelist, and she knows the genre inside out, giving the reader what they expect. Even though there are more bent coppers than Line of Duty and more dead family members than a cemetery, it is still believable. There were no horse chances or a better phone signal being better (on a postage-stamp island) than the other in this one; however, the case being cracked in a Gentleman’s Club needs serious suspension of disbelief. If it were that easy, surely the club would’ve been closed in the first week. There is plenty to admire: the exceptionally well rounded characters, the human perspective and leadership. The set up is beautifully observed, and the brutality of organised crime is seen from many perspectives. Read it - in fact, read all of LJ Ross

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