This is my stop in the blog tour for ‘One Last Prayer for the Rays’, and I have to tell you that I’m so excited about this book! Of course, I expected it to be good, otherwise I wouldn’t have wanted to participate in the tour, but it was absolutely great! I enjoyed it very much. And that’s pretty much to say, because when I started reading I wasn’t even in the mood for reading a thriller (I just had to do it for the tour, because for some unexpected reasons, I didn’t have time later), and guys, I am a huge mood-reader!
This book managed to get me in the mood for reading its kind, and that’s a huge achievement.
So, here it is: this is my blog tour post of a 5-star rated book! 😉
About the Book
DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.
When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.
But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?
One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.
About the Author
Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.
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I got an e-copy of this book for the purpose of this blog tour, from Rachel’s Random Resources. I decided to take part in the tour because it’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller like this, and it sounded good, so I expected to love it (
btw I did!). I haven’t yet heard about the author, but that’s never discouraged me from experimenting! I love discovering new (or new-to-me) authors.
This book is such an incredibly strong debut that I actually mistook it for one that an author with more published stories behind them would write. Literally. There was a moment when I thought wow, I’d so love to read everything this author has written – and I went on Goodreads to see what else is out there. That’s when I realized that this is a debut novel. (I probably already knew that, and then forgot, though.) That’s how good it is.
I love how it is a mixture between a ‘normal’ thriller (where we get to see the victims’ and villains’ thoughts and feelings and experiences) and a police procedural (where we see into the investigation as well as the private lives/thoughts and relations between detectives and other staff). It worked really well, and helped avoid being too much of a cliché. I loved the characters (or loved hating some of them), their motives were believable and heart-wrenching sometimes, and even in the cases of right-out psychos they were psychologically understandable (though their actions were ones that a psychologically whole and healthy person would never, ever understand…or stomach). The story had so many twists and turns, and may I say many storylines, that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, yet it was completely easy to follow. It was a very exciting ride!
I wouldn’t say the wording is exceptional or unique (though it really is good), but it matched the story and atmosphere exceptionally and it helped me getting into the mood and the fast unfolding of the story.
Let’s Give It A Grade!
- Story: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Style: 5/5
- The Subjective Factor: 5/5
- GPA: 5
I’d emphasize here again how good the thriller and police procedural elements work together, and that it’s a debut novel!! It really is unbelievable.
Lovers of thriller, and crime investigations. This one’s really worth a read, guys!
I want more!! (And fortunately, there will be! 😉)
If you have time, please, visit the other stops at this blog tour! 😉
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