THE FIRST BOOK IN THE JAMES BLAKE THRILLER SERIES
An artistic voyage in crime – thrilling and original
When James Blake discovers his wife murdered in their London home, he is determined to find her killer. As the prime suspect, he flees England and sets out on a journey that takes him to Florence and Venice and into a dark underworld of corruption, a trail that will lead him to the killer – and the shocking truth behind the mystery.
THIS IS MY THOUGHTS AND 5 STAR REVIEW
What a tremendous start to a new series and a debut novel to boot! This book has just about everything you could possibly expect in a great novel. The opening chapter is perfectly delivered to grab you, keep your attention and leave you with a need to know more about the tragedy that has just unfolded.
I was soon totally engrossed in the whole book which travelled between the U.K. Florence and Venice, dipping and delving into forgotten and missing art and the seedy world of two very old Italian families. The good guys were great and the bad ones ran shivers through me. The chapters simply flowed beautifully and although I only had a basic knowledge of real missing art works in Europe, Seb Kirby supplied an abundance of information which I found totally fascinating.
I loved this story that threw me a couple of curved balls. I will be hunting down the rest on the series now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writing. Jazz (Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, their modern day musical descendents). Writing about jazz. Science. Travel. Favorite places (in no particular order): Venice, Florence, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, New York, London, The English Lake District, Lisbon, Crete…..
OTHER BOOKS BY SEB KIRBY
A gripping psychological thriller
Young women are going missing and only Tom Markland knows the terrifying truth.
When he’s pulled out of the North Dock, he comes round not knowing who he is or how he got there.
All he knows is that someone is killing young women.
He sees them die each time he closes his eyes.
The only way he’s going to recover his identity is to discover who is doing the killings.
Each Day I Wake will keep you turning the pages.
MY THOUGHTS AND 5 STAR REVIEW FOR EACH DAY I WAKE
There can only be one thing worse than wakening up in hospital with no memory of who you are or who anyone else is, that is then to be told that someone tried to kill you, beat you up and left you to drown. Tom Markland is married to Janet, he is a reporter for The Herald and although his home is in Litchfield he spends a lot of time in London. The last project he was working on was as part of a team to investigate financial malpractice. All this he had to be told, he had no memory of any of it. Tom begins to have visions of four young women being murdered. He can only see the hands and arms of the killer but are they his arms or someone else’s, he just doesn’t know. No-one will listen to him. No-one can believe he could do this, that is until the first body is found. It is for Tom to discover who the hands he sees belong to, even if they are his.
What a story! Seb Kirby will play with your mind in this novel like he does with Tom Markland, who can Tom trust? I really liked how some of the characters backgrounds were introduced by Janet telling Tom who they were from photos she showed him to jog his memory. There are many threads running through this story and they are all connected to Tom. I love the twists in this extremely well written novel that will keep you on your toes right to the end.