Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on the Blog Tour for DEGREES OF DARKNESS by Tony Forder
Pre-teen girls are being abducted from their homes and their families murdered. When Frank Rogers, once a DI with the Met and now running his own debt-collection agency, is told that his own daughter is missing, his son murdered, he naturally wants to become involved with the case.
Soon Frank’s face is all over the news. In an unexpected turn of events, the killer contacts the police and says he is willing to talk, but only to Frank.
When the body of the first abducted girl is discovered, Frank realises it is a race against time to save his daughter.
In order to solve the case, Frank must work out how the killer is picking his victims.
But how do you catch a murderer who is hiding in plain sight? And can Frank solve the mystery, when he has so much to lose?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is an awesome read that for me that put it on a scare factor alongside Stephen King and Thomas Harris. The heart breaking opening will make most readers just stand back and take a breath. Frightening, terrifying and imprinted on your mind for every time you say goodnight to your children before you double-check and triple check your doors are locked and bolted again.
What a fabulous story from the opening scene it just exploded into a world of pure crazy in the mind of one of the most damaged and twisted serial killers that I have read. Whoa this person has such an agenda, nothing is random, he has reasoning and purpose but best of all he now has a play mate to taunt.
Frank Rogers left his career of DI with the Met behind him when he started his own Debt Collecting Agency, along with his family when his wife took up with another bloke and set up home with Franks two children Gary and Laura. A break in to his estranged wife’s home leaves her, her partner and his son brutally murdered and his daughter taken by a madman that leaves no trace of himself behind. There is already a trial of heart break through this city where this killer has struck a number of times.
Now the killer doesn’t just have Frank’s daughter, he wants to play and demands that the only person he will talk to is Frank. Neither really know what they are letting themselves in for because they are both at the top of the league at what they do best. It makes for a hundred mile an hour read with no pit stop in sight!
This really is a writer at his best. Although gruesome at times it all adds to the intense race to find out how and why these brutal killings and abductions are taking place. Loved the characters and although Tony Forder has produced stand alone novels before I would really love to see more of Frank in future books. Loved it! loved it! Loved it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone in spring. It is the first in a series.
Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.
Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.
The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.
During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”
Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.
As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.
This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017.
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