When the body of a prostitute is found, followed by the discovery of children locked in an attic, DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what at first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring.
McGuire who is suffering with his own emotional problems, must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises.
Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with?
Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
To be honest I have already read the third book in the series a while ago and promised myself that I would get back to the beginning and read from Book One. I had assumed that because Untainted Blood was so good that it would partly be because the characters had become established and the author more familiar and confident with them. How wrong I was. This is a superb book in its own right and perfect foundation stone for the fabulous series it was to become.
I absolutely loved this book, yes the story line is very dark and it is at times shocking to read but one that gives you that adrenaline, heart in your mouth moments that every true crime reader is after from opening a new book. It begins with a dead woman in the street and an attic full of stolen children. Now you know that this will need a special kind of person to investigate these crimes and so a broken and damaged DI struggling with his own ugly headed demons is called upon to chase down one of the vilest paedophile and child trafficking rings I have read about. Believe me it is the perfect choice. DI Gus McGuire makes it compelling reading.
I really took to Gus that had little patience with the bureaucracy and just wanted to get the job done, kids saved and the bad guys put away but the more ground he gained seemed to take him a step further away from who was behind the set up. This was driving me mad because I was just suspecting everyone as being the Master Mind that I kept missing. The story has far more to it than I could have ever guessed. I had only just scratched the surface, it was intense and by the end going at an alarming pace that would be impossible to stop without more casualties.
The team that Gus works with bring so many lighter moments to the story. I suppose it is their way to deal with the horrors and then have a home life. A brilliant no holds barred read from an author prepared to go the whole way on impact. Super!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES