Firstly I wish to thank Graham Smith, the author, and Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this Blog Tour for When the Waters Recede: Two Dead bodies, one evil woman, one mystery man.
When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation.
The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit.
Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is one pure adrenaline crime lovers fix from the opening chapter to way past closing the book so be prepared for buckling up for a day. The fast paced action and heart in your mouth moments just make it a perfect balance of work and personal situation dilemmas for the team.
After a car has been pulled from the flood waters it holds a gruesome discovery in the boot, that of the body of a headless woman and a dead mystery man still sat at the wheel in the car. This is just part of the spidery web of investigations that the unpredictable and determined Cumbrian team get their teeth into this time.
Oh bloody hell, it wasn’t long before I realised that two of my favourite characters, former D. I. Harry Evans and D. C Lauren Phillips were having their own crisis moments in their personal lives. Harry was fighting an internal struggle while normally sassy and independent Lauren was tackling something more psychical. Both of them know each other too well not to notice when things are not right. Harry has always been like a father figure to the whole team from when he was D. I. to his role now as consultant, his old team still turn to him for advice rather than D. I. John Campbell, who to be honest is in between a rock and a hard place quite a bit of the time. Still don’t like him! Sorry mate you won’t ever be #TeamCampbell
Oh boy this story just gets better and better from the uneasy feeling twinges I just began with to I need more oxygen moments that just blew me away. This is just pure pulse pounding perfection! Whoa Graham Smith knows how to hit that spot that just freezes moments where you stop the race to get to the good bit because it just may be the outcome that you don’t want. I was in frenzy heaven because I had to dive back in. Oh wow! OH WOW! What a story!
This book can be read as a stand alone but really get in and read the series and get to know the team. Love how although this is a complete story the personal drama of the team is left in the balance. My mind is already spinning and my pulse rising for what is still to come. Superb!
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of two explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies and The Kindred Killers. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas.
He is the proud father of a young son. And as a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.