Firstly I wish to thank Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for TORMENT by David Evans.
A message left in error on a young woman’s answering machine is the catalyst for uncovering some dark deeds. Three young women are missing, luxury cars are being stolen, and just what did happen to two young schoolgirls, missing since the 1980’s? DI Strong and journalist, Bob Souter are drawn into murky and dangerous worlds.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have been quite tickled at the thought of reading this book, as I was living in the Wakefield area at the time that this series is set, so I can recall the era really well. For me this has a real pull at your heart strings with a case from the past that takes on a little bit of a supernatural air on the story time line.
The unlikely alliance between DI Strong and journalist Bob Souter grows stronger again in this story. Souter is a get in and face the consequences later sort of bloke while Strong has to work to the book, well when others are around. They are almost like a parent and an excited child as times, with Strong trying to reel Souter back in a little. Souter is a man who really gets involved, not just for a good story but because he can make a difference. People matter to him. He is a journalist with a heart which is why they make such good partners.
There are a couple of story lines running so no lulls to catch your breath. While one story follows the disappearance of two school girls in the 1980’s the other faces the harsh realities of present day in the story time line, as young women are going missing and subsequently murdered followed by a gang style killing of a man of interest to the police.
This case takes Strong all over the place to get to the root of things. He would make a great poker player with his little stretchers of the truth when talking to the bad guys to off foot them, which gives them little option but the confess to things he has only guessed at or had little to back his assumptions up.
I love David Evans’s writing style with his use of the Yorkshire dialect to make it authentic but with not too much, so that no-one ever loses the natural flow of the story. Love the setting and the series with these two rough diamonds that give it a real sparkle!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.
The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.
Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.
Now, whilst awaiting the fourth book in the Wakefield Series (coming early 2019), the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers.
Author Website: http://www.davidevanswriter.co.uk/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Evans/e/B008Y0LHGO/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidevanswriter/
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES PLUS BUY LINKS:
#4 Tainted – coming 2018