Firstly I wish to thank Jack Steele for inviting me on his blog tour for DARK SECRETS.
Detective Joe Stone is battling personal issues alongside a promotion which he feels unready to fulfil. When a psychopath escapes from Broadmoor and starts abducting the team under his command he is under increasing pressure. Can Joe hold his nerve as events lead to a tragic finale?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh boy, oh boy! I loved the first book in this series, adored the second but well this the third and final book just blew me away. A true artist always leaves his audience wanting more and Jack Steele has definitely done that.
The opening was dramatic and I was instantly feeling that tingle on the back of my neck, not knowing if I should read faster or slow my pace, either way, it was going to be a one-sitting read as I sped along. Just the mention of Broadmoor puts a knot in my stomach but when a very organised break out takes place with a familiar character that has already made a permanent imprint on the team then they really need to feel scared.
It isn’t long before the team is well and truly feeling the wrath of ‘The Chameleon’, as there seems to be nowhere to hide from this man. I was speechless, could this be the end for the team!!!!!!!! Detective Joe Stone is certainly not a happy man but he has to put his personal feelings aside if he is ever to see his team back together again.
This is no ordinary team of detectives, this is a special unit that deals with the more unusual elements of criminals each of them quickly adapting to changing situations that they find themselves in. What an ending!
For me, this story took the gruesome up a notch and it rocked, definitely one of my top ten reads this year. Highly recommended.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jack was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Estate. He enjoyed English at school with his English teacher, Bernard Phillips, always encouraging him to enjoy reading. At 16, he left school and started a 4 year printing apprenticeship. ‘To say there were a few dodgy characters that I worked/mixed with would be an understatement. They included petty criminals, football hooligans and gangsters.’ Obviously great characters for his novel! As Jack grew older, his love for the Crime Fiction genre became more apparent. As the years rolled by he became more discerning. ‘The Crime Fiction books I was reading were either too descriptive with little action, or too many characters that confused me.’ He decided to write a crime novel that appealed to his own personal taste. He spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects. He concentrated on reading fiction/non-fiction on the subjects of Organised Crime, the Mafia, Vice, Psychopaths and Policing.’ Jack completed a creative writing course and attended workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio. In 2016 Jack published his first Crime Fiction novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. ‘A lot of my characters are based on old colleagues and acquaintances. My readers have enjoyed their own particular character in the book. Many have picked out the doorman, Norman, as one that could have his own series!’ The final words go to Jack. ‘I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who have been so supportive through this process. Their encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.’ Jack Steele is the pen name of Mark Homan.