Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Unseen Evil by Liz Mistry
New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.
Social Media can be the death of you …
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend.
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.
Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow, I feel like the team have been broken and mended with sticky tape as I began reading and by the time I got to the end, I felt like somethings can never be like they once were. This is a cracking team that has faced more than their fair share of knocks, trust with some of them still needs building back up but they never have time to fully recover.
Snapchat is a favourite with the younger generations but when a young lad receives a picture of his dead friend he at first thinks it is a prank. Unfortunately, it isn’t. This is the beginning of a horrific string of vicious murders of teenagers, all caught in pictures and posted on social media. You soon find out that there is a tight group involved all with nic-names so impossible to know who they are. The one thing that is obvious is they are still at school.
I love that Liz Mistry tackles real-life problems head-on. From bullying and peer pressure to relationships and standing your ground. There are shocking discoveries and families and friends are left torn to shreds. Gus is under terrific pressure both in his personal life and his work life, which overlap continually in this story. This is an emotionally draining and a wickedly brilliant read with modern life taking its pound of flesh.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.