Firstly I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for inviting me to read and review Killing Rock by Robert Daws.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The mummified remains of a woman’s body have been discovered at a demolition site on the Eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar. A family are massacred in the grounds of a millionaire s mansion near Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol. The Royal Gibraltar Police Force and their Spanish counterparts in Marbella, begin their separate investigations. Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan and Chief Inspector Gus Broderick soon find themselves at the centre of a gruesome, dangerous and elusive murder investigation. Their nightmarish quest to stop more killings, leads them to the ghosts of murders past and a very real threat to their own lives in the present. Beneath the heat of the Mediterranean sun, Sullivan and Broderick are on the murder trail once again.
I have to admit that this is my first book in this series and it read pretty well to me without any problems. The gruesome discovery of a body, that has been a long time dead, triggers off a link to the past that will knock your socks off. The story is not only at a running pace throughout it totally wowed me on an ending that blew me away.
The author certainly has a flare to captivate your attention, with chips of the past being filled in where they count. There is an instant like to DS Tara Sullivan who is like a racehorse raring to become part of the investigation that is spanning both Gibraltar and Marbella. Tara is newly arrived from Britain to begin working with the police force in a month. Seen as a hero to the public, her superiors back home see her as a liability that takes too many chances, hence her new position. When a chance opens for her to help she doesn’t have to be asked twice.
There are a few pretty macabre deaths, totally fascinating, that leave a clear message to a certain group of people who know who they are. The story falls back to a couple of young girls and their introduction to the night club scene. It certainly brought back memories for me. The author really got them both perfect.
The story becomes really personal for one officer’s, whose wife has been missing a number of years. This story just kept giving but in a way that you always feel like you are flowing with it, following every movement and moment in perfect harmony.
Although this is part of a series, this is book 3, the story completely ties all the ends up and all the questions are answered. A brilliant book that I can’t recommend enough!
I wish to thank Rebecca Collins of Hobeck Books for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As an actor, Robert has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott and Richard Harris’s Outside Edge, for which he was nominated best actor in the British Comedy awards. Other series in which he has played major roles include John Sullivan’s Roger, Roger and Rock and Chips, Holby City, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Agatha Raisin. He has most recently appeared as Dr Thomas Choake in Poldark for the BBC and as the psychotic drugs baron Shank, in Sky’s black comedy Sick Note. Killing Rock is the third novel in his Rock crime series featuring DS Tamara Sullivan and DCI Gus Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police. He lives in Ampthill, Bedfordshire with his wife, actress Amy Robbins and two daughters.