2017, Audible, Book review

Sycamore Gap by L. J. Ross #audiblereview @LJRoss_author



The past never stays buried for long…

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past.

Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.

Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.

Narrated by – Jonathan Keeble

Listening time – 9hrs 44 mins

Release date – January 21st 2016


In Sycamore Gap we are back with DCI Ryan, it’s 6 months since the events that took place in the first book Holy Island and DCI Ryan is just starting to get back to normal with a little help from his girlfriend Anna, well that is until a body is found stuffed inside the famous Hadrian’s Wall with similarities to the death of Ryan’s sister. What then follows is an extremely difficult investigation where old demons return to haunt Ryan’s life.

I’m really enjoying getting to know DCI Ryan, he’s such a brilliant character and slowly through out Holy Island and Sycamore Gap we find out about his past and the horrors that haunt him. I’m also enjoying seeing the relationship blossom with himself and Anna. Anna has also had quite a difficult time so it’s nice that they have each other to lean on.

The Northumberland setting is wonderful and Ross has a way of making you feel like you are there right in the heart of the story. I’ve never been to Hadrian’s Wall but I definitely want to go now – as long as there’s no bodies to be found though.

 This is another brilliant instalment in the DCI Ryan series, full of twists, turns, corruption and death with a touch of romance and humour. It’s dark, tense and with references to Holy Island and The Circle it really gave me the chills.

I would say you would be best to listen/read to this series in order. There is probably enough information if you were to listen/read Sycamore Gap first but I’d highly recommend both as they are just brilliant. And the ending, OMG talk about leaving you wanting more and desperately giddy to move on to book 3.

I definitely recommend this audio version with a fantastic narrator and you can purchase the audio version here or a kindle copy here.

3 thoughts on “Sycamore Gap by L. J. Ross #audiblereview @LJRoss_author”

  1. Great review 🙂 I love this series, it made me want to visit Northumberland and I have managed to see most of the places. I love when the settings in a book come alive.

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