It is with great honour that today I get to share my review for Race To The Kill by Helen Cadbury. Helen sadly passed away in June this year and is a great loss to the bookish community. My thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends. My thanks go to Allison and Busby and Anne Cater for the arc in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her.
She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee.
The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.
Race To The Kill will be released 21st September 2017 by Allison and Busby and is available to pre-order now.
This is the third book in the Sean Denton series but could easily be read as a stand alone.
Sean Denton is in the middle of a night shift alongside his partner Gav when he is approached by a lady, she is distressed and desperate for them to follow. What they discover when they do is a body in an old abandoned school and with no witnesses it’s going to be a tough case to crack.
Sean is a brilliant character, very down to earth and easy to like. He’s trying to travel up the career ladder and be the best that he can but with his father being ill and his half-sister now living with his father and caring for him, he has an underlying guilt and added extra pressure but seems to take everything in his stride. His determination really shone out in Race To The Kill and he’s such a believable character I couldn’t help having a little soft spot for him.
There are many different threads to this story, each one as engrossing as the next and I was wondering how they would all come together. Each chapter leaves you wanting to know more and it was very difficult to put down, apparently sleep is very important but when you get so engrossed in a book like Race To Kill you know the next day coffee will be your best friend.
Race To The Kill is a tense read that is filled with complex characters and a plot that is so well crafted and believable with many twists. Like I said previously I didn’t know how it would all come together but Helen Cadbury has weaved a tale that is like a jigsaw puzzle and everything fits into place neatly. It’s very satisfying but so exciting trying to put all those pieces together. I could easily harp on and on about the story but I don’t want to give anything away as I think the reader needs to discover and feel the satisfaction I did.
As you’ll probably have guessed I thoroughly enjoyed Race To The Kill, it’s a must read for fans of this genre and one I’ll be highly recommending.
Helen Cadbury was a York based writer whose debut novel, To Catch a Rabbit, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award.
Helen was born in the Midlands and brought up in Birmingham and Oldham, Lancashire.
Helen died in June 2017.
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