2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

Nothing to Hide by James Oswald (Constance Fairchild Book 2) @SirBenfro @Wildfirebks @annecater

Today is paperback publication day for Nothing to Hide by James Oswald and I have the great pleasure of sharing my review as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation and the publishers for the copy of the book.

About the book

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. 

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. 

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .

Nothing to Hide is available to buy now – Amazon UK

My thoughts

Nothing to Hide is the second book in the Constance Fairchild series and after reading No Time to Cry, book 1, I’ve been eagerly anticipating book 2 and what a cracker it is. Although Nothing to Hide could be read as a stand-alone book I would highly recommend reading No Time to Cry first so you can get the full Constance Fairchild experience.

We meet up with Con, only her mother calls her Constance, as she returns to London after her last case where she unearthed corruption within the police force and saw the arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men. Still suspended from duty, Con is trying to keep her head down as there’s a lot of unwanted attention from reporters but after returning to her flat she finds a mutilated boy, barely alive hidden among the rubbish outside.

Not being able to join in with the investigation is tough for Con, and it seems that a lot of her colleagues have turned against her since her last case but she’s determined to help if she can.

I honestly love Cons character, she’s very much a lone figure, she doesn’t have any friends, no boyfriend, she hardly speaks to her wealthy parents but she just gets on with things. Her parents cut her off from the inheritance due to her choice of career and I think that makes her more determined to succeed.

The investigation is very dark and spine chilling. I’d say it isn’t for the faint hearted but I absolutely loved it. Con stumbles across a church movement who claim to help the homeless and drug addicts and when she finds the Church leader at her mothers house, Con isn’t convinced he’s just as holy as he makes out he is.

Taking us from London to Edinburgh I loved how the author has managed to slip in some of his characters from his Inspector McLean series, that gave me a little smile even though it was a small appearance but I’d love to see McLean and Fairchild work together sometime. That would be good.

Nothing to Hide is a fantastic read, it’s gripping, chilling, addictive and just down right brilliant. It’s a book that I couldn’t put down but when I got about 50 pages from the end I found myself going to make a cuppa, letting the dog out, making excuses to put the book down because I didn’t want it to end and now I have to wait for book 3, sob sob.

Constance Fairchild i have to say is now one of my favourite detectives and I can’t blooming wait to read more soon.

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About the author

James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award.

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

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