Left You Dead: A Realistically Creepy Crime Thriller (Roy Grace Book 17)

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Left You Dead: A Realistically Creepy Crime Thriller (Roy Grace Book 17)

Left You Dead: A Realistically Creepy Crime Thriller (Roy Grace Book 17)

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Niall and Eden Paternoster start their Sunday the same way they always do - with along drive , a visit to a country house and a quick stop at the local supermarket on the way home. Husband and wife Niall and Eden Paternoster spend Sunday taking a long drive to visit a stately home and a quick stop at the local supermarket to get cat litter for the family pet.

I was continually on edge trying to work out what exactly was going on, then it had me in tears when tragedy strikes and finally I felt uplifted as hope blooms at the last minute, setting up the next novel nicely. He drives home hoping to find her there but all is quiet in the house, he rings family and friends but still no luck. One of the plot points was a major part of the story, but it was a complete side story that didn’t have any real baring on the main story at all.My one small gripe, which prevents it from being a 5 star read is that it could have been a bit shorter. There's quite a lot going on in the book and Roy and Cleo are going through some tuff personal stuff. A few days later Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder despite vigorously protesting his innocence.

I like the balance between Grace’s home situation and leading an inquiry as when you get this far into a series you want to know how things are progressing and his wife Cleo is a really good character who supportively keeps his feet on the ground. And on the personal front there is a punch in the gut moment part way through that has left me not being able to decide whether it’s a genius bit of drama or a dirty great cop-out!I did sort of guess where this storyline was going, but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of it at all.

Other plot points seemed to be mentioned (several times) alluding to some big twist, but again, they went nowhere. Meanwhile, there’s the usual sideshows that we associate with a James novel – his private life with wife Cleo and strange young son Bruno, problems for his loyal supporting cast of hard-working cops, and the malign presence of ACC Cassian Pewe looming over it all. I'm always eagerly awaiting my yearly dose of Roy Grace ever since I first started reading them during the series infancy - I was always going to be hooked on a crime drama set in my hometown of Brighton.

What follows is an, as expected, police procedural as the team question Niall Paternoster and gather information from various sources. Major Crimes in-charge Roy Grace finds something is wrong about the whole scenario and along with his whole team sets about to find the truth. She wasn’t home either so Niall finally went to bed thinking she’d gone off in a huff as she had done once before. Peter James is a global bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

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