04 November 2016

The Hope That Kills (DI Fenchurch #1)


By Ed James

Paperback 364 pages
Publisher Thomas & Mercer (1st Sept 2016)
ISBN-13 978-1503936553

📕My Review

The Hope That Kills is a solid British crime novel from author Ed James. The writing is excellent and the plot proceeds at a good pace. Set around the seedy London sex industry where life is brutal and young girls are forced to grow up fast. Damaged cop DI Fenchurch investigates the violent murders of two teenage prostitutes whilst continuing his personal struggle to come to terms with his own young daughter's disappearance ten years previously.

A first-rate book which is certain to be lapped up by crime aficionados.

I received an Advance Reader Copy. My thanks to Ed James, NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn—nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.

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