Pages: 529 Published: 2012 Genre: Crime, Detective
“For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him. For rock superstar Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. For Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city’s greatest love story – between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert – is incalculable. For Detective superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning.”
This book was incredible. I can easily say that this book is now one of my top 5 books that I have read both this year and probably ever. I’ve never read any of Peter James’s books before, but after reading this one I am determined to read his full Roy Grace series, regardless of order. This book reminded me an awful lot of one of my other favourite books, ‘Stalker’ by Lars Kepler, which I highly, highly recommend. I thought the writing style was really similar and I loved the way it was written. A weird one, but I also really like it when a book just has lots of shorter chapters rather than a small amount of long ones, I find this actually encourages me to read more and therefore making the book un-put-downable for me as I am a chapter to chapter reader, I refuse to stop reading before finishing the chapter.
As for characters I really liked Roy Grace as a character, he had a good back story, good personality and was real. Really I thought all the characters were great, usually I also find one character that I struggle to get on with but here there were all so different and well written, I especially liked Norman Potting as the comic relief, he had some great lines. As for our ‘antagonist’ I never saw it coming, and in a good way, I don’t want a really predictable culprit but I also don’t want a culprit where it makes no sense for them to have done the crime, this antagonist was the perfect middle ground. As for the moment of revelation, it was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down and basically read the last 3/4 of the book in one sitting. It’s been awhile since I’ve been this hooked into a book but I couldn’t praise this book enough for it.
Overall, if you are looking for a new crime book to read I couldn’t recommend this one enough. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and to also review them.
My Rating: 5/5 STARS