Blood Red City - Rod Reynolds

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"Keeping the scret could cost your life. Telling the secret could cost you everything.. "


A witness but no victim. A crime but no crime scene…

When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career.

But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows.

When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect … and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.

A nerve-shattering and brutally realistic thriller, Blood Red City bursts with energy and grit from the opening page, twisting and feinting to a superb, unexpected ending that will leave you breathless

My Review

I loved this authors previous series and had high hopes for this read, pleased to report I was not disapointed!

As blook bloggers I know we proberly write to often that a book hooked us! but wow where do you start this! this read this one had me hooked in from the first few pages!

A witness but no victim? who cannot fall for a tag and plot like that, delving in we meet lydia an ex investigative journalist, now stuck covering showbiz and celebrity for an online newspaper, she hates the work and is seeking a more gritty story to make he way back to the big leagues with.

When lydia recives a video of a man been attacked and possibly killed? on a train, lydia thinks this is the story to relight her career with the help of Micheal Stringer a kind of investigator? he works on the outside of socity mixing eaisly with the rich and criminals alike, answers seem to find him and both him and Lydia make an oddball kind of team.

As the investigation moves at pase neither Lydia or Stringer realise the danger they are in and as Lydia refuses to stop digging further, the men behind the event on the train and more will stop at nothing to silence them both once and for all.

I found this read utterly compelling I was hooked on the premise and then I fell hookline and sinker for Lydia and Stringer as a crime fighting partnership their chemisty and antics reminded me of the very best of the old crime fighting teams I remember watching as a child and I just know that there is more to them working together and to the characters backstories as well.

I cannot leave this review without taking about the authors view of london, during the read you are taken on a almost journey through the city highlighting the best and showing you the darker and more seedy aspects of this amazing city and the authors passion for his home town shone through.

This story was a complex string of events that the author mastifully weaves in to a kicker of an ending with the simmering hope of the next book in the series.

Author Bio

Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series.

His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian have called the books 'Pitch-perfect American noir.'

A lifelong Londoner, in 2020 Orenda Books will publish his first novel set in his hometown, Blood Red City.

Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters.

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Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.

All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.

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