I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Endless Silent Scream by Tony J. Forder
Published by Spare Nib Books on March 9th 2020
Genres: Crime, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural
Format: ARC, eBook
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He saved her life once. Can he do it again?
When DI Bliss prevents fifteen-year-old Molly from jumping off the roof of a tall building, he has no idea how deeply she will impact on his life. After learning that the girl is a drugs courier, Bliss realises she is in great danger. As he struggles to have Molly relocated, a local drug dealer and an enforcer sent by the supplier, have other plans for her.
After the remains of a freelance journalist are discovered, an old flame comes back into Bliss’s life. With the clock ticking down, he realises it’s only a matter of time before reports emerge linking the murdered journalist with the police, putting added pressure on the Major Crimes team to find the killer – even if it’s one of their own.
With Bliss torn between the two investigations, he becomes increasingly desperate to move Molly to safety before she can be silenced. But with his focus on saving the girl for a second time, Bliss is blinded to other dangers…
I want to make one thing crystal clear…Endless Silent Scream is the very first book that I have read penned by the incredibly talented Tony J. Forder. Upon finishing this one, I immediately added the other five books to my tbr. This book can easily be read as a standalone and I certainly didn’t feel that I missed huge chunks of backstory. This author has a new fan – his writing is akin to being blindfolded and thrown into an icy lake and being left to tread the icy depths alone. It’s in equal measures terrifying but also thrilling and you best be prepared for the ride of your life.
The synopsis instantly drew me in. it was a difficult topic with that was dealt with the utmost dignity and respect. His characters are edgy and relatable and its most definitely inspiration from everyday life. These are people you would meet on the street, they seep in compassion, the indominable urge to do right and they all seem to have a personal history that makes them carry out the job over and above the call of duty. They say that when you join the police force you become married to it, the characters in Endless Silent Scream are no exception.
A girl on a roof threatening to jump. A thrilling starting point to our novel and the first point of contact with DI Bliss. It sets the scene perfectly. The eeriness of someone having reached the end of their rope, someone feeling so bleak that they see no way out, really struck a chord…an emotional one. The descriptions of the grey buildings and the weather matched the mood of the opening chapter resolutely. Stand back and allow the wind and rain to whip through your hair but beware of the precipice you are standing on – one wrong move could end your existence. Tony J. Forder’s unique narrative style ensured that I would stay rooted to the spot and swallowed into his immersive way of storytelling. DI Bliss treats the girl like the daughter he never had…although quite obviously worried about her mental state he tackles it in the best way possible. The only way. Banter. Still giving her anonymity. Her own will. She isn’t railroaded. This event has affected DI Bliss in more ways than he bargained for and he must see it to completion.
One point about this story I loved was the team. The author injected a realistic sense of camaraderie but also with those sticky prickly colleagues. Everywhere has them! The truth of the matter is, when push comes to shove, they all work together bypassing those office politics that I absolutely hate! DI Bliss is our hero and although he was soft to the suicidal girl, he has a tough outer shell when needed. The perfect characteristics for a police officer. His one liners and banter and had audible giggles escaping and that kept him endearing in through-out. I did however, wonder how he got through some events in his past – my eyes were in sharp focus and searching for my own clues!
The speed and pace of this novel was like a bullet. You had to be careful to dodge those speeding impacts, but you still wanted to race to the finish to determine the secrets from the lies and I can hand on heart say that the ending was super satisfying. The emotion broke free from the pages and grabbed me by the throat. A book so incredibly well written.
Endless Silent Scream took me on a twisty and emotional journey that left me vulnerable and wrought – a rare gem that stands out with its beautiful writing and mesmerising narrative. Compelling and utterly immersive.
Thanks to Sarah @ Books On The Brightside for spot on the blog tour.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of Guilt, If Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, were joined by The Death of Justice, on 9 September 2019. Book number six, Endless Silent Scream, will be published on 9 March 2020.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Scream Blue Murder, an action-adventure thriller, was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. The sequel, Cold Winter Sun, was published in November 2018.
Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently editing a new novel, and has also started on Bliss #7, Slow Slicing.
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