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.Dance With The Reaper by Wes Markin
on July 31st 2020
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How do you stop a perfect killer?
After the terrible events of the past year, DCI Yorke's team are on the verge of finding peace. But after a terrifying act of violence shatters their equilibrium, they are forced to dance with a skilled assassin who knows no equal.
After it becomes clear that this hitman is connected to the most shadowy of criminal organisations, Yorke is forced to dive into his own past, and face a future in which he is either alone, or dead.
Can Yorke and those he holds dearest survive the Reaper? Or will this be one dance too many?
"An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can't wait to see more of Detective Yorke." – Bestselling Crime Author Stephen Booth
Dance With The Reaper – how many people have tried to do just that and lost? A haunting title, a disturbing cover and a soul breaking synopsis. Wes Markin has penned a story that can only build upon the DCI Yorke franchise. So, who pray tell would dare dance with the Reaper? Someone who has given up on life? Someone that lives a life with reckless abandon? Or is this something else entirely? Well you’ll need to read it for yourself to find out.
I’ll let you into a little secret – I couldn’t wait to read Dance With The Reaper. It was highly anticipated, and I so desperately wanted it to live up to my expectations. I couldn’t wait to uncover the secrets it was desperate for me to unleash. My worst fear is something happening to one of my children. You want to the natural order of things to follow through. I don’t think life would be worth living if they didn’t live under the same sky. For one character that scenario becomes a reality, but they don’t have the opportunity to say goodbye, but they do witness it of a kind. The heartache, the trauma and the emotion would be enough to break anyone.
I’ve already mentioned the cover – you can feel the desolation and very quickly the action-packed narrative seeped into my veins and I became at one with the enigmatic words. We have dual POV’s told and it brings clarity and a multi-faceted understanding to the timeline. It brings you to that pin dropping moment that feels like a tsunami carrying you away. By the almighty power of Zeus, the author at no point sugar coats anything. The power of the story sweeps you on. The story opens with a local woman, a radio broadcast presenter being held at gunpoint. If a listener can guess the perpetrators favourite song, then he won’t kill her…can someone guess in time?
Dance With The Reaper takes us on a journey with DCI Yorke. The details that are scattered, the unsaid words and the palpitating heat and perspiring sweat and the moment when you wonder if everything will be ok. Wes Markin knows just how his readers tick – he has that secret formula that just allows him to connect with us. I’ve read many crime fiction novels and it takes a lot now to move me one way or the other. This story just managed to get under my skin and that doesn’t happen as often as it used to.
Crime is a scary and unfortunately inevitable occurrence in our social world. Well Wes Markin has manged to have me checking over my shoulder all that more now. Our assassin is one scary dude – not just your average shady character, he is terrifyingly awful. We have a Russian ex-pat with little words, but he more makes up for that in height and bulk and the strength of 10 incredible hulks. It’s the aspect of the story that had me quaking the most.
Dance With The Reaper has success written all over it. Wes Markin knows how to play with your head and leave you dazed. A cat and mouse chase, a race against the clock, a superb voice in British crime fiction.
Thanks to Caroline Vincent for a copy of the ebook and my spot on the blog tour – always a pleasure.
ABOUT WES MARKIN
Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having finished the fifth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Dance with the Reaper, Wes is now working on the sixth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.