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Unforgivable: A gritty new police drama for fans of Stuart MacBride (Dc Will Macready 2) Kindle Edition
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This book opens with a catastrophic bang and I was immediately hooked. The scenes of chaos, the terror…my heart ached for the families, the normal everyday people caught up in a cataclysmic event. The author has expertly created an incredibly tense opening to what proves to be a terrifying yet realistic story, one I thoroughly enjoyed.
I’m still unsure exactly how I feel about DC Will MacReady. I do like him, but there are certain aspects that left me feeling cold. I loved his determination, his work ethic, his budding relationship with his newborn son and his utter distaste towards his thuggish, wife-beating brother. What left me feeling was cold was his extra-marital affair with a television journalist and his frostiness towards his wife. However (and it’s a big however) MacReady has been through some emotionally traumatic times, that’s clear for the reader to see. But whether these painful incidents permit him to pursue his affair…well, I don’t know. The author has put MacReady in a marital situation that would test the most devoted of couples. And it’s an interesting one. Really, really interesting.
There were several mentions of an event which occurred in the first book. At certain points, I wish I had been able to read Ash and Bones before Unforgivable so I could find out the intricacies of the previous investigation and exactly how it had played out, as it spills over ever so slightly into Unforgivable. Saying that, the author has done a great job of ensuring you have just enough of the back story for the book to make perfect sense. I would say, if anything, I now want to read the first book in the series more than ever!
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! You can tell from early on that the author is ex-police. There is no messing around in Unforgivable, you’re thrown head first into the melee and it is BRILLIANT! A terrifying tale of revenge and bitterness expertly narrated by an author who has lived life on the front line. A must read for crime thriller fans!
Four and a half out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an ARC of Unforgivable. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
If you haven’t read the first in the series, Ash and Bones, don’t worry as Unforgivable works as a standalone. Thomas perfectly gives enough information in order for you to be able to follow how MacReady and his colleagues got to where they currently are without deflecting from the new plot. However, trust me when I say you will want to read Ash and Bones!
I was expecting from the blurb a fairly straightforward story about the police investigating a terrorist attack. Unforgivable delivers more than this, however, with Thomas turning the theme of terrorism on its head. Thomas taps into the rise of Islamophobia and far-right groups across the country resulting in Unforgivable being incredibly current.
You are dragged into the story from the start. Unforgivable starts with a bang (literally!) and the pace is unrelenting from there on. The vivid descriptions within the first few chapters place you directly in the middle of the action, experiencing everything that is going on, and all its horrors. This is a book that you struggle to put down as its pace and plot beg for it to be read quickly and it becomes all absorbing.
I was pleased to spend time with MacReady et al again and Unforgivable takes up where we last left off a few months down the line. While MacReady is no longer the new boy within his team, he is still treated as such especially following events that occurred during Ash and Bones. He has a new partner in the completely unlikable Paul Echols who isn’t making his life any easier! MacReady’s personal life remains complicated which adds another layer to the book. I really like MacReady; he is intelligent, plucky and on the ball.
Thomas’s first-hand experience of police work shines through and his writing remains authentic. He doesn’t shy away from describing the less than glamorous side of police work and in Unforgivable the impact of austerity cuts enforced by the current government are starkly visible. While as a civvy you are aware that the cuts have an impact, Thomas brings the actual realities straight into your consciousness as resources to investigate the murder of a young woman are scant following the terrorist attacks. This true-to-life approach is one of the things that really appeals to me about Thomas’s books.
Unforgivable is a fantastic, high-adrenaline, close-to-the-bone read and the DC MacReady books are now firmly placed on my list of favourite and highly recommended detective series’.
An lone attacker enters a yearly multicultural market/Souk in Cardiff and starts throwing IED's and then continues to set off a rucksack bomb. Death, panic and commotion ensues. Shortly after an explosion rips apart a mosque, while in a courtroom across the city a group of Asians are on trial for the vicious assault and murder of a young white male. The details of the murder are horrendous and quite upsetting - quite understandable that there is now unrest in the city due to this crime.
The author Mike Thomas describes the vibrant Souk in such detail as to make you believe you are actually there, smelling the spices and the food cooking and listening to all the different languages chattering about.
DC Will MacReady and his colleagues are tasked with finding the attacker - whilst still trying to prove himself after a horrific event the previous year. However, he feels sidelined when he's asked to investigate a vicious knife attack on a young woman. I haven't read the first in the MacReady series but there's enough in this book for it to be read and understood as a standalone.
I wasn't aware there were so many different departments across the police force and the author is well informed at all the different jobs that these officers do. There was a lot of sarcasm and negativity between the officers at times, but under pressure like they were here, I imagine this would be normal.
Action packed tension filled with emotion and intrigue this book is a brilliant read. Combining a police procedural with a powerful thriller storyline - I highly recommend "Unforgivable" and I would happily read more by Mike Thomas again.