Title: Selene by Stewart Giles
Date Published: 1st May 2016
Genre: Police Procedural
A man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas.
DS Jason Smith and his team are baffled. It appears he has been drugged, killed and carefully wrapped up in a duvet. The only evidence Smith finds are some strands of hair belonging to a woman. One month later, another man is killed in exactly the same manner but there appears to be no link whatsoever to the two men apart from the fact that they were both single, lonely and middle aged.
Haunted by lucid dreams and terrifying double awakenings, Smith stumbles upon something that will send him on a hunt for the most baffling murderer the people of York has even seen. With time quickly running out before the next full moon and the safety of one of his closest colleagues entering the equation, Smith finally closes in on the most terrifying murderer he has ever come across.
This is roller-coaster ride of a thriller with twists and turns all the way to an ending you wont expect.
If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.
What readers are saying about Selene:
‘A super author with a great balance of personal and professional story-lines. Can’t get enough of this series, every book is eagerly waited for.’ – Patti36
‘Thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading the next book of the series. What unique story lines and twists.’ –Kerry Whitehead
‘I LOVE a good thriller and this one did not disappoint – I was hooked right to the very end – I finished reading this book under the light of the supermoon – very surreal. Great writing style – Smith would make a great TV series!’ – Zoe
‘A Great Read! Very intense at times, excellent writing and well worth the time to read. You can’t go wrong with a Stewart Giles book!!!’– Kindle Customer
‘I have been binge reading the entire DS Smith series and I love them all! It is rare that a series captivates me as this one has, holds my interest, is filled with interesting characters, twists and turns, and is exciting!’ – JeffKnowsStuff
BOOKS BY STEWART GILES
DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker
Christmas 2010 York – Lonely middle aged men are being brutally slain in the light of the full moon.
Romania 1985 – A young girl called Selene witnesses a human sacrifice and is held captive by the high priest.
How are these two events linked? Will DS Jason Smith figure it out before the killer strikes again?
So this is number six in the Smith series (you can read my review of the last book Harlequin here) and I would highly recommend you read them in order just because you’ll miss out on some of the overall story line.
Another action packed and intriguing read from Stewart Giles but brace yourselves though because this is a bit of an emotional one too!
Jason is being tortured by double awakenings otherwise know as lucid dreams with each one more terrifying than the next but considering how many times he’s almost died, it didn’t surprise me that all of his emotional issues are finally catching up with him!
In the last book we had the addition of DI Bryonny Brownhill who continued to grow in this book. But there was also the addition of Yang Chu. He actually appeared at the end of the last book but he becomes a permanent member of the team and gets more of a role in this one. He’s smitten with DC Whitton but that bothers Smith, is he jealous, will he and Whitton finally get it together?
I did have a few issues though. The first was Thompson’s sudden illness, I felt it was too out of the blue and rushed. I was also left scratching my head at the ending but of course that is just my opinion!
Overall Selene is a fast paced, suspenseful novel with plenty of red herrings that will keep you guessing until the end.
About The Author:
After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.
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