Title: Unspoken Truths by Liz Mistry
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 29th October 2018
Genre: Police Procedural
In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits.
First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?
Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.
Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.
So this is the fifth in the DI Gus McGuire series I would highly recommend you read the previous book Uncommon Cruelty (you can read my review here) because there were huge revelations at the end of the previous book, the fall out carrying over to this one.
Wow I genuinely think this is the most thrilling book in the series so far! There is so much packed into this book! Train crashes, torture, espionage and one of the worst snow storms in British history. Add to that, the fact I’m still reeling from the last book with the loss of one of Gus’s team and the arrest and incarceration of DS Alice Cooper on charges of corruption.
Before I carry on, I will warn those who prefer their crime a little on the lighter side, this may not be the book for you, it’s dark and unflinchingly brutal at times but personally I couldn’t put it down.
Poor Alice really has a rough ride in this book, being threatened, attacked and even Gus losing his faith in her, will she ever clear her name? The only person who shows any faith in her is Compo, the techie geek of Gus’s team who we find out a bit more about and really comes into his own as a character, I feel anyway, as he dives into the dark web to save his friend.
Gus doesn’t fare much better though, not only is he feeling increasingly guilty over Alice, issues from his past crop up in the form of his ex wife Gabriella, who’s brother Daniel goes missing after his fiancée his found dead.
The inclusion of the Beast from the East gave the book that extra air of authenticity which I’ve come to expect from Liz Mistry’s books, creating this almost desolate and dangerous landscape, adding to the tension of the novel.
Unspoken Truths is a brilliant piece of crime fiction which is unflinchingly brutal at times with so many twists and turns that will have you gripped from beginning to end.
About The Author:
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.
She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences.
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