Title: 30 days in June by Chris Westlake
Date Published: 26th December 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
On the 1st day of June 1988, the residents of south Wales were thrown into a state of panic when a married couple were brutally murdered in their own home. The killer, nicknamed Spartacus by the media, did not flee the scene immediately; instead, he stayed to carve Roman Numerals onto his victims’ chests.
This was the beginning of a month-long killing spree, each murder taking a step closer to home.
Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Allen was to be the final victim, on the final day of the month. Instead, he became the only survivor, and the only real witness. The killings ended as suddenly as they began. Jeffrey relocated to London, changing his name, and his identity, to Marcus Clancy. His past life became merely a dark secret.
On 1st June 2018, 30 years to the day since the first killing, a mysterious figure refers to Marcus by his old name, through closing lift doors.
Is Spartacus back? If so, has he returned to finish what he failed to do thirty years ago?
And so begins 30 days of terror for Marcus Clancy, culminating in dramatic fashion on the final day of June.
I want to thank Emma Welton for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
30 Days in June is a tense psychological thriller with a beginning that really draws you in.
The story has two narratives, 1988 when Spartacus was at the height of his reign of terror and thirty years later when Jeffery Allen, now Marcus Clancy, the serial killer’s only surviving victim, is trying his best to get on with his life. Unfortunately for him someone doesn’t want that, has Spartacus come back to finish him off?
To me, Marcus wasn’t all that likeable but he was definitely interesting and at times quite an unreliable narrator that you’re not entirely sure you can trust. I did feel sorry for him especially as he started to lose his grip on his sanity.
I have to be honest it lost a little bit of steam at certain times through the book, specifically when Marcus was talking to his therapist, I just wanted to get back into the thick of the story.
I’d recommend 30 Days in June if you like a realistic character driven crime story.
About The Author:
After completing a Creative Writing course in 2010, Chris Westlake’s short story, Welsh Lessons, was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Story Award (not bad for the first writing competition he had entered). He followed this up with 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award and 2nd place in the HASSRA Literary Award.
Chris has written three novels. 30 DAYS IN JUNE is his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second thriller, on schedule to be completed in 2020. He is determined to write many, many more – his main regret is that he didn’t start writing earlier.
Chris considers himself to be a developing author. He is always looking to improve, to make his next novel even better than the last. He is continuously experimenting with different styles, different genres.