Sorrow Bound

Sorrow Bound

Book - 2014
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It's a sweltering summer in Hull, and Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy and the rest of the Serious and Organized Crime Unit are being pushed to the brink by the local drug trade as a sadistic new boss takes over and violent crime escalates. But they're distracted by something deadlier: a serial murderer with a taste for the grisly and macabre. And as the vicious monster lurking in the shadows creep closer and closer to home, McAvoy must figure out a way to protect his family at all costs.
Publisher: New York, NY : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399168208
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm.


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May 09, 2017

I love DS Aector McAvoy and his supervisor Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh. I thought the story framework was very interesting and his writing talent is terrific. But by the conclusion I was a little disappointed in how all the pieces parts fit together. My problem could have been due to the way I read, in 30-60 minute segments.

Oct 24, 2014

A promising start that never delivers. The type of pop mystery novel that you read on a plane/train and leave behind and never think about it again.

What starts as an interesting and realistic set of characters soon turn out to be caricatures of the author's obsession for body image and physical characteristics over any mental capabilities. This defines and influences his characters leading to unrealistic interactions between them.

Ending is a mishmash of manipulative thriller clich├Ęs - rain, phones that stop working, drug- induced evil vs helpless innocence, detectives struggling to arrive at conclusions that the readers have already been told by the narrator - just to create drama. It gets worse when the mystery is uncovered, not by the characters, but described by the narrator.

The ending leaves some loose ends presumably for the next novel in the series like a season finale. Unfortunately, this novel does nothing to make readers eager to read the next one.

lms Oct 05, 2014

this got a stunningly good review in Booklist. Thriller and mystery writers will want to read this title.


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