Today I am delighted to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for One Last Prayer For The Rays. My review is written with thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.
School should be the safest place in the world. Not this winter.
DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.
When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.
But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers change him forever?
One Last Prayer for the Rays, introducing DCI Michael Yorke.
One Last Prayer For The Rays is a promising introduction to this new series featuring DCI Michael Yorke. This particular novel focuses more on the personal lives of his colleagues than Yorke himself, but he seems to be a compassionate man who relies heavily on his instinct, and he is determined to get results. There is definitely a deeper back story behind him, and I look forward to learning what it is, just as I enjoyed learning about the others this time round, particularly Jake and Emma.
I like my crime novels to be bloody, and you cannot get much more bloody than when blood is plastered all over the walls of a school toilet. This is the starting point for One Last Prayer For The Rays, and it only escalates from here. I frequently gasped with shock at the barbaric crimes in this novel, so it may not be for the squeamish, but it kept me on my toes!
The focus of the investigation in One Last Prayer For The Rays is the Ray family, who over the years have gathered their fair share of enemies. They have a complex family tree, and Markin puts a lot of meat on the bones to make them an intriguing bunch. Their family history plays a huge part in the novel and I loved the way Markin brings all the characters together, because I had to know who they were and what they were hiding. The tension was immense, and I was hooked from the first page to the last!
One Last Prayer For The Rays is available from Amazon.
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