Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for One For The Road. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.
Panicked at killing a man on a Northamptonshire country road, drunk driver Liam Ross buries the body in the woods. The man was an undercover cop. When Liam returns to the woods… the body has disappeared.
Set in present-day Northamptonshire, England, ‘One for the Road’ focuses on three interweaving threads: the repercussions for drunk driver Liam Ross after he hits a man on a country road when yet another argument with live-in nurse girlfriend, Jo, has driven him to the pub on that fateful night; gang underling Barry ‘Not Gary’ Newman; and newly married Todd Litten aka Neil Ryder, the policeman who was just doing his job.
It seems like Ms Bailey can turn her hand to anything, as she turns to the crime genre for One For The Road. It’s not my usual fast paced choice full of gore, but it does have the kind of slow burning tension that kept me intrigued until the end.
The strength of One For The Road lies in the characters. There are three strands to this novel and each strand gives the reader the perspective of a different character. This allows us to see what each person is feeling and thinking as the plot unravels. These characters are constructed in a way that makes them seem incredibly human. Their feelings are always relatable, even when they are in situations which are not familiar to me.
As with all of Bailey’s novels, One For The Road is set in Northamptonshire. Her sense of place is wonderful, and I found I could easily picture the scenes in the novel.
One For The Road is available from Amazon.
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