Vanda Symon: Faceless

Today iI’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Faceless. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.


Worn down by a job he hates, and a stressful family life, middle-aged, middle-class Bradley picks up a teenage escort and commits an unspeakable crime. Now she’s tied up in his warehouse, and he doesn’t know what to do.

Max is homeless, eating from rubbish bins, sleeping rough and barely existing – known for cadging a cigarette from anyone passing, and occasionally even the footpath. Nobody really sees Max, but he has one friend, and she’s gone missing.

In order to find her, Max is going to have to call on some people from his past, and reopen wounds that have remained unhealed for a very long time, and the clock is ticking…

Hard-hitting, fast-paced and immensely thought-provoking, Faceless – the startling new standalone thriller from New Zealand’s ‘Queen of Crime’ – will leave you breathless.


I love Vanda Symon’s Sam Shephard series and whilst Faceless is completely different, it’s no less enjoyable. It’s set in a less affluent inner city area and the sense of place is brilliant. Despite having never been to New Zealand, I could picture everything perfectly and was instantly transported to each scene. 

As the title suggests, Faceless focuses on the characters in the city who are usually anonymous. Symon shines a light on these people really well and I loved meeting the characters, especially Max and Billy. They both have intriguing back stories and I wanted to know more about them and how they had ended up in the situations in which we found them. I found it really easy to sympathise with them and was rooting for them throughout the novel. 

It isn’t just the characters who make this novel: the plot is very impressive too. The chapters are short and snappy, which means the scenes change quickly and the pace is relentless. It’s perfect to keep reading “just one more chapter” and it’s very difficult to put down. 

Faceless is available from Amazon.

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