Paul Cleave: The Pain Tourist

Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for The Pain Tourist. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


How do you catch a killer…
When the only evidence is a dream?

James Garrett was critically injured when he was shot following his parents’ execution, and no one expected him to waken from a deep, traumatic coma. When he does, nine years later, Detective Inspector Rebecca Kent is tasked with closing the case that her now retired colleague, Theodore Tate, failed to solve all those years ago.

But between that, and hunting for Copy Joe – a murderer on a spree, who’s imitating Christchurch’s most notorious serial killer – she’s going to need Tate’s help. Especially when they learn that James has lived out another life in his nine-year coma, and there are things he couldn’t possibly know, including the fact that Copy Joe isn’t the only serial killer in town…


Having read and loved The Quiet People last year, I was really pleased to have the opportunity to read and review The Pain Tourist. It definitely starts with a bang and it doesn’t let go. The pace is relentless and the short chapters make it easy to keep reading way past bedtime – even if that might not be a good idea! 

The police officers in The Pain Tourist, Tate and Kent don’t always go about solving their cases in the most conventional way. There were some tense moments when they found themselves in danger, especially towards the end. but I was rooting for them the whole way through to get to the bottom of what was going on. 

The plotting in The Pain Tourist is absolutely out of this world. There are a few different plots that run alongside each other in the novel. I loved how they worked together was really intrigued to see how they would all come together. Cleave has a wonderful imagination and he puts his ideas to paper in such an engaging way! 

I can’t wait to see what this author does next! 

The Pain Tourist is available from Amazon.

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