Title: The Hope That Kills
(DI Fenchurch #1)
Author: Ed James

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: September 1st 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: September 17th 2016
Pages: 366
Rating 3,5qqq

“He didn’t look like a hot-blooded killer, but then who did?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


Those who know me are probably already aware of the fact that it’s really hard for me to say no to a proper crime thriller. When I saw The Hope That Kills mentioned I ended up giving in and requesting it at Netgalley, and now I’ve read it I’m glad I did. This first book of a new detective series is without doubt an action-packed thriller that reads like a train. The case they are investigating is interesting enough even though some of the plot twists and developments did seem to be a bit farfetched. The main character Fenchurch is a bit of a detective cliche with his messed up private life and all, and I think the story in general lacks a bit of originality. Also, there is quite some colorful language and slang included in the story, which might or might not slow you down a little. That said, The Hope That Kills is without doubt still a fast-paced and entertaining read any crime thriller lover will enjoy reading.


The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London without any ID on her. DI Simon Fenchurch is in charge of the investigation, and he is struggling to both identify her and find out who brutally murdered her. They are faced with cruel indifference during their investigation, since nobody seems to care about yet another dead prostitute. Fenchurch is still haunted by the memory of his missing daughter even after ten years, and is determined to find justice for the murdered young woman. Then a second body is discovered, and things are getting more and more complicated. There seems to be something a whole lot more complex and bigger going on than just another random murder…


I’m a sucker for crime thrillers and even though The Hope That Kills lacks originality, it is without doubt still an highly entertaining and fast-paced read. The case is interesting enough although the sex trade theme (as well as the colorful language and slang) might turn some people off. If you’re not bothered by those and don’t mind meeting another cliche detective main character, make sure to add this new series to your wishlist.