ARC REVIEW: Never Say Goodbye – by Richard Parker @bookouture

Title: Never Say Goodbye
(Detective Tom Fabian #1)
Author: Richard Parker
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: August 14th 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: July 30th 2018
Pages: 284

“There was never definitive justice but there were pockets of it.”

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

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After an excellent experience with the author’s previous work, I just HAD to try out his new detective series. My experience with Richard Parker‘s thrillers has shown that he writes them to be dark, disturbing and lightning fast, so I might have set my expectations a tad too high. There is no doubt that Never Say Goodbye was a very interesting start of a new detective series, and I had a great time figuring out the who and why. BUT. I was expecting something with a little more impact to actually be able to blow my socks off. It was fast, it had a creepy serial killer, it had twists and disturbing moments, but overall there was just something about the story that didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It might just have been that I’ve read one too many detective series already, but the new detective didn’t really stand out for me. It’s not that the character development is bad, and I guess there is a strong base for the future books, but I’m not sure detective Tom Fabian and his team stood out from other detective teams so far. The case was an interesting one though, and I liked the idea of the murder map and the different streets in London. It’s weird to say this as the murders are quite gruesome, but I would have liked a little more focus on them and/or more disturbing details to add more suspense? I guess Never Say Goodbye didn’t manage to creep me out as much as I thought it would, but again this could have been just me having different expectations after his previous books. That said, I’m definitely curious about the next book after that cliffhanger ending.

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Detective Tom Fabian hasn’t had a big success on his name after catching the serial killer Christopher Wisher two years ago, and the word is going around that his days are numbered. But then he is put on a new case after an unfortunate incident, and he has another chance to prove himself. What seemed to be a series of random stabbings, might just be something a whole lot more complicated and sinister… And Tom and his team will have to race against the clock to stop the attacker before another person gets hurt.

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If you enjoy detective thrillers and solving whodunits, Never Say Goodbye is a very entertaining addition to your reading list. While for me it lacked the little something extra to really make it stand out from other detective series, there is no doubt that the writing is strong, the plot twists are there and the killer is well disguised. The idea behind the plot is an interesting one as well! And the ending is a killer. All in all not a bad start of a new detective series!


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9 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Never Say Goodbye – by Richard Parker @bookouture

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  3. Aye, there’s always the comparison moment when one becomes somewhat of an expert in a genre 😉 Glad you enjoyed this still, even though it missed that extra bit of oomph for you… Who knows, the sequel could blow your socks off that bit extra 😀

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    • Haha I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I guess I had different expectations after reading some of his stand-alones… Those are so disturbing that this case seemed mild in comparison. xD I’m looking forward to the sequel though.

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