ARC REVIEW: What Doesn’t Kill You – by Ed James @ThomasMercerUK

Title: What Doesn’t Kill You
(DI Fenchurch #3)
Author: Ed James

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: April 20th 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: April 12th 2017
Pages: 398

“Remind me why I do this job again?” “Because when you stop hitting your head against the brick wall, there’s a surge of relief.”

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

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I read the first two books of this detective series last year and enjoyed them, so it was an easy decision to request a copy of the third book as well. I was looking forward to another entertaining and intense ride, but found myself struggling to get a proper feel for the story instead. Like in the first two books, What Doesn’t Kill You starts right in the middle of the action, but I had a hard time connecting to the story this time. Part of the problem was the excessive use of ‘colorful’ language… I don’t mind a bit of swearing if it adds something to the story (in fact, it didn’t bother me in the first two books), but I felt the swearing crossed the line of tolerance in What Doesn’t Kill You. DI Fenchurch started to annoy me as well, even though the case itself is quite interesting. In the second half of this third book the pace picked up considerably and the story became a lot more intense and easier to enjoy. You will definitely have to prepare yourself for some very shocking plot twists! I’m not sure everything about the plot is exactly credible though, and it also felt like too much action and too many plot twists were squeezed together in the final part. Overall I guess I feel the ‘spark’ of the previous two books is missing. I’m not sure what I feel about the ending either, although at least it doesn’t end with a big cliffhanger this time.

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first two books of this series yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

When the body of a young lawyer is discovered on an East London building site, the investigation initially leads DI Simon Fenchurch to a driver employed by a new app-based cab company called Travis. The woman was assaulted and brutally murdered, and the team struggles to find something truly solid on the suspect. Then another woman is found murdered close to where she lives, and she turns out to be a Travis driver. Are the two cases connected? And what has Travis have to do with all of it? Something a lot bigger than just the two murders seems to be going on…

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I was looking forward to this third DI Fenchurch book, but I can’t say it exactly lived up to expectations. While I struggled to get a proper connection to the story in the first part, the second half of the story felt almost rushed at points and there was just too much going on. Sure, some very shocking revelations are made and there is no lack of action especially in the second half, but I don’t think What Doesn’t Kill You is actually as good as the first two books. Such a shame! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed book four will restore my faith in this series…


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ARC REVIEW: Worth Killing For – by Ed James

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Title: Worth Killing For
(DI Fenchurch #2)
Author: Ed James

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: October 24th 2016
Pages: 412
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“He’s like napalm, Kay. Give him something to work on and watch it explode.”

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

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I read the first book of this series The Hope That Kills not that long ago and enjoyed it, so it was quite an easy decision wanting to read the sequel as well. And I can say I ended up enjoying Worth Killing For even better than the first book. Sure, the main character Fenchurch is still a mayor detective cliche with his messed up private life and all, but in this series it just works. And why change a formula that seems to be working for so many authors in the first place right? Worth Killing For is without doubt a fast-paced read and literally packed with action scenes. I mean, the story even opens with a wild suspect chase! The story reads superfast and the case is without doubt interesting, although a bit on the limit with the race triggers. That said, this crime thriller is without doubt an excellent choice for any fan of the genre. And that ending! I will be waiting impatiently for the third book to come out to find out more about that cliffhanger…

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first book of this series yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

A young woman is attacked in broad daylight and left bleeding to death on the pavement, and DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife are among the eyewitnesses. Fenchurch doesn’t hesitate long and starts pursuing the attacker and eventually arrests a teenager with a bunch of stolen phones. What seems to be an easy case turns into something else… Did the guy Fenchurch arrested really do it ? And was it really all just about a smartphone? Fenchurch is starting to feel something is off, but before he can probe further he is removed from the case. That won’t stop him though…

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Worth Killing For is without doubt a strong sequel to what was already a great start of a new detective series. It’s fast-paced and literally packed with action scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat as soon as you start reading the first chapters. The prose is easy to read and even though I had some minor issues, I can recommend this story to any crime fiction fan.

ARC REVIEW: The Hope That Kills – by Ed James

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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
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“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! ***

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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.

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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…

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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.