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  • DI Eve Hunter, fantastic debut novel

    This is an excellent debut novel, a police procedural with a great team of characters. DI Eve Hunter is Chief Investigating Officer with the Aberdeen Major Incident Team. She has been off work for six months, after her and her work colleague and friend D.C. Nicola Sanders are injured after being called out to an incident. Eve is going back to work under the proviso that she continues to be seen by the police psychiatrist, she is also still taking pain meds for her recent injury which still niggles. Taking Sanders’ place is new D.C.Jo Mearns who makes it clear she isn’t keen on Eve, as she has been listening to stories told by D.C. Scott Ferguson who also blames Eve for the injuries sustained by Sanders. But is some of that a little bit of guilt himself? The story starts 20 years earlier with an incident, then jumps to present day, the perpetrator’s story is told in past and present. Most of the rest of the story is told in present, except for when learning more about Eve ,her past and the accident. Just back in her job, a serial killer is on the loose, he removes tongues from his victims all women, and places a newspaper article on each body. His crimes seem to take place once a week, but what do these women have in common? The team are unable to find any links. The first half of the book was at times a little slow, but it was setting up the relationships and back stories. The second half was full on. With lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I liked the team, the characters are good, I look forward to seeing more of them. I also liked the fact that the author didn’t rush the ending to wrap everything up. It was done well. Thank you to #netgalleyand #RandomHouseUK for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • Hold Your Tongue

    Read this book at breakneck speed gripping you from the first page, twist after twist. Great character's. This is going to make a brilliant series and I for one can't wait. This is a must read.

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  • A Tremendous Début!

    Set in Aberdeen, Hold Your Tongue is the first book in a solid crime-mystery series featuring DI Eve Hunter, Chief Investigating Officer of the Aberdeen Police's Major Incident Team. Eve has recently returned to her job after six months on sickness absence, following a brutal attack on her and her colleague, DS Nicola Sanders, leaving Eve with a limp and Nicola paralysed. On her first day back, Eve is called upon to hunt down a serial killer in a gruesome and grisly case. The body of eighteen-year-old Melanie Ross has been discovered with her tongue removed, and tied up with blind cords, along with evidence of puncture wounds that indicate she was drugged before being killed. When more bodies are discovered - all with their tongues removed, Eve and the team chase down all the leads they have... Hold Your Tongue is told from various points of view, mostly from Eve with contributions from her team. This gets a thumbs up from me as it allows for a wider perspective on events without being distracting in any way. The police perspective is interspersed with chapters from the unnamed killer, alternating between their history and present day behaviour. DI Eve Hunter makes a very rewarding protagonist. Her background story and personal struggles are as fascinating as the main plot, making the story all the more interesting. I really enjoyed the gradual revelations from Eve’s past, and finding out what happened that caused the loss of respect from her team. Deborah Masson's inspired writing was a treat and I especially liked that the team were often working in disharmony with each other, as this added a touch of reality for me. With plotting that is intriguing and memorable, there is an abundance of twists that I did not see coming and the end where the killer is caught is a winner. Overall, Hold Your Tongue is a tremendous début that definitely leaves me wanting more from both the author and this remarkable team of characters. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Random House Transworld via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • A creditable debut

    This is what I call a slow burner and a very creditable debut from this new British author. It did take me a while to get into it and to get used to the writing style but once I did, I was hooked. DI Eve Hunter is returning to work under a cloud after being injured in the line of duty which saw her colleague paralysed. She walks into the gruesome murder of a young woman and so begins the hunt for a brutal killer by her and her team and so begins this dark, gruesome and gritty police procedural set in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Mainly written from Eve's perspective interspersed with sections from members of her team and those of the killer, this gave insight from all the important characters in this book. The characters are well developed and believable with the relationships between Eve and the wider team excellently portrayed however, and this is my main criticism of this book, it took an awfully long time to get to the bottom of what happened with Eve and her colleague; you get snippets of the story here and there but, for me, this ended up annoying me slightly as I just wanted to know! In my humble opinion, this should have been explained close to the beginning of the book (maybe in a prologue?) so that the actions and reactions of Eve and her fellow officers would have been better understood. I must applaud the author for keeping the identity of the killer well hidden amongst several red herrings; I changed my mind about who the person was a couple of times and was still caught out when the reveal happened ... excellent twist. Overall, although I did find the first half of the book a little slow, the second made up for it and I am very much looking forward to what I hope are more outings for DI Hunter and her team. My thanks go to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via NetGalley for an advance copy in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Fantastic debut

    I really enjoyed this novel, it was so well written and the plot kept me guessing the whole way through. Can't wait to read the next installment

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