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  • Bloody, bloody day in Sheffield😱

    Exciting but horribly depressing😨 Michael Wood knows how to write a gripping story that you can't put down. Time is Running Out really did keep me turning the pages and there were loads of poignant. emotional moments. But the story was too bloody and depressing for me and the end's menace just made me feel even worse. I had no idea how brutal this story would be. The world is upsetting enough in these days of pandemic without reading a book that turns the world on its head in one bloodbath after another, eliminates some favorite characters in a particularly brutal manner and sidelines the heroine almost from start to finish. I picked up this book because I enjoyed Stolen Children, the previous story in the DCI Matilda Darke series. This had a totally different vibe - unsettling, dark and devoid of hope. If this is the direction the author has turned I don't think I will be joining him in future. No matter how unrealistic it might be, I want the bad guys to lose and the world set right. Thanks to publishers Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Roller coaster read; 5 stars

    5 stars is simply not enough. Michael, Michael, Michael you have outdone yourself on Time is Running Out. ( loved your dedication and I can only imagine those text messages) I am a huge fan of Matilda and when I saw the opportunity to read this book I jumped at it even though my pre order has been in for a long time. This book is a roller coaster of a ride: I yelled at some look out, I cheered some on and I certainly snarled at a few . Not saying another thing so I don't give anything away. Just turn off your phone, hide if you must because you won't want to book this book down. Thanks to NetGalley , Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter for a book I hated to end .

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  • Thrilling

    Book7 did not disappoint. Exciting plot. Action begins from the first page. Very well thought story. Can hardly wait to see what lies ahead for DCI Matilda Darke.

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  • Horrendous book

    Too much violence. I liked the other books in the series, and waiting for this one. Totally regret wasting money on it and the other books. It was an absolute horrible boom to read.

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  • Dark and utterly compelling

    That. Was. Harrowing! Jake Harrison, 34 year old troubled son of Vivian and Malcolm Harrison, starts his last day on earth by shooting his parents dead and then going on a killing spree across Sheffield - the likes of which have never been seen before. There is no whodunit, you know from the start who the killer is and pretty much what he plans to do. What you don’t know is exactly why this happening and how many people will be killed on that one day. After killing his parents he moves onto the South Yorkshire Police building and lays into the occupants as they are drawn outside by a fire alarm. The narrative is shocking! People that we have grown fond of over the series are dropped without mercy - and there was a lot of book still to come. I was dreading what would come next. This was a very raw, emotional story. I have to tell you I don’t cry over stories in books, mind you I don’t torture myself with overly bleak, realistic stories very often either. I think I shed a tear over The Magdalen Laundries - a horrible story based on true events. But this book - the emotions were so raw and painful and the author described the anguish of the officers as their friends were murdered so well that, yes, I reached for the tissues! This is not a story where you can get to the exciting bits comfortable in the knowledge that you figurative friend, the lead character, will win through and live to fight another day. There was no certainty about the outcome. What I found most disturbing was the sheer, implacable, machine like precision of the killing. The pitiless disregard for human life - man, woman or child. This guy wasn’t enjoying it, he was just doing a job and doing it very well. I’ve read a lot of dark books but this takes dark to a new level. Michael Wood pulled fear, horror and anguish out of me as I read this story. The writing was top notch, I don’t often get ‘the feels’. I’m laying all this out because it might be too strong for some readers. And the good news is that it ended with a sort of cliffhanger so there is more to this story, but my ‘omnipotent being’ I don’t know how the survivors will come back from this disaster. Needless to say I really enjoyed the book, after a break to calm my nerves. I have no choice but to give the full five stars to such a tour-de-force. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins, One More Chapter and particularly to Michael Wood for providing a copy to review. My opinions are my own.

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