Life or Death by Chris Merritt @DrCJMerritt @Bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #ZacIsBack


Eeeeekkkk I’m thrilled to be closing the blog tour for Chris Merritt’s Life Or Death and my date for the day is the lovely Lorna over at On The Shelf Reviews so don’t forget to pop over and catch her fab post!

Huge thanks to the fabulous Noelle Holten for inviting me on the blog tour and to Bookouture for my ecopy of Life Or Death which I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

Never forget. Never forgive.

As a detective in the Metropolitan police, Zac is no stranger to murder cases, but this one is different. This is his daughter’s murder.

Years after Amelia died, Zac is still trying to trace the police officer involved in his daughter’s death.

And whilst Zac is prepared to break every rule to find the man responsible, his young and ambitious deputy, Kat, is working on a high-profile case of her own. But she knows Zac is keeping secrets from his team so she’s following his every move.

When one of Zac’s informants is killed, he knows he’s close to catching his man, but before he can act, he receives a call about his son which blows his world apart… And this time, he knows he’ll stop at nothing to save his family.

A gripping and addictive crime thriller for fans of Lee Child, Mark Billingham and Mark Dawson. Life or Death is a unputdownable thriller that will have you reading into the night.

What Did I Think?

What a prologue!! Zac has got himself into a right pickle! And no! Chapter One is set 8 days previous!!!! How?! Why?!? This start was just not fair!!! I needed to know why Zac was where he was right away, not in 300 odd pages!

This time is personal, Kaiser has taken extra steps to prevent Zac tracking him down. Distraction for the mission, hitting Zac where it hurts. He knows Kaiser is close to home but who can Zac trust? I really didn’t know who was friend or foe; my opinion changed throughout and I didn’t trust anyone!

Kat Jones comes into her own in Life Or Death. She is desperate to help Zac in his mission but will he let her in? Her parkour training sounds amazing. I wish I had the inclination or time to seriously give it a try though I think it might actually break me in the process!!

I can’t not mention Darian Wallace. The nutter from Last Witness is back. He’s not a man to be messed with but he’s no longer calling the shots…how will he cope with not being the king pin and having to take orders from someone else??!

This fast paced dark crime thriller kept me guessing at every turn and looking over my shoulder as no one could be trusted.


Who Is Chris Merritt?

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Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

You can keep up to date with Chris on Twitter and Goodreads.

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