🍻🍻🍻🍻 WWWWWWWOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 🍻🍻🍻🍻 Happy Publication Day to the fantastical Graham Smith!!! Fear In The Lakes, the third DC Beth Young is out today, right now!!! Yes you can get your copy from all reputable digital ebook sellers: https://geni.us/B07RFRDCT7Social
Huge thanks to the awesome Noelle Holten for inviting me on the blog tour and to Bookouture for my advanced copy of Fear In The Lakes which I received through Netgalley (I also preordered my own copy that arrived shortly on my much loved kindle after midnight this morning).
A case with no leads.
A victim with no enemies.
A killer with no conscience…
When Detective Beth Young is called to investigate a victim with multiple broken bones, nothing prepares her for what she finds. James Sinclair is fighting for his life, and Beth can’t shake the idea that the nature of his injuries suggest someone with a personal grudge against him.
But James’s devastated wife Laura insists that her kind, softly-spoken husband is a man with no enemies. She was the one with the fiery temper, but James was so calm, she’d never once managed to provoke even a cross word from him in their eight year marriage. And he was the same with everyone – she can’t name one person who might want to hurt him.
But she knows virtually no details about her husband’s childhood or his life before he moved to the Lake District as a young man, and Beth feels sure that the key to finding James’s attacker is hidden in the secrets of his past. Who was he really? And what is the significance of the coded messages that Beth finds hidden on his laptop?
Then two more bodies are found in one of the deep, picturesque lakes that the area is so famous for, exhibiting similar injuries to the ones James Sinclair suffered. How are they connected? And how many more people are at risk?
Beth knows she is in a race against time to hunt a vicious killer who is both elusive and incredibly dangerous. A killer who knows what James did in the past. Who likes to be one step ahead. But who – if they realise they’re being hunted – might come for Beth next…
What Did I Think?
Yes I’m back in the beautiful county of Cumbria with the tenacious, puzzle solving Beth Young and what a treat Fear In The Lakes is.
Through the previous two books, I’ve loved the way Beth’s mind works and this latest outing is no different. She has her three word thought process that is totally unique and I admire the way she throws out the most random but surprisingly obvious suggestions when you look back at the case in hand.
Now then that aforementioned case in hand. Oh bejeezus what a psycho killer has hit Cumbria. The injuries that James Sinclair suffered seriously made me wince and his battering isn’t one I’ll forget in a hurry. Graham Smith seems to have a rather sick way of making his characters suffer but kind of equally weirdly, I like it. The imaginative tortuous injuries and deaths that come out of that man’s head are addictive making me come back for more each time!
And the imagery Mr Smith uses is bang on! As I read the various scenes in the snowy backdrop, my head was alive with images; this section I think most people will get….
“driving in snow to those moments in sci-fi films when a spaceship travelled at warp speed and the stars streamed past the windscreen.”
Fear In The Lakes is another cracking addition to the Beth Young series. It is a stand-alone read but Mr Smith keeps that ongoing story of Beth and her scar bubbling away in the background. So if you’ve read A Body In The Lakes, you need find out what happens next….and if you haven’t read it….WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!??
Who Is Graham Smith?
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novels with Bookouture are set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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