Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is almost here and today is my last day at work (hopefully) before a week’s annual leave (woohoo) so I’m hoping for plenty of reading time! Anyhow, back to today and I’m welcoming the blog tour for Ruth McIver’s I Shot The Devil.
Massive thanks to the amazing Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Tinder Press for my e-copy of I Shot The Devil which I received through Netgalley.
FIVE WENT INTO THE WOODS.
TWO NEVER CAME BACK.
An unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost, by Richell Prize-winning debut author Ruth McIver
Erin Sloane was sixteen when high school senior Andre Villiers was murdered by his friends. They were her friends, too, led by the intense, charismatic Ricky Hell. Five people went into West Cypress Woods the night Andre was murdered. Only three came out.
Ativan, alcohol and distance had dimmed Erin’s memories of that time. But nearly twenty years later, an ageing father will bring her home. Now a journalist, she is asked to write a story about the Southport Three and the thrill-kill murder that electrified the country. Erin’s investigation propels her closer and closer to a terrifying truth. And closer and closer to danger.
An unforgettable story of murder, trauma and childhoods lost, I Shot the Devil is a taut, prize-winning debut novel from an electrifying new talent.
What Did I Think?
I adore this cover I have to say. I know that has no bearing on what I thought of the book but I love it. The dark background with the striking accents in the leaves and flowers and the simple block capitals. But what really drew my eye is that ring. Whose ring is it? Is it a clue?
So, the story. I’ll admit I struggled a little to start with to get into the story (possibly more me than the story with work and stuff) but I am so glad I persevered. What McIver delivers is a dark tense trip down memory lane for Erin, our protagonist. A trip to a time I think she’d rather forget. We all have moments from our teen years that we’d sooner forget but do those moments include murder?
Erin’s return to the house she grew up in and the town she spent her more formative years isn’t easy. But she’s there in a mission – to find out who battered Andre to death and who pulled the trigger on Ricky. And her questioning ruffles feathers – are those feathers guilty or just unhappy that the past is being dredged up and not left alone?!
McIver’s debut delivers by the bucket load. She throws in so much intrigue and reasons to suspect everyone I didn’t know who to had killed Andre or Ricky. My internal suspect radar was going mad as every chapter went by. This is definitely a dark crime thriller, the atmosphere, the deaths, Erin’s mood and demeanour. The only time I felt the literary warmth of the sun radiate from my kindle was when Erin headed to the Sunshine State but I won’t say anymore about that trip! 2021 has delivered me some banging debuts and I Shot The Devil is definitely one of them!
Who Is Ruth McIver?
Ruth McIver is a Dublin-born, Western Australian and New York City raised writer currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She is represented by the Story Factory. In 2019 Ruth completed her PhD in the field of true-crime inspired fiction with Curtin University. Her unpublished manuscript, Nothing Gold, was runner-up in the inaugural Banjo Prize (2018) and was one of seven manuscript selected to be pitched at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival (2014). I Shot the Devil is her debut novel and won the 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.