Sunday, 28 February 2016
Sycamore Gap - L.J.Ross
Sycamore Gap is the second in the DCI Ryan series and we pick up with Ryan six months after Holy Island.
When human remains are discovered within the stones of Hadrian's Wall it's not long before DCI Ryan is called in to investigate but it soon becomes clear that everything is not as simple as it appears.
As the body count rises, Ryan is caught up in a wild goose chase and it looks like he may have to revisit his previous case despite the official police reports stating that The Circle has disbanded.
Once again LJ Ross has written a gripping novel that will keep you turning the pages to find out who is responsible for the murders, whilst keeping you on the edge of your seat. You might think you know more than Ryan and his colleagues but do you. . . . . really?
I loved getting to know more about DCI Maxwell Ryan and learning more about the demons that haunt him and it's for this reason that I would recommend you read Holy Island first so that you can fully understand his character as he develops. There are more than a few other familiar faces that return and play a bigger part and really add to the story as well as being complex and credible. As with her first novel the scenery and surroundings are so wonderfully descriptive you really could be there inside the book.
As much as I enjoyed Holy Island, I enjoyed Sycamore Gap more, maybe because it has a darker feel to it and there were more twists and turns which is something I love in a book as it keeps you on your toes. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Ryan when he returns in the third book of the series, Heavenfield.
With kind thanks to author LJ Ross for the review copy.