Life or Death by Chris Merritt

Life or Death by Chris Merritt

EXCERPT: Kofi gave a dry cough. ‘Um, dear Mum and Dad. I am fine and being looked after.’ He broke off and glanced at the man, who scowled and pointed at the letter. ‘I can prove that it is Saturday the twenty-fifth of August,’ he continued, ‘because the headline in the Times is. . .’ The man held up the newspaper for him. Kofi read the biggest writing on the front before the man put it back down on the table.

‘I have not been hurt,’ he said, carefully following the message text again. ‘But if you don’t obey these instructions exactly, I will be. I want to have all my fingers, so please- -‘

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: I am lucky enough to have been in on this series from the beginning. I have a soft spot for Detective Zac Boateng, a caring and considerate man with a core of steel. But just how much can one man be expected to endure when the safety of his family is constantly under threatand he is unsure just whom he can trust?

I like that some of Zac’s workmates are being developed as characters in their own right, particularly Kat, who plays an important role in this story. I would also like to see a bit more development of Malik’s character. Until now, I hadn’t realized he was Iraqi.

Merritt knows how to write tension – he had me coiled like a tightly wound spring. He uses his own background as a Psychologist specialising in working with criminals and victims of crime to great advantage.

Life or Death is a good solid addition to a great series. However, I would not recommend that you read this without having read both the previous books in this series, Bring Her Back and Last Witness, as you would miss out on a lot of background information essential to fully understanding this story. Strongly recommended.


THE AUTHOR: As a psychologist who has worked in the NHS with both victims and perpetrators of crime, I write stories that explore why people commit serious offences and how their victims are affected. I try to bring these perspectives together with lots of rich, authentic detail about London and its many communities to let readers discover the city I love.

I always wrote – whether blogs, psychology articles or travel pieces – but it wasn’t until 2014 that I began writing fiction. I’d spent several years working as a diplomat in Iraq and Jerusalem before I decided to go back to university and retrain as a psychologist. I completed a doctorate in psychology at King’s College London in 2016. Now, when I’m not writing, I work on the Wellcome Trust’s African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) at King’s College in south London, where I live.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Life or Death by Chris Merritt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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