What the publisher says:
In Unspoken Truths, DI Gus McGuire and his team navigate a complex web of intrigue, espionage and murder. Set in Bradford, Manchester and on Saddleworth Moor, Gus is pushed to his physical and psychological limits.
First a rural train between Manchester and Bradford is deliberately derailed by a vehicle with a boot filled with drugs, then a woman’s tortured body is discovered in Keighley. When Gus’ brother-in-law goes missing, the investigation becomes personal. As he battles against the storms of the Beast from the East, Gus must uncover the links between the dead woman, a pharmaceutical company in Manchester and a research facility in Northern Cyprus, as well as the disappearance of his brother in law. With the body count increasing, Gus sets Compo loose on the Dark Web – how will Gus react when he discovers that things are not as they seem?
Meanwhile, DS Alice Cooper faces extreme danger in prison and, as the evidence piles up against her, Gus and his team’s loyalties are pushed to the limit.
Can Gus stop the blueprint for a deadly bio weapon from falling into the wrong hands? Can he solve a series of murders and track down a psychotic killer? Never before has Gus faced such a demanding test.
What I say:
This is the 5th book in the Gus McGuire series and I think it is possibly the best yet. I have high hopes for this series continuing as I become more and more involved in the characters as the series develops.
As the book opens the team are still reeling from the events at the end of the last instalment. Gus is struggling to support the remaining members of his team and still be an effective policeman. Things become even more personal when he identifies a murder victim as his ex-wife’s brother’s fiancee. When his brother in law disappears things become even more complicated. Gus finds himself drawn into a case covering Manchester, Cyprus and his usual Bradford territory, all while facing the worst snow experienced in this country for some time (remember the Beast from the East?).
The story is unrelenting as Gus hunts for the murderer and his missing brother in law, all the while worrying about Alice who is fighting her own battles in prison, both literal and metaphorical. There must have been some in depth planning for this book as somehow everything is resolved despite the complicated storyline.
Unlike some series, this one definitely needs to be read in order as characters have developed over time and there are references to previous events without repeating the story. It is absolutely worth the time spent though.
Rating 5 out of 5
About the author:
Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in. She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK. She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016. She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.
She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences.
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