What the publisher says:
Social Media can be the death of you …
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend.
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.
Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?
What I say:
Unseen Evil is the sixth book in the Gus McGuire series and in my opinion it is the best yet. The novel opens with the viewpoint of someone who we later discover is the killer although the identity is a secret until Gus has completed his investigation.
This is a fast paced novel and revisits some of the themes from earlier books, we get to see how Gus’ romance is progressing and also the sub plot featuring his god daughter which began earlier in the series. It is always enjoyable to see an author establish a set of characters and continue with them.
Now, for the story itself. It is hard to write a review without giving away too much, in particular because this book has a twist I didn’t see coming and I wouldn’t want to spoil this for other readers. This time a killer is targeting teenagers and using social media to publicise the deaths. Gus must investigate while at the same time dealing with his stalker who gradually becomes more and more threatening. The story moves at pace and really shows the research and plotting which have gone into it.
Rating 5 out of 5
About the author:
Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.