When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.
Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.
Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan. As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.
Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?
Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?
As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge.
Cut the Threads is the second book in the Marnie Hammond series, First of all I have to say I freaking love the cover. I have waited a year for this book, having read Keep you Near and loving it. But then I spotted this cover and it made me want to read it more. I am happy to report that Robin doesn’t disappoint and brings us one hell of an engaging, gritty, hard hitting read that is superbly written….grabbing me from the very first page. I am a sucker for a griping prologue and this one is brilliant I knew then, that I was in for a treat.
We follow the story of Marnie and her team in an investigation which they believe could be gang related after the remains of local hard man Tam Whitlow are found tied to a chair in a dilapidated building. OMG what a start to the story.
Cut the threads is one hell of a fast paced read which I read in one afternoon, I couldn’t put it down. With scenes that will that are shocking and gruesome. This isn’t for the faint hearted. I loved the whole gangster story line and fans of grit lit are seriously going to love this book.
DS Marnie is a brilliant character and we get to know more of her. But for those of you that haven’t read the first book in the series this can be read has a standalone. The author gives us plenty of back ground information. Although this is a series to good not to miss,you can grab your copy of Keep You Near from amazon which is currently free right now.
So all in all Cut the Threads ticked all the boxes for me which I highly recommend giving it 5 stars.
Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound for a copy and for inviting me to take take part in this fab tour.
Cut the Threads Amazon link
Robin Roughley hails from the town of Wigan in the North-West of England and is the author of the hugely popular DS Lasser crime series.
On March 9th 2017, Rob released the first book in the DS Marnie Hammond series, Keep You Near, published by Bloodhound. DS Marnie Hammond hails from Lancashire, in the fictional town of Kirkhead. Like all good detectives, Marnie comes with her own unique set of crime-solving skills.
When not writing, which amounts to roughly two days a year, he can be found walking the canal towpaths of Wigan, sorting out plot lines and looking for ideas, with an assortment of dogs in tow.
So, next time you see a shaven-headed, middle-aged man wandering about, scratching his head, looking bewildered and taking random pictures it is Rob hoping for divine inspiration.
If you like your crime to be hard hitting and gritty with an assortment of characters that feel like friends then feel free to jump in at the deep end.