‘He Will Kill You’ by Charlie Gallagher

HE WILL KILL YOU an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist by [GALLAGHER, CHARLIE]


Grace Hughes: kicked to the bathroom floor by her partner, her back and side aching from where he slammed the door on her frail body, fighting to regain her breath, she can no longer ignore a simple truth:


Grace is a prisoner in her own home but she has a plan to get free. Detective Sergeant Maddie Ives is going to help her. Maddie now works with a team specialising in getting abused women to safety. She tells Grace to keep a diary, to write everything down so it forms part of the compelling evidence needed to send her abuser to prison.

The detective doesn’t know how bad it’s got. Grace hasn’t been completely honest. But Grace wants to tell her what’s really happening so Maddie can get her safe.

Maddie has a lot on her mind. A dead boy in a bath, a car bomber who wants to make a statement, and the return of a scarred DI Harry Blaker.

Can he and Maddie stop the bomber, find a killer and get Grace safe — whether she helps herself or not?



My Review

I have read, reviewed and loved each book that Charlie has released.  Every time he releases a new book, I am like a kid in a sweet shop and I just can’t wait to dive in.  His latest book is called ‘He Will Kill You’ and it was released on 15th March 2019.  I absolutely bloody well loved it but more about that in a bit.

I love the way in which Charlie writes about his characters.  He has created them so well and described them so vividly that they seem to leap off the page and spring to life as it were.  Through Charlie’s descriptions of his characters, I have imagined what the different characters look and act like.  I love the feisty female lead detective DS Maddie Ives and the way in which she is constantly trying to outwit those she is trying to catch.  She is eager to please and just as keen to capture criminals.  I took to her from the start and reading this book felt like I was reuniting with an old friend.  The other main character is called Grace, who is in an abusive relationship and she wants to escape, which Maddie is determined to assist her in.  Will Grace manage to escape?  Is there a twist in the tale?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you!.

As with all of Charlie’s books, ‘He Will Kill You’ is brilliantly written.  The author himself is a serving police officer, who has witnessed some distressing domestic violence incidents over the years and it is this experience that makes the story all the more authentic and believable.  I found the book to be a difficult read at times and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  Domestic violence is not an easy subject to write about let alone read about, but at the same time we need to read about it to raise awareness about the subject and to spot the signs of domestic abuse so that we can help victims escape and see the perpetrators pay for what they have done.  Domestic abuse takes many different forms- physical, mental, emotional and financial to name but a few.  I used to work in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and would regularly come across some heart breaking stories of abuse victims.  We all have a public duty to help those in distress and to report anything suspicious to the appropriate authorities.  Sorry for getting on my soap box there.

Oh my goodness me, I was hooked on ‘He Will Kill You’ from the moment I read the synopsis never mind from when I actually opened the front cover of the book.  Charlie is one of those authors, who grabs your attention from the start and he doesn’t let you go.  It is as if his writing hypnotises you.  That’s what happened to me anyway.  I picked the book up at an ideal time for me.  I had just had back surgery and was in some discomfort, but picking up ‘He Will Kill You’ made me forget my discomfort.  I binge read the book over the space of a couple of days which is fairly quick for me.  For me ‘He Will Kill You’ is simply unputdownable.  The book came everywhere with me because I felt compelled (in a good way) to read on and on and on.  I found any excuse I could to keep reading.  In fact, you would have needed a crowbar to prise the book out of my hands.

Reading this book was much like being on a very unpredictable, very scary and at times downright frightening rollercoaster ride with not much of an idea in which direction the story is going to take you next.  There were more twists and turns in the story than you would find in most books.  There were also several times where I almost had to read through my fingers because I dreaded what was going to happen next.  Of course stupid me knew that if I wanted to know how the case concluded then of course I had to read on.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling read, which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.  It’s a difficult read at times but definitely a necessary read.  I can’t wait to read what Charlie Gallagher comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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