The hunt is on and it’s never been so deadly…
Detective Braddick is summoned to a horrendous crime scene, where it appears a double murder has taken place. The victims’ bodies are missing and the police have no clue as to their identities or who killed them.
As the investigation snowballs, the potential body count rises and the Major Investigation Team have little to go on until DNA evidence is examined.
There appears to be no motive for the dreadful murders until an ancient script is found daubed on the walls of a nearby property.
As the clues are unravelled, Braddick and his team realise they are dealing with something they have never faced before. Because this time they’re tracking evil itself…
I have one huge confession to make. Although I have all of Conrad’s books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I have only actually read a couple of them so far. A big boo boo on my part and one that I intend to rectify as soon as possible. I read the synopsis for ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and it sounded just my sort of read with a serial killer on the loose up against a brilliant detective and his team. I couldn’t wait to start reading ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and so I started reading straight away. Pardon the language but bloody hell it was one hell of a fantastic read and then some.
I have to say that I warmed to Detective Inspector Braddick from the start. I imagine him to be a man of a particular age, who has been in the police force for a number of years. Braddick is a strong, feisty, determined and stubborn individual and he is also somebody, who can be a huge pain in the ass but particularly to those he is hunting down. He can be devious and manipulative too. Braddick is in charge of a small team but he leads from the front. He takes on more than his fair share of the workload and he wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself. Braddick can delegate tasks but I don’t think that he favours a particular colleague over another. In that respect Braddick is very fair. That said Braddick does have a bit of a temper and I certainly wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of him.
Again, I apologise for the language but bloody Nora, the beginning of the book took my breath away quite literally. I think that the beginning of the story is certainly going to stay fresh in my mind for a long time to come. I don’t really want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to give too much away but the way in which the story started reminded me of the activities of Dennis Nilsen. That’s all I will say on that front.
‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is one of those books that had me gripped from the start and kept my attention all the way through the story. I was on the edge on my seat from start to finish. The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout or at least it did for me. To say that reading ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is addictive reading seems something of an understatement. I just couldn’t get enough of the story and I had to keep reading to see if the cases became any more shocking, if the police managed to catch the killer and apprehend him or her before the body count became any higher. The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. At one point the pages were turning that quickly that the page numbers became a blur. It seemed to take next to no time to get through the book but in reality it took me a matter of hours to get through the book. I found ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ to be simply unputdownable. The book wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me. I found any excuse I could to get out of doing things just so I could continue to read. Having back problems certainly came in handy on this occasion.
For me, ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is brilliantly written with the most unforgettable start to a book that I have come across in a long, long time. The author has one of those writing styles that draws you in and keeps you under the book’s spell until the moment you get to the last page of the story. He writes so shockingly, realistically and brutally that I just couldn’t get enough of this book. I know, I must be a sadist. My only pieces of advice are that you should not start to read the book before you go to sleep as it might give you nightmares, you should not be reading the book whilst you are eating (I did exactly that) as it might put you off your food and you should read the book with all the lights on. Whilst I was reading, I found that I immersed myself in the book so much that I jumped at every little noise or sudden movement that I heard or saw.
Reading ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ was much like being on the scariest and most unpredictable rollercoaster ride with many, many twists and turns throughout the story. Just when you thought that the action had settled down for a bit and you could gather your breath, then off the action would go again.
In short, I adored reading ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and I will definitely be reading the other books in the series just as soon as I can. I can’t wait to read the next disturbing tale from the pen of Conrad Jones. Whilst I wait I will definitely be reading all of Conrad’s other books. I would definitely recommend this author and his books to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.