‘Long Shadows’ by Derek Thompson

LONG SHADOWS a totally gripping crime mystery by [DEREK THOMPSON]




Detective Craig Wild couldn’t cut it in London. Now he must swap the Met for Mayberry, a sleepy Wiltshire backwater where ambition goes to die.

It was supposed to be a second chance. Then Wild is faced with the most baffling case of his career.

Eccentric farmer Alexander Porter is found shot dead in his own field. Everyone assumes it was suicide. But Wild knows there’s more to it than that.

Determined to uncover the truth, he teams up with plucky PC Marnie Olsen. They set off on a twisting trail.

The first suspect is Nathan Porter, Alexander’s tearaway son. Wherever Nathan goes, trouble follows.

Then someone else dies.

Wild and Marnie must delve into the darkest corners of the family’s history if they are to uncover the truth.

Can they unmask the killer before Wild’s own chequered past catches up to him?



My Review

I have a little and rather embarrassing confession to make.  Although I have got all of Derek’s earlier books on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one……until now that is.  When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Long Shadows’, I thought that it would be an ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with Derek’s work.  Having enjoyed reading ‘Long Shadows’ as much as I did, I am now rather cross with myself that I left it this long to discover how flipping fabulous an author Derek is.  I absolutely loved reading ‘Long Shadows’ but more about that in a bit.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Detective Sergeant Craig Wild when I first met him.  He’s a bit of an odd one.  He used to work in the Metropolitan Police but for reasons which aren’t immediately apparent, he transfers to Wiltshire Police.  For me, he certainly has a chip on his shoulder- in fact he seems to have a bag of McCains Home Fries on his shoulder.  He knew that he had to leave the Met but at the same time he seems to resent the fact that he has transferred to a quieter police force.  He doesn’t exactly make the best of impressions when he first meets his new team.  Craig can be short with people, he can be very sarcastic and I got the impression that he doesn’t make friends that easily but at the same time that doesn’t seem to bother him.  He does make a good impression on Police Constable Marnie Olsen.  Marnie is eager to learn from Craig and Craig teams up with her as he knows that her local knowledge will prove to be invaluable.  They prove to be a good team and they get on really well together.  Will Craig and Marnie solve the case?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to red the book for yourselves to find out as I am no t going to tell you.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this book.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the Prologue I knew that I was not going to be able to put the book down and so it proved to be.  For me, ‘Long Shadows’ was most definitely an unputdownable page turner of a book.  I was completely mesmerised by the story and I just had to keep reading.  I had my suspicions as to what was going to happen and I had to know if my suspicions were correct or if I had the wrong end of the stick entirely.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story.  As a result of my addiction to this story, I seemed to race my way through the book.  I managed to read the book over the course of a day which is really good for me as I usually have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case.

‘Long Shadows’ is extremely well written.  The author grabbed my attention with an eye catching synopsis and he drew me into the story from the start.  In the character of Craig, Derek has created an intriguing character, who I look forward to getting to know even better in subsequent books.  For me, ‘Long Shadows’ was perfectly paced.  The story hits the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout.  ‘Long Shadows’ is a tense, tightly plotted, gripping story that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Reading ‘Long Shadows’ was very much like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns to it than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Long Shadows’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Derek’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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