‘Judas Horse’ by Lynda La Plante

Judas Horse: The instant Sunday Times bestselling crime thriller by [Lynda La Plante]


‘Do you know what a Judas Horse is? When the wild mustangs are running free, you corral one and train it. When he’s ready, you release him and he’ll bring his team back into the corral – like Judas betraying them…’

Violent burglars have been terrorising residents across the English countryside. But when a mutilated body is discovered in a Cotswolds house, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary group of opportunist thieves.

As Detective Jack Warr investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, unearths hidden crimes – and hits countless dead ends. With few leads and the violent attacks escalating, he will have to act as audaciously as the criminals if he hopes to stop them.

When Warr meets Charlotte Miles, a terrified woman with links to the group, he must use her to lure the unsuspecting killers into one last job, and into his trap. But with the law already stretched to breaking point, any failure will be on Warr’s head – and any more blood spilled, on his hands…

My Review

‘Judas Horse’ is the second book in the series featuring Detective Sergeant Jack Warr.  The first book in the series is called ‘Buried’ and it was released in September 2020.  Now I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one.  Although I have ‘Buried’ on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read it yet.  What a mistake to make.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Judas Horse’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Sergeant Jack Warr?  I have to say that I like him and I warmed to him from the start.  Jack is a police officer with the Metropolitan Police and he has been for a few years.  Jack is one of those police officers that is like a dog with a bone when it comes to solving crime.  By that I mean that if something doesn’t seem right to him then he will not hesitate to investigate the matter further.  Jack is sent on secondment to help another force investigate a series of burglaries.  Jack doesn’t seem to have much respect for his superiors in his temporary placement.  Jack can be a rebel, he can be a pain in the backside but he is one hell of a detective.

I was drawn to this story by the synopsis alone and when I started reading the book properly, I was blown away by the story.  I had only intended to read a couple of chapters when I first picked the book up only I ended up becoming so wrapped up in the story that I read more like a dozen chapters in one go.  I liked the characters and the storylines and I simply had to read on to see if Jack and his team managed to solve the crime.  It’s fair to say that I binge read the book over the course of a single day.   I found ‘Judas Horse’ to be the true definition of an unputdownable page turner of a read and then some. 

‘Judas Horse’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from the supremely talented and legend that is Lynda La Plante.  She certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be a compelling read.  The story in ‘Judas Horse’ hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Judas Horse’ felt like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with many twists and turns along the way.  I found ‘Judas Horse’ to be a gripping read, which kept me guessing and it also kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, I absolutely loved ‘Judas Horse’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Lynda’s work in the future- starting with ‘Buried’ just as soon as I have finished typing this review.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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