‘Malice On The Island’ by Stewart Giles

Malice on the Island : A dark mystery with a twist you will never forget. (Detective Liam O'Reilly book4) (DI Liam O'Reilly mysteries) by [Stewart  Giles]



Nobody knows when it first started.

The tranquil island of Guernsey is suddenly besieged by a wave of malice. Restaurants are getting set alight, houses are being sprayed with paint and friends are no longer sure if their neighbours are who they thought they were.

When a woman is found dead, covered head to toe in paint outside a house covered in identical paint Detective Liam O’Reilly is brought into the midst. O’Reilly soon realises this is much more than a simple case of murder. And when more bodies are found O’Reilly starts to wonder if he made the right decision in coming to the Island in the first place.

Two families share a sinister secret and the repercussions of this are more deadly than O’Reilly could have ever imagined.

My Review

I have been a fan of Stewart’s work for a while now.  I haven’t quite caught up with everything that he has written to date, as he writes his books very quickly, but I am slowly getting there.  I particularly like the series featuring Detective Liam O’Reilly.  ‘Malice On The Island’ is the fourth instalment of the series and it is definitely another corker of a read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Liam O’Reilly?  He recently transferred to the police in Guernsey from the Irish Garda.  Liam is a bit of a grumpy git, but that could be to do with his age or the fact that his daughter Assumpta is seeing a member of his team and it happens to be the one that O’Reilly likes the least.  O’Reilly is in a relationship and it seems to be going quite well.  O’Reilly is a determined detective and he will not hesitate to investigate if something doesn’t feel quite right to him.

I was drawn into ‘Malice On The Island’ from the very first moment I clapped eyes on the cover.  I couldn’t wait to start reading and so I dived straight in.  As soon as I started to read, that was it, I just knew that I wasn’t going to be doing anything other than reading for the next few hours.  I ended up becoming so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story.  At one point the pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and the page numbers became a blur.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story and I had to say goodbye to O’Reilly and his team.

‘Malice On The Island’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Stewart Giles.  He certainly knows how to write one hell of a story.  Stewart certainly grans your attention from the start and draws you into what proves to be a compelling story. For me, the story in ‘Malice On The Island’ hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Malice On The Island’ was like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. For me, the series featuring Detective Liam O’Reilly just gets better and better and goes from strength to strength.  I found ‘Malice On The Island’ to be an unputdownable page turner of a read which certainly gripped me from start to finish and kept me on the edge of my seat.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Malice On The Island’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Stewart’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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