‘Wishbone’ by Stewart Giles

Wishbone: A chilling thriller with a dark twist (A DS Jason Smith Thriller Book 16) by [Stewart Giles]



These seemingly innocent song lyrics are about to send Detective Jason Smith over the edge.
Still traumatised after a harrowing trip back home, Smith is sent headlong into the stuff of nightmares when he returns to work.
When a woman is found dead with her spinal cord severed Smith and his team are thrown into the most disturbing investigation ever. Then another body is found and when Smith realises what this woman was subjected to he knows he’s on the trail of the most sadistic killer he’s ever come across.
All clues point to a Death Metal band. Wishbone are in town for a few shows and when Smith realises all the murders bear striking similarities to their song lyrics he starts to wonder if there is something more to this band than meets the eye.
This is the most horrifying case of Smith’s career and one the people of York will never forget.

My Review

‘Wishbone’ is the sixteenth book in the bestselling series featuring Detective Sergeant Jason Smith.  I haven’t quite caught up with all the books in the series but I am slowly getting there.  I read the synopsis for ‘Wishbone’ and it certainly sounded like one hell of a read and then some.  I couldn’t wait to start reading so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for a thrilling afternoon of reading.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Wishbone’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about Detective Sergeant Jason Smith?  DS Jason Smith is an Australian born detective, who was sent to live with his Grandma in York following a tragedy in Australia.  Smith and his Grandma had a very tight bond but sadly she died a while ago.  Smith has stayed in York ever since although he did have an eventful trip to Australia in a previous book, which he is certainly never going to forget.  Smith is married to a member of his team and they share a young daughter.  The relationship hasn’t always been easy but they seem to muddle their way through.  Smith is certainly a determined detective, who leads from the front.  He wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t be willing to do himself.  In fact he would probably put himself in harms way if it meant saving a member of his team from harm.  Smith is a detective who gets results even if he does bend the rules ever so slightly in his pursuit of justice.  Smith is loyal to his colleagues as they are to him. 

It took me no time at all to get into ‘Wishbone’.  In fact the fact that Stewart’s name was on the cover was enough to grab my attention and draw me into this compelling story.  To say that reading ‘Wishbone’ became addictive is a huge understatement.  I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I would become so wrapped up in the story that I would still be sat there reading over a dozen chapters later.  I had to keep reading to see if Smith solved the case and if he managed to stay in one piece to the end of the story.  For me, ‘Wishbone’ really is the true definition of an unputdownable, page turner of a read and then some.  I was gripped by the story from start to finish and on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘Wishbone’ is superbly written but that is certainly true of all of Stewart’s books that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing to date.  He certainly knows to grab the reader’s attention and he reels the reader in, much like a fisherman reeling in a catch.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Wishbone’ certainly felt like being on one heck of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  The series featuring DS Jason Smith goes from strength to strength and just gets better and better. 

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Wishbone’ and I would recommend it 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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