The Dying Place, by Luca Veste

The Dying Place 05.12.14

Wow – what a read!

Publisher: Avon | Publication date: 4th December 2014 | Edition: Paperback

Wow. Simply, wow.

Read it in two sittings (that’s only because I had to sleep, or risk passing out!).

Such an excellent, if somewhat grim story. Yet, it’s scarily plausible given the breakdown of our justice system on occasion and the low opinion that today’s ‘yoof’ appear to have earned themselves. A brilliant take on both sides of the argument: ultimately, should victims rebel against the menaces on the streets of Liverpool, aka teenagers? Even if the authorities appear to have failed them, both sides of them? Well, read this book and judge the consequences for yourself – it makes for a breath-taking read.

Gripping, suspenseful, brilliant pace – all the usual words appear weak in comparison to how truly marvellous this storyline is. And the partnership between the investigators Murphy and Rossi is spot on.

When I reached the end (which I didn’t want to get to!), I kind of knew where it was heading, but wasn’t expecting it to quite turn out the way it did, so a shock ’til the last.

A full gas mark 5 for this one. I’ll certainly look forward to reading more from this author in future – great writing.

Rating: 5/5

(My thanks to @CrimeFix (Avon) for providing a copy of this brilliant book from a competition run via Twitter.)

You can follow the author on Twitter: @LucaVeste