Tuesday 24 September 2019

BLOG BLITZ: Cold Echo - CJ Carver

Should you trust your best friend with your life?

When they were children, Harry, Lucas and Guy were best friends. But then they made a mistake that shattered their friendship and forced them to cut all ties.

Years later a man’s head is discovered in the woods, skinned and with the tongue cut out. The police call on Harry, a psychotherapist, to help with the case, and when it transpires the victim is his old friend Guy, old skeletons begin to surface.

Then one of Harry’s clients goes missing.

Forced into a desperate hunt to save the boy, Harry finds himself closing in in on a terrible secret, a secret someone will do anything to keep buried…

What did I think?

This is my second CJ Carver book and although it didn't quite knock Over Your Shoulder off the top spot, it was still an excellent read.  CJ Carver writes a might fine thriller with so many strands woven through the story, giving it a multi-layered effect.  The pacing is fast and the pages turn effortlessly as the story unravels.

I love books with secrets in them and Cold Echo starts with Harry, Guy and Lucas as young boys sharing a secret that will haunt them all their lives, with some lives proving to be shorter than others.  The intrigue was certainly ramped up to full when, many years later, a head is found that belongs to Guy.  As if that wasn't intriguing enough, Harry is a psychotherapist who is called in to help the police in this case, a case that sees one of his clients go missing and brings him back into contact with Lucas and another face from their past.

Cold Echo is rather like a supermarket trolley; it goes in unexpected directions.  Although I didn't fully engage with the characters, I was completely riveted by the story and found it very hard to put down as there are so many strands of intrigue to unravel, it's like a ball of wool that has been in the paws of a kitten.  I really enjoy CJ Carver's writing; it's so intriguing, gripping and filled with eye-opening surprises.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:
Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger for her first novel Blood Junction, CJ Carver has written a further ten critically acclaimed novels. Spare Me The Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester series, was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award 2017.

Half-English, half-Kiwi, CJ lived in Australia for 10 years before taking up long-distance rallies, driving London to Saigon, London to Cape Town and covering 14,000 miles on the Inca Trail in South America.

CJ began her writing career by writing about her adventures, eventually becoming a travel writer for various national publications including The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Autocar. She is co-founder for the Women’s World Car of the Year Award.

CJ has been a judge for the Thriller Awards in the USA. Her books have been published in the UK, USA and translated into several languages. She lives just outside Bath.

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