Tuesday 25 July 2023

BLOG TOUR: Eye for An Eye - M.J. Arlidge


'Emily' is a devoted single mother.
'Jack' starts a new job in a new town.
'Russell' may be falling in love.

They all share the same secret:
none of them are who they say they are.

They are among only nine criminals in the UK who have been granted lifelong anonymity, for their own safety, because of their terrible crimes.

But what if someone exposed their true identities to the families of their victims, who are desperate for revenge?

Probation officer Olivia Campbell is caught in the crossfire of this unprecedented crisis - and as the hunt for the mole behind it all intensifies, so too does the search for the vigilante killers let loose by the leaks...

Everyone is a suspect. Anyone could be a killer.
Who deserves justice? And who gets to decide?


What did I think?

I love the DI Helen Grace series so I couldn't wait to dive into Eye for An Eye, the new standalone novel from M.J. Arlidge, and what an absolute cracker it is.  It is one of THE most thought-provoking books I have ever read and it didn't just leave me talking about it at the end, I was talking about it ALL the way through.

Everyone deserves a second chance...don't they?  It's easy enough to say that when you're not the one whose life has been destroyed by the most heinous crime.  I could totally empathise with the anger and pain of the families who have lost loved ones, only to see the perpetrator given a new identity after serving an insufficient prison sentence.  Why should they have the freedom to live when they took a life?

What an absolutely stunning thriller this is!  It had me questioning my own morals and wondering what I would have done if I were in the shoes of every single character.  Someone is out to get justice for the families by leaking the new identities of convicted killers, but vigilante justice doesn't make them any better than the killers they are condemning to die.

Scarily realistic and simmering with tension, Eye for An Eye provokes a relentless debate and it is without doubt a book that everyone will be talking about for a very long time.  Very highly recommended - do not miss it!

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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