Today is my stop on the blog tour for Those That Remain by Rob Ashman.
A dark & compelling crime thriller
Lucas is coasting towards retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.
Three years ago, they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that the sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside of the law.
But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?
Soon Lucas will learn that the truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might have to put his life on the line…
This is yet another amazing debut novel and since it the first in the Mechanic trilogy I know there is more to come.
We are introduced to Detective Lucas as he returns to work after taking time of following a leave of absence. We are then taken back eight months to a seemingly straight forward home invasion gone wrong, or is it.
As Lucas and his team process the evidence they uncover something that causes them to wonder if this case is as they first thought. When the neighbours are found brutally murdered, their suspicions are confirmed.
The Mechanic, a serial killer they thought had died three years earlier, appears to be alive and killing again.
Once the story gets going it moves along a thrilling pace and keeps the pages turning as the reader tries to unravel what has caused The Mechanic to begin killing again.
However, Mechanic always seems to be one step ahead of the police and it appears as if it is some kind of game.
The story alternates with different points of view. Firstly we have that of Lucas and his team as they are drawn into the macabre world of The Mechanic. We then flick to the Mechanic, a truly mixed up individual who hears voices and has issues going back to childhood.
The pain and torture inflicted by The Mechanic is brutal to say the least and isn’t very pleasant reading but personally it fits in perfectly with the character and storyline.
The characters are varied and interesting. Aside from Lucas, one of my favourites was Harper. He was the detective on the original Mechanic case and since retiring from the force has been fighting his own demons, usually with the help of alcohol. However as the story progresses he becomes a little more involved and begins to share his thoughts and secrets with Lucas which helps move the case along.
There are twists and turns throughout the book. Just when you think you’ve worked it out something changes and you are following a different path. There were several times in the book when I thought I’d definitely guessed the outcome only to find that it was a red herring. The story isn’t without its faults but it still made for a great read. A must for all die hard crime/thriller fans.
I’m now patiently waiting for the next book in the trilogy to see what happens next.
Many thanks to Rob, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
Those That Remain was published on June 22nd
About the Author
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.
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