Archive for December, 2020

First Monday Crime for December looks to be a fantastic night with some of the most brilliant names in crime writing and I am thrilled to share a review of a book written by one of these amazing authors.

  • Title: Out For Blood
  • Author: Deborah Masson
  • Publisher: Corgi
  • Publication Date: 10th December 2020

Copy received from publisher via Netgalley for review purposes.


DI Eve Hunter is back.

A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment.

Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.

As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those on the fringes of society.

Then an unexpected breakthrough leads them to the shocking conclusion: that those in power have been at the top for too long – and now, someone is going to desperate lengths to bring them down…

Can they stop someone who is dead set on revenge, no matter the cost?

My Thoughts:

Out For Blood is another outstanding and thrilling read from Deborah Masson. She gives readers a chance to catch up with the the fantastic Eve Hunter, and takes her readers on a dark journey through the twisting and menacing scene of human trafficking and prostitution, with a murder investigation, corruption and betrayal thrown in for good measure.

Without saying too much about the plot, I will say that Masson has once again managed to bring to life the scenes of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, giving her readers a good idea of the locations used. The characters are realistic and wonderfully created. They get under the skin of the reader, you feel yourself getting annoyed with the attitudes of certain ones, you want to shout at others, you begin to feel the frustrations of Hunter and her team as they come up against brick walls and try to piece the information together to solve the case.

I love the way that we get to see more of the team members as well as Eve Hunter, it was nice to “get to know” them a little more from the first book.. Atmosphere is often a key aspect to crime thrillers and I think with the way the tension is pitched in this book is spot on. The menacing dread in certain chapters makes this a gripping read, you don’t want to put the book down, but equally, you feel almost like peeking out from behind your fingers.

The themes written throughout are ones that require a certain sensitivity and I do think that they have been handled well, highlighting the topics that need to be spoken about and brought to the fore.

It was always going to be tricky when it came to the second novel, but I think it’s safe to say that Hold Your Tongue wasn’t a fluke, and Deborah Masson is a very skilled writer, deserving recognition, nominations and prizes. She has earned her place alongside the greats of the genre and could very well give Stuart MacBride and Claire MacLeary a run for their money.

So highly recommended!


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