“This contemporary crime story takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London.
Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho’s underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death.”
I am thrilled to be taking part in the Clink Street 2016 #Blogival today with my review of the gripping Soho Honey by A W Rock. I had decided to read this book before I had a chance to look at the blurb. That was all thanks to that stunning cover, absolutely gorgeous! If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will!
Ex-secret service operative Branen is called back to action following the horrific death of his only daughter, Carrie. He is tasked with finding her killer which means returning to the stomping ground of his youth, notorious Soho in the West End of London. During his investigation he puts several high powered noses out of joint. Not that they needed much encouragement. Branen is a wanted man, on the hunt for a killer. The bodies pile up as he gets closer to the truth, can Branen avoid being one of those bodies…
I enjoyed this book, it’s a fast paced thriller with lots of action, but I was quite confused by the end of part one. There is a lot of information (locations, jobs, hierarchies, names etc.) which I felt came flying at me. I wanted the story to slow a little to give me time to absorb what I was reading. It all felt a little too much, too quickly and as a result it took me a little while to enjoy A W Rock’s style of writing.
Once I had gotten used to the author’s style, I found myself completely submerged in the story. A W Rock paints a very vivid picture of Soho and it’s darker side. The characters are well written and the action flows from start to finish. It’s a dark, gritty tale about the criminals of Soho’s underbelly and I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series, particularly as book one left us on such a cliffhanger!
Three and a half out of five stars.
Thanks to Rachel at Authoright for my copy of Soho Honey in exchange for an honest review.
Based in London A.W. Rock has been a regular in Soho working in various sectors of the entertainment industry.
Graduated Hornsey College of Art with a BA degree.
Worked in design and graphics, co-owner of Mighty Mouse Studio designing for many companies and theatres including the Royal Court Theatre and The Roundhouse.
He then became a professional photographer based in England and working all over the world, for most of the major advertising agencies in stills and film. These include J. Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, McCanns, Bogle Bartle & Hegarty and many others.
A.W. Rock has directed a wide range of music promo films and over two hundred TV commercials worldwide. Working in a variety of locations he has made commercials for General Motors in New Zealand, American Express in New York and Dyson vacuum cleaners in England. A commercial he made for The Royal Tournament was nominated for a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed several thirty minute commercially financed dramas.
He made his first theatrical drama – Deux ex Machina – a short film which won 2nd prize in a national competition sponsored by Channel One TV – Prize Shorts. It was also chosen by the British Film Institute, from over 300 shorts, as one of eight international films to tour the country in the Brief Encounters Festival. It later was shown by the BFI on a worldwide tour.
This film received critical acclaim and was judged
” Very accomplished and remains in the memory ” by Derek Malcolm the Guardian film critic.
This film has appeared in several other international film festivals.