“When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist.
Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a middle-aged university lecturer, comes forward with his lawyer and tells DI Ray Mason of the Met’s Homicide Command that he knows what happened to Kitty, and who killed her.
So begins a hunt for the truth that will focus on a ruthless crime gang, a rich, dysfunctional family with a terrible past, and a highly ambitious man so cruel and ruthless that he must be brought down at any cost.”
I am very excited, a little awestruck and incredibly pleased to welcome you to my stop on Simon Kernick’s The Bone Field blog tour. And it’s my first blog post of the year, so a belated Happy New Year lovely booky people! What a way to start 2017 huh?
Now I don’t think Simon Kernick needs much of an introduction as I (and many others) consider him to be a household name and one of the biggest names in UK-based thriller writing. However, if you have never read a Simon Kernick novel before (…seriously? You’ve been missing out!) then all you need to know is that Simon has released a number of darn good, bestselling, high intensity thrillers over the years and continues to do so (I hope, for many years to come). He leads the way for British crime thriller writers, leaving many in his wake.
The majority of Simon’s books are standalone thrillers chock full of action, adventure and heaps of excitement. He has previously published a couple of three-part serial thrillers but this, The Bone Field, marks the start of a brand new series. And what a series it’s going to be! High energy, action packed reading that’ll keep your heart rate high and your attention glued to the pages. Some books should come with a health warning and this is certainly one of them. Edge of your seat stuff that I insist you read!
What I love about The Bone Field is that the author, as is customary in his previous books, has used fully developed, pre-existing, previously published characters but put them up against (or with, in this case!) a new ally. The Bone Field features DI Ray Mason who is now working at part of the Met’s Homicide Command. We have met DI Mason before when he featured in The Witness (published June 2016) but back then he was part of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. DI Mason (who I love by the way, he’s nearly everything I look for in my detectives…just not quite grumpy enough!) contacts a PI by the name of Tina Boyd as part of the ongoing investigation. There was something familiar about Tina to me. A strange sense of recognition. That was when I realised that she is the lead protagonist in Relentless (pub. 2006), Target (pub. 2009) and The Last 10 Seconds (pub. 2010), all of which I have read and very much enjoyed. What a treat! The simmering chemistry between Ray and Tina was quite addictive. As I may have mentioned before, I’m not one for romance in my crime books but they really worked for me.
I loved the action which was well written and at a consistent pace throughout. This novel was incredibly easy to read, I polished it off in two short days (that’s quick for me). There is, unsurprisingly in a Simon Kernick novel, a number of violent scenes but regular readers of the blog will know that the more gore and violence in a book, the more it appeals to me. I would also like to mention the villain of this book who is by far one of the creepiest bad guys I have met in a novel for some time. Expertly written much like the majority of characters within the pages of The Bone Field. I very much enjoyed the plot which I found twisty and unpredictable from start to finish. And as for that last sentence….WOW!!
Would I recommend this book? I would as it’s a high octane, well written thriller by an author who knows his characters inside out and round-side-round. To be able to maintain such a high level of action and suspense is a real skill and Simon Kernick is a master of the thriller. I can’t wait for the second book in this new series.
Four out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an ARC of The Bone Field. Many thanks to Sam Deacon at Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy. All of the above views are my own and are unbiased.
The Bone Field by Simon Kernick is published by Century | Penguin Random House on 12th January 2017 and is available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats (with the paperback to follow later this year) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He talks both on and off the record to members of the Met’s Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.