“A group of urban explorers stumble into a murderer’s kill room in a derelict film studio. Terrified, they run, thinking they are safe. Then a message appears on their video channel: Who dies next?
As DI Dominic Bell and his team investigate the series of murders in hidden locations across London, they fail to find the connection between the victims. The only person who can help is Clementine Starke, an academic researching adult thrillseekers. However, Clementine is haunted by dark and violent obsessions, including her former relationship with DI Dominic Bell.
As the body count rises, Clementine Starke and DI Dominic Bell form an uneasy alliance to hunt the killer. But as they close in on their prey, and things turn personal, Clementine has to decide which side of the law she’s really on.
A cat-and-mouse thriller for fans of Mark Billingham, Sarah Hilary and Rachel Abbott that unfolds in a number of terrifying hidden locations across London. Readers who enjoyed Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series will be thrilled by the deadly relationship between DI Dominic Bell and Clementine Starke.”
I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on the You Die Next blog tour. You Die Next is the second book in the Starke and Bell series written by a favourite author of mine, Stephanie Marland (also known as Steph Broadribb). You Die Next was published by Trapeze Books earlier this month in eBook, audiobook and paperback formats. I received an eARC copy of You Die Next which has in no way influenced this review.
I am a huge fan of this author’s writing no matter what guise it takes. Be it home-grown amateur sleuth, Clementine Starke, and her favourite obsession, DI Dominic Bell. Or whether it’s a trip stateside with kick-ass bounty hunter, Lori Anderson. Stephanie Marland knows how to tell a story and I, for one, enjoy reading them. Here’s my review of the first book in the Starke and Bell series, My Little Eye, to prove it. When I discovered that book two in the Starke and Bell series was imminent, I knew I had to get a copy.
And I’m so very glad I did. I have to be honest, I think I preferred the second outing of this intriguing duo a touch more than the first. Both Dominic Bell and Clementine Starke are fascinating characters and I cannot wait to see where Marland takes them. From book one to book two they’ve taken a step (or rather Clementine has!) towards the dark side and I love that! That’s what I want from a series of crime novels – something a little different, something that’s going to make me sit up and take note. There’s so much potential here, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
The plot focuses on a group of urban explorers who one day stumble upon a grisly murder scene. Being in the act of breaking the law themselves they fail to notify the police but the guilt eats away at some of them. Then subtle yet threatening messages start appearing on their video feeds. The plot was interesting and kept me gripped throughout. I loved the set-up of the murders and the way individuals within the group were picked off one by one. The reveal of whodunit was a complete surprise and I spent a lot of my time whilst reading coming up with motives and suspects. I was wrong…a lot!
Would I recommend this book? I would, definitely. However, I’ve read both books in this series and I’m not sure if You Die Next works as a standalone. By going straight to book two you will miss a lot of background information about Clementine and Dominic so I would recommend you start with My Little Eye first and then move onto You Die Next. Stephanie Marland is a must read author for me and this is a must read series. I can’t wait for book three to be published.
You Die Next by Stephanie Marland was published in the UK by Trapeze Books on 4th April 2019 and is available in paperback, audio and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Stephanie Marland has worked in the University sector for over ten years and published research on how people interact and learn together in virtual environments online. She’s an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and an avid reader of all things crime fiction, blogging about books at http://www.crimethrillergirl.com. Steph also writes the Lori Anderson action thriller series (as Steph Broadribb) for Orenda Books.