Your life is in his hands.
In the gripping new serial killer thriller from Michael Wood, Matilda Darke faces a vicious killer pursuing his own brand of lethal justice. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons and Helen Fields.
“There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness.
He knows your darkest secrets.
He’ll make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.
And he is closer than you think.
DCI Matilda Darke is running out of time. Fear is spreading throughout the city. As the body count rises, Matilda is targeted and her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?”
I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on The Hangman’s Hold blog tour. The Hangman’s Hold is the fourth book in the superb DCI Matilda Darke series written by author Michael Wood. I am such a huge fan of DCI Darke and this is a series I will return to again and again without a moment’s hesitation. And to prove it, here are my reviews of the second and third books; Outside Looking In and A Room Full of Killers. When I heard rumours of a fourth book being released, I jumped at the chance to read it!
I have several favourite fictional characters. I’m a crime blogger so surprise surprise, they’re all pretty much (give or take a few)….detectives! A large number of those detectives are female as well (which makes me happy for some odd reason). DCI Matilda Darke is very high on my list of favourites. I’ve said this before in my reviews of Michael Wood’s books but she’s so flipping wonderfully normal. If she were real, I could see us being friends (or I would be stalking her from afar wishing she were my bestie and plotting to get rid of Adele. Perfectly normal, right?!). I love how committed to the cause she is, how she frequently berates herself for her past failings, how completely and utterly in love she still is with her deceased husband, James. She is one of those characters who evokes a fondness in me, I’m 100% on Team Matilda and I hope it stays that way for a very long time to come.
DCI Darke and her team are called to investigate a hanging. The victim, having returned home from a delightful first date with a new lady friend, has been strung up and left to slowly die, in agonising amounts of pain. When Matilda arrives at the scene it becomes clear to hear that this murder is closer to home than she first thought. She also discovers the victim is a confirmed paedophile from the south-east; having rellocated to Sheffield with a new name and leaving his past behind. Then, another body is discovered. This time a family man whose wrongdoings from the past have caught up with him. With the Press breathing down her neck and accusations flying, can Matilda and her team stop the Hangman before he kills again…
This is the type of storyline I love to read. Seemingly ordinary people with dark secrets to hide being picked off one by one by a callous, vengeful killer. I was excited to find out what was going to happen next; who was going to fall victim to the Hangman and his deadly form of justice. Reading about Matilda and her team made me feel in the midst of friends (I love Sian too!) and their failed attempts to make any progress in the case left me feeling frustrated for them. I could feel my blood pressure rising as the killer taunted them with text messages and calls to the press. Marvellous stuff!
Would I recommend this book? I would. I would recommend this entire series. Michael Wood sure knows how to write a compelling, utterly absorbing crime series and create some of the most memorable characters out there. Personally, I *maybe* need to take a small step back from this series and remind myself that it is indeed fiction, it’s not real life and Matilda isn’t a real person but hey, that’s enough about my issues! Crime fans, this series is a must read and you’re letting the side down if you haven’t read it. Take my advice, download all four books now ;).
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Hangman’s Hold. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood was published in the UK by Killer Reads on 20th September 2018 and is available in paperback 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 | BookDepository | Goodreads |
Michael Wood is a freelance journalist and proofreader living in Sheffield. As a journalist he has covered many crime stories throughout Sheffield, gaining first-hand knowledge of police procedure. He also reviews books for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to crime fiction.