Audiobook Review – The Body in the Stairwell

Title: The Body in the Stairwell (DCI Craig Gillard #10)

Author: Nick Louth

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 4.44

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

You can run. You can hide. But you can’t escape…

Jonathan Hale is terrified. The wealthy property lawyer and money launderer is back home in Surrey after a nightmare experience in a U.S. jail. The police have him under secret surveillance.

But Hales’s fears lie elsewhere. His plea bargain has earned him the enmity of The Reptile, a notoriously cold-hearted gangster, now confined for life in a maximum-security jail in Arizona thanks to Hale. He’s taken precautions, moved house, hidden his identity and installed security for his wife and family. But still… what if The Reptile escapes?

For DCI Gillard it should be just another week at work. But before long he is involved in a desperate manhunt that will test him to his very limits.

Be prepared.

My Review:

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Canelo for approving me for an ARC of this book. I am a huge fan of this series and always on the look out for the next book! Whilst this book is part of a series this can definitely be read as a standalone. Nick Louth always does a brilliant job of giving the readers enough backstory without rehashing everything.

What I love about Nick Louth’s books is his fresh perspective. Each story has a new angle and takes us down a different route of life in the police force. This story was less about serving murders and more about fraud, money laundering and criminal activity. When Jonathan Hale, a successful businessmen and and money launderer, is released from prison he starts to settle back into his every day life. What he doesn’t realise is that the NCA have got a close eye on him and are watching to see if he returns to his old ways.

DCI Craig Gillard soon finds himself caught up with this team and is then rapidly involved in a highly tense situation. We see less of his usual team in this instalment and I have to admit I did miss them but I also liked seeing Gillard working in a different area. I do hope we get some more action from the familiar faces in the next book.

My star of the book was Lucy. Not just because we share the same name but I loved her personality and her candid nature. She wasn’t afraid to ask the questions and did not care if it showed her parents up, even when she was in a dire situation she still managed to use her survival instincts and not admit defeat.

This was a slow burn story that was building for a big finale and Nick Louth certainly delivered. I was on the edge of my seat during the last quarter of the book and I didn’t think my nerves could take anymore. There was action, tension and menace were prominent in this story. I can’t wait for the next one.

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