Today’s blog tour supports “The Body in the Marsh” by Nick Louth. It is the sixth day of the tour, and our first book review blog tour with Canelo. We are excited to be taking part, and would like to thank both Canelo and Nick Louth for the advanced copy of The Body in the Marsh and the opportunity to take part in the blog tour.
To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?
The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.
Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.
This book can be described in two words – “Roller coaster”, it is most definitely gripping and the twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat until you read the last sentence. If you are a seasoned crime fiction reader you may guess the ending, (although there are many curve balls to knock you off the scent), however this does not detract from Nick’s style of writing nor the story and it is still compulsive reading right to the last page. Well worth, what I call, “book sleep deprivation” the following day after a late night reading session!
When starting to read The body in the Marsh you quickly gain an understanding of the location and characters. The book is set in the nature reserve in Kent and also in an area in Surrey. Both provide a great setting and location to the suspense of the thriller. Nick’s style of writing enables you to visualise and gain an insight into both quickly. When reading the book, it is almost as though you have stepped into the story and are fully immersed in the surroundings. Almost observing from with the room rather than at home reading the book, quite a unique feeling.
The main character, who is very likable, is DCI Craig Gillard and when a missing persons report is filed for 48 year old Elizabeth (Liz) Knight, things start to become personal for DCI Gillard. Liz was his girlfriend 30 years ago. Liz’s husband – Professor Martin Knight – is a criminologist and a long term critic of the police force. When Professor Knight also goes missing and Liz’s blood is found at their family home. The evidence suggest that Liz is dead and likely to have been murdered and the suspect is her husband. Suddenly everyone one is involved, the search for Martin steps up and DCI Gillard is heartbroken. Further evidence is located on Martin’s computer, suggesting he has had a string of affairs and also emails suggestioning he was preparing to run off with one particular lady who had recently inherited large sums of money.
At the same time, an inquiry is launched into failings by Surrey police in a case of Child F, whom committed suicide as a result of abuse allegations not taken seriously by the police. It becomes questionable whether the two cases are linked, with the knowledge that Professor Martin Knight condemned this case. Are the two linked? or not? Having this extra sub plot really adds to the depth and tensity of the story and ensures you keep turning page after page.
As with all good books and investigations, as a reader, you get drawn in emotionally – frustrated, interested and excited. That is in one chapter alone!
As with all books there are some areas that work for some and not other readers, and these are down to the personal preference of the reader. With The Body in The Marsh it was particularly good to see a strong female role included. DS Claire Mulholland, a likable and realistic policewoman who has a family and grand children. The book also covers female sexual objectification, with one particular individual sharing his views, the one thing I would say in relation to the latter is – Karma works its magic! I was also a little perplexed as to how DCI Gillard, was still love struck and obsessive over a woman he met 30 years ago, but this is fiction and anything goes.
This book is suited to those who enjoy reading police procedural thriller, it is fast paced and enjoyable characters. It was enjoyable, can be read in a few sittings (although you will struggle to put it down) and we look forward to reading Nick’s next book.