Hello! Another awesome book tour and book review, this time for Dances in the wind by Anne Coates, a new British crime thriller that kept me to the edge of my seat.
Genre: Crime thriller
Year Of Publication: Oct 2016
Publisher: Urbane Publications
My rating: 4 stars
Thank you Urbane Pub & Love Books Tour for a review copy
“Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Webridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognizable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realize that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah must expose the truth—and stay alive.” [Goodreads]
Hannah was a brilliant choice to be the star of this novel as her insight and charismatic attitude gave this story a fresh spin and she was very likeable. Hannah’s inner conflict made it so much easier to engage with the story and be emotionally invested. Her character has much to learn through the course of the novel in order to find the truth despite dangers. On the other hand, Jordan was very much a grey character and did not not what to think about him most of the time and the narrative kept me guessing and second-guessing myself the whole time. I did suspect everyone and I very much enjoy this type of formula as it makes me feel like I am a detective myself and trying to piece together the clues and find the answers.
The novel is divided with short chapters and I really like that in a crime thriller, makes it feel snappish and to the point, and keeps me turning the page. The plot was intriguing and the writing style did wonders in supporting the structure and keeping the reader on the page. This is very much a dark world set against the backdrop of an unsavoury part of London and quite shocking.
Overall, a great read and I recommend you dive in!
Buying link: Amazon UK