The past never stays buried for long....
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for 10 years, and it is Ryan's job to piece together her past.
Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable. Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian's Wall country in Northumberland.
©2016 L J Ross (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
After listening to book 1 of this series, I found this book too similar and it quickly became very boring.
Great plot and riveting performance from Jonathan Keeble as usual. Terrific characterisations and can't wait to listen to the sequel.
With plot twists and turns to keep you guessing! Can't wait to delve into the continuing saga in book 3 of the series.
"Sort of a cliffhanger.."
So, we still have “The Circle” doing their business in killing innocent people. What a whacked bunch of killers, but what a great storyline.
They find Amy Llewellyn buried in the forest, where she’s been for ten years, then Phillips finds other women that have disappeared or been killed that have similarities to Amy. I love serial killer books; I just don’t want to read about the gruesome killing.
We spend time with Ryan and Anna, and I really like how easy they talk about the killings and Ryan doesn’t try to sugarcoat things “to protect her.” I do get tired of heroes always trying to protect the heroines, like the heroines are made of glass, or something. And, Ryan finally tells Anna about his sister and how Edwards killed Natalie, it was sad. When it was told what actually happened that day (Ryan was dreaming) it was really horrible, what Edwards did to Natalie. And later Ryan told Anna about going to see Edwards so Anna decided NOT to tell him she felt like she was being watched that day. Duh! AND Edwards is still an important player in this story, even if he is in prison.
Soooo, someone called Holy Island a cliffhanger, which it was NOT. BUT this one is close to being a cliffhanger. It left a whole lot of unanswered questions about Ryan in this one. I mean, you really do have to read Heavenfield if you ever want to know what happens to Ryan, as well as The Circle.
This is truly a great murder/mystery/romance. I’m really lovin’ it.
There is swearing in this and the F-bomb was used 9 times. As to the sex, there wasn’t even a fade to black in this one BUT there was a lot of thoughts and feelings of love between Ryan and Anna.
As to the narrator: Again he was a wonderful reader with wonderful male voices and plenty of emotions but his women’s voices still suck. Guess I’ll take the good with the bad, because when he laughs or grunts or grumbles or whispers I can overlook anything.
"Potential is there"
It may make a better movie than book.
Although the first book was somewhat unpolished with unbelievable dialog and reactions of main characters I sensed real potential in first book in the series so I read the second--Sycamore Gap. There are moments in the book that are well done. But sadly, there are overshadowed by many moments that seem juvenile, simply unbelievable and disjointed. Just didn't come to together at the end. Perhaps with a little more practice? Again, there is some potential.
I am sorry not to have rated this book higher but I feel disappointed that after listening to both books, Holy Island and Sycamore Gap, the story still hasn't reached a conclusion. I think of these books as a long serial....just hope everything gets tied up in the next book and the team can start investigating a new case. Would have been brilliant if it could all have been covered in one book...yes, I'm disappointed.
Its one thing to write a story with a view to a sequel, but this is so blatant that it doesn't have an ending.
This is the second book in a trilogy and I feel that the writing of this one is a bit more assured than the first one, which did suffer a bit from the 'muscular shoulders -smouldering eyes - rippling muscles' type of writing! The plotting and character development of this one is much more confident and involving! Unusually for me, I am quite enjoying the feeling of on-going menace which underpins these books!
Jonathan Keeble's performance is, obviously, superb - and adds greatly to the pleasure to be had from listening to LJ Ross's books!
"highly recommended, kept me quessing until the end"
I would recommend that people read book 1 first. The characters are gelling and maturing well now and it was a good suspense novel. It is a great second novel.
without spoilers it is hard, but it was towards the end involving 2 of the main characters Gregson and Ryan
phillips is a great character, and the northern accent is not bad at all
Anger at the incompetance of some of the characters, and true dislike of Edwards and Colin
LJ Ross has written a good suspense novel, a huge improvement on her first in the series and Jonathan Keebles narration had me on the edge of my seat at times.
"Superb thriller in atmospheric Northumumberland"
Yes. The gripping plot has tremendous pace that keeps the listener glued.
This follows Holy Island by L.J.Ross - another must listen.
The pace brings out the best of this great thriller and brilliantly portrays the characters .
Yes it is fast paced and a compelling plot.
Can't wait for the last in the series- Heavenfield.
"Great story and realistic characters"
A good book to listen to because it keeps moving without being shallow. Well read.
Another strong story and even better written than Holy Island. As a Geordie I enjoy the local setting. Inconclusive but not frustrating - just want to read the next book!
loved it , clever , human and based somewhere I know ! perfect . Recommend this for a cold winter's evening by the fire .
Very enjoyable book well written. Everything in it murder mystery, love interest. Let's not forget the occult dark satanic. A book that you do not want to put down.
"Cliff hanger - disappointing"
Book ended so that you had to get the other book. Disappointing, but luckily 3rd book came out on Daily Deal. Don't think I'd have bought it otherwise, on principal!!
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