Good morning everyone, I’m so excited to be kicking off the tour for one of my favourite crime writers today!
The Insider is published in ebook and paperback on the 1st November but you can pre-order your copy of both here.
Before I share my review with you here is a little bit about the book.
‘It was the news they had all been dreading, confirmation of a fourth victim.’
When the body of a young woman is found by a Northumberland railway line, it’s a baptism of fire for the Murder Investigation Team’s newest detective duo: DCI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver.
The case is tough by anyone’s standards, but Stone is convinced that there’s a leak in his team – someone is giving the killer a head start on the investigation. Until he finds out who, Stone can only trust his partner.
But Frankie is struggling with her own past. And she isn’t the only one being driven by a personal vendetta. The killer is targeting these women for a reason. And his next target is close to home…
I’m a huge fan of Mari Hannah and I have been eagerly awaiting the next book in the Stone and Oliver Series. Hannah’s books are always fab reads so its always great to be able to relax into them knowing you’ll love them.
The story starts off straight away with a scary search for a murder victim in the dark and rain which immediate got my attention. There is an eerie feel to the search which is compounded by the weather that made me feel something was going to happen. That along with the knowledge they were searching for a murder victim and the murderer could still be out there ensured I was hooked from the start!
The partnership between Stone and Oliver is a very interesting one, which I really enjoyed reading about. There seems to be a great mutual respect that exists between them and a growing understanding of what strengths each can bring to the case. I thought it was great that Stone listened to Frankie and asked her opinion on things, despite him being the more senior officer. I felt that showed him to be quite a considerate boss.
The author describes the beautiful Northumberland scenery really vividly so I felt that I could really see it in my mind. The descriptions of the vivid, remote countryside, where most of the murders take place, helps to add a really eerie feel to the book. This also adds to the tension as the reader gets the feeling that anything could happen at any time.
The story goes along at quite a fast pace with lots of action to keep the reader interested. The idea that there is a leak in the force helps add to the atmosphere and kept me guessing as to who it would be. There is a lot of great banter between the police officers that helps add some light relief to the story too and it was great to see the team bonding together.
The Insider is the second book in the Olive and Stone series and whilst it could be read as a standalone I think it would be better to read these books in order as you’d have a greater understanding of the characters. I’m very excited to read more from Mari Hannah and look forward to the next book in this amazing series!
Huge thanks to Orion books for my copy of this book via Netgalley and to Alianna for inviting me onto the blog tour. If you like dark, thrilling crime books you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Multi-award winning Mari Hannah is the author of the Stone & Oliver crime series, the Ryan & O’Neil series and the DCI Kate Daniels series.
In July 2010, she won a Northern Writers’ Award for Settled Blood. In 2013, she won the Polari First Book Prize for her debut, The Murder Wall. She was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017 as the author of the most enjoyed collection of work in libraries.
Mari is reader-in-residence at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival. She lives in Northumberland with her partner, an former murder detective.
To find her or see where she’s appearing, visit her events page at: marihannah.com or follow her on Twitter @mariwriter.