Successful criminal defence lawyer, Jon Shaw, comes face to face with, Danny Hallam, the man he tried to murder twenty-five years ago…
Then: While drug running for a local crime lord, Danny decides to call in a large debt from a young female drug addict, Micki Ashton. During a chaotic night on a riverbank, in which punches are thrown, Shaw steps in to protect the defenceless woman, but things turn deadly when Danny produces a knife and Micki is stabbed. Appalled by his friend’s actions, Shaw deliberately pushes Danny into the river. Danny survives and, arrested and charged for murder, spends the next quarter of a century in prison.
Now: Meanwhile, the gang disintegrates, each haunted by the death of a young woman. Throughout his sentence, Danny refuses to name those involved. But someone knows and believes they should all pay. As, one by one, the former friends are picked off only Danny and Shaw remain. With the race on to identify a determined and forensically aware killer, Shaw throws in his lot with a detective who has her own cross to bear and her own reasons for abandoning routine police procedure.
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Six was an addictive, twisty read from a new author for me.
Firstly I always love books like this that are set around an event in the past involving old friends, so I enjoyed learning more about what happened and getting to know the characters more as I read. Told from the point of view of Jon, Danny and a police detective trying to solve the more recent murders the reader is quickly drawn into the story with the multiple threads making for very intriguing reading.
I found it very interesting to follow this story and try to work out what was happening. There are lots of twists in the book that kept me guessing and kept changing the direction of the story just when I thought I had it all figured out. The author cleverly increases the tension in the book as the story unfolds and the six friends who were witness to the murder are slowly whittled down. Some of the descriptions had my hair standing on end and I had to reread a few parts, like the six feathers, as I thought they were brilliantly executed.
Overall I really enjoyed this read and found it hard to put down. I initially said I would only be able to do a first impressions post as part of the blog tour but read the book so quickly I was able to do a proper review. I’ll look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Huge thanks to Will from Orion for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
G.S. Locke is the pseudonym of E.V.Seymour. ‘Neon’ is my first foray into serial killers hence the name change. I’m a plotter rather than a ‘pantser’ when creating storylines; research on the neon aspect of the story was particularly fascinating and allowed me to explore a branch of art with which I wasn’t previously familiar. By day, I work as a freelance editor so try to take the advice I dish out. My passions are family, film, playing classical piano, which I’ve done since I was five, and I’m a demon house-mover due to a nomadic and restless personality. I strongly dislike cold tea and adore chilled white wine.