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Today is my stop on the blog tour for 55 by James Delargy! Thanks so much to Anne for organising the tour. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops.
Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?
Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.
All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers - he was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. Heath is a serial killer.
As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55. Gabriel is the serial killer.
Police Sergant Chandler Jenkins needs to find out who is telling the truth – and quick. is He is forced to call in Mitch, his former partner and now insufferable superior, a partnership which dissolved in acrimony years earlier. Can Mitch and Chandler uncover the truth, before the 55th victim is taken?
Before I say anything else, I just want to let you know that this book is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
I read 55 everywhere I possibly could and I struggled to even think about stopping reading. It really kept my attention, leaving me riveted and totally engrossed so that time completely ran away from me (at one point 2 hours passed without me even noticing).
I really liked the unique and cleverly written plot and how the storyline feels original the whole way through the book.
You never know which of the two suspects to trust, and with the additional layer to the story regarding Chandler and Mitch’s past friendship which is seamlessly weaved in, it’s not just the two suspects you find yourself questioning. I was constantly trying to come up with theories and ideas and had thoughts and guesses flying around in my mind at all times. All this was only enhanced by the action and tension which kept me on the edge of my seat and didn’t let me rest for a minute.
I felt that all of the characters were really well written but I particularly liked Chandler and found that I warmed to him and almost felt his emotions for him during some parts of the book.
Overall, I’m giving 55 4.5 out of 5. It’s thrilling, perfectly paced and an absolutely addictive read. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment.
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About the Author
James Delargy was born and raised in Ireland and lived in South Africa, Australia and Scotland, before ending up in semi-rural England where he now lives. He incorporates his diverse knowledge of towns, cities, landscape and culture picked up on his travels into his writing. 55 is his first novel, which has been sold in 19 countries so far and optioned for film by Zucker Productions in partnership with Prodigy Pictures.
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