#BlogTour #BookReview The Fourth Victim By John Mead
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: The Book Guild
Available: 24th October 2018
Genre: Fiction / Crime
With thanks to #RachelsRandomResources the author John Mead and Publisher For my copy of this book and spot on the tour!
Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…
Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with fatal head injuries, down to a mugging gone wrong. The victim deserves more. However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.
If you’re looking for a fast paced Crime story that will have you hooked from the get go and transfixed until the very last words, then i suggest you pick this one up soon.
The storyline was intriguing and just that bit different to others out there, I have found many stories based on Whitechapel and they often have a Ripped slant that I find quite frankly irritating. A place shouldn’t be limited to one event or persons retelling. So I was impressed to find that this was actually a different story, with very different plot line and people involved.
As it was, the storyline moves along nicely and keeps you guessing from page to page, just like any good Crime story should the clues are there for you to follow, but if you’re like me at all then you’ll read the book and then go “OHHHH!!” at all those hints and suggestions you didn’t pick up on as clues, then shake your head at yourself for missing it. I have to say at this point though, the few books I have managed to follow the clues for have left me feeling disappointed.
The only reason THIS book hasn’t been given 5 stars, is because I personally found that I didn’t enjoy the Characters as well as I perhaps could have. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike them, they were interesting and certainly individual in many ways, and perhaps realistic for current society in other ways, but I just personally couldn’t get on with the fact that the characters seemed to be lead around by their sexual organs… it frustrates me in reality when people act this way, so reading about it just wasn’t my thing. I can admire the honesty to the way they have been written, but just didn’t particularly enjoy them.
That being said, overall this was an enjoyable book, and I would happily recommend it to others!
John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.
He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.
John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.
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