Happy Hump Day and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for You’re Next by Michael Fowler! Many thanks to Caroline Vincent for the invitation and the ecopy!
Author : Michael Fowler
Title : You’re Next
Series : DS Scarlett Macey #2
Pages : 256
Publisher : Caffeine Nights Publishing
Publication date : November 9, 2017
It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes. But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed. Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.
Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.
Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green.
When Caroline asked me to join this blog tour, I signed up not realising You’re Next is the second book in the DS Scarlett Macey series. Now I’m sure by now you all know how I feel about starting a series anywhere else but with book one. (In case you don’t, it’s wrong 😜) Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have time to read the first one but luckily, I didn’t need to as this one reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel I’d missed out on anything crucial. There’s enough background information to get the gist of what happened before without, I think, being too repetitive for those who did read the first book.
James Green is facing the court on a charge of multiple rapes. But on the very first day, the trial collapses and James is set free. DS Macey is determined to make sure he’ll get his comeuppance regardless and find evidence against him that will land him in prison, even though her bosses want her to stay well clear. Meanwhile, James has plans of his own though and none of them are good.
The focus isn’t entirely on this storyline though. Just like in real life, I would imagine, the team is working on various cases at once. They’re heartbreaking, shocking and frenzied and some will hit quite close to home. It’s quite clear that the author has experience with these sorts of things and doesn’t shy away from tackling the gruesome and brutal murders. This may not be quite your thing if you’re a tad faint-hearted.
Scarlett is a feisty red-head and makes for a fabulous main character. She’s determined in the face of adversity and will stop at nothing to prove James’ guilt. I also really enjoyed the way the author balances her time on the job with her personal life, complicated as that one may be. James on the other hand made me shudder to the core. He’s pure evil through and through.
This is a thoroughly entertaining (odd choice of words) crime fiction thriller. The short chapters make for a truly quick read, urging you on to flip the pages just that little bit faster. While I did feel that maybe things were a tad rushed at times, if you think your stomach can handle it, then I have no doubt you will enjoy this thrilling investigation!
You’re Next is available for purchase!
Following retirement, after thirty-two years as a police officer, working mainly as a detective, Michael returned to the deadly business of murder, as a writer. His past work brought him very close to some nasty characters, including psychopaths, and gruesome cases, and he draws on that experience to craft his novels: There is nothing gentle about Michael’s stories.
His landmark novel Heart of the Demon, published in 2012, introduced Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr. Michael has since written five novels and a novella featuring Kerr. He also released the first DS Scarlett Macey book in 2016. Michael is also the author of a stand-alone crime novella and a true crime thriller.
Michael has another side to his life – a passion for art, and has found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently, his oil paintings can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts.
He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.