The Aidan Waits series by Joseph Knox

So, you’re a bookworm. And suddenly, you find you have the time to read as much as you’ve always wanted to. What better time to start catching up on series than right now?! I thought I’d offer some tips over the next few days/weeks/months (? Yikes!)

Today, I’m shining the spotlight on the Aidan Waits series by Joseph Knox.


Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician’s daughter, from Zain’s influence? Impossible. That’s why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable. This is how we meet Aidan in book 1 of this series, Sirens.

Aidan Waits is extremely damaged, has some serious issues and is most definitely not detective hero material. Despite all of his issues, there is something rather likeable about him, something that makes you root for him, something that makes you want to reach out and help him somehow. He is by far one of the most complicated and multi-layered characters I’ve ever encountered. Yet, he also manages to make me chuckle from time to time because his sense of sarcasm knows no other.

Sirens was the book that first made me start thinking about blogging because I needed a place to shout about its awesomeness. Since then, Joseph Knox has been raising the bar, with each book being even stronger than the previous one. This entire series is masterfully plotted, immensely dark, extremely gritty and completely engrossing from start to finish. And let’s not forget to mention the setting, with the city of Manchester almost acting as a character all on its own, oozing atmosphere and providing the most delightful noir vibe throughout.

This series currently stands at 3 books. I don’t think there will be another book coming so this is the perfect time to binge-read them. And no, before you ask, you really shouldn’t treat these as stand-alones. There is a kind of journey Aidan makes throughout this series and actions have consequences. If the third book, The Sleepwalker, is indeed the end, then it’s absolutely perfect.

Joseph Knox is an incredible talent and the Aidan Waits series is absolutely outstanding. Every single one of these books has caused a massive book hangover. I can’t recommend these books enough! They NEED to be on any crime fiction fan’s bookshelf. I promise you, you will not regret it for one second!

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Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Stoke and Manchester, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London.There he worked at head office Waterstones selecting the crimethrillers and classics for focus attention across the company.

Now writing full time, he runs, writes and reads compulsively.
His debut novel Sirens was a bestseller. The Sleepwalker is the third book in the DC Aidan Waits series.

  10 comments for “The Aidan Waits series by Joseph Knox

  1. April 9, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Just went to Amazon to check these out and it seems I purchased the first book last year 🙄 It got buried in my kindle library. It’s now resurrected and on the to be read pile 😄

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    • April 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

      I seem to remember you mentioning that when I reviewed the last one. Could have dreamed that though. 😂

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      • April 15, 2020 at 10:45 am

        Well it wouldn’t surprise me in the least 😂 My head’s all over the place.

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  2. April 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Wonderful to hear you love this so much and I’m actually a little bit relieved this isn’t a longgoing series because I’m hopeless following that. I’m very happy I have the first novel (received from the author!) but unfortunately it’s still at work so I can’t read it right away ;-). Something to look forward to though!

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    • April 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

      Silly you! Why did you leave it at work?! 😂

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      • April 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

        Because all my books are packed and I wanted to have a reserve pile in a safe place. My desk drawer is full and I even used some cupboard space now with books I bought and never brought home :-). I thought I was being clever, but then corona happened…

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  3. Yvo
    April 10, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Another series I’ve been curious about for quite some time now! I definitely need to try and catch up. xx

    Liked by 1 person

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