PUBLISHED BY JOFFE ON 15th MARCH 2019
CHARLIE GALLAGHER – I have been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time I have had many roles, starting as a frontline response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and I am currently a detective investigating the more serious offences.
My books are a series of thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing is central to the stories.
The central themes are greed, ambition, corruption and addiction. Characters from both sides of the law will fall foul to their respective temptations.
I am inspired by what I do and see in my day-job as a police detective, though my books are entirely fictional. I am aware that the police officers in my books are not always shown positively. They are human and they make mistakes. This can be the case in real life too, but the vast majority of officers are honest and do a job in trying circumstances. From what I see on a daily basis, the men and women who wear the uniform are among the very finest, and I am proud to be part of one of the best police forces in the world.
The books are set in the fictional town of Langthorne. This is typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK’s coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime. Drugs are a big scene. Most UK seaside towns have a problem with them. The Epping Hill estate (known by the locals as Effingell) was constructed in the 80s in response to a sudden demand for social housing and now it’s onto the third generation. Thirty years of crime, violence and desperation have become part of the very fabric of the estate.
DISCOVER AN ABSOLUTELY GRIPPING RACE-AGAINST-TIME THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLIE GALLAGHER.
MEET DETECTIVE MADDIE IVES IN THIS NEW SERIES THAT WILL HAVE YOU GRIPPED FROM THE EXPLOSIVE START TO ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING ENDINGS OF THE YEAR.
Grace Hughes: kicked to the bathroom floor by her partner, her back and side aching from where he slammed the door on her frail body, fighting to regain her breath, she can no longer ignore a simple truth:
SHE MUST LEAVE OR HE WILL KILL HER
Grace is a prisoner in her own home but she has a plan to get free. Detective Sergeant Maddie Ives is going to help her. Maddie now works with a team specialising in getting abused women to safety. She tells Grace to keep a diary, to write everything down so it forms part of the compelling evidence needed to send her abuser to prison.
The detective doesn’t know how bad it’s got. Grace hasn’t been completely honest. But Grace wants to tell her what’s really happening so Maddie can get her safe.
Maddie has a lot on her mind. A dead boy in a bath, a car bomber who wants to make a statement, and the return of a scarred DI Harry Blaker.
Can he and Maddie stop the bomber, find a killer and get Grace safe — whether she helps herself or not?
GRACE’S TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SHE MUST ESCAPE OR DIE.
HE WILL KILL YOU: The new unputdownable thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Maddie Ives’ toughest case yet.
WHAT DID I THINK: Every single thing you have just read is true, I could not put this book down and ended up with bags under my eyes from lack of sleep. I just love the way he constantly keeps you waiting for the next bit it’s like he purposely writes it like that but he gets it all to flow so well. How the hell he turns a book round in three months to this standard I really do not know but I am so pleased he does as I just cannot get enough and I am so pleased that I have not read all his books yet.
I loved the extra touch of all the abbreviations in the back of the book and what they all meant, very clever Charlie but can you get on with writing the next one now please.