Daily Review: The Last Thread by Ray Britain
June 11, 2018
A complex, interwoven history of deception, betrayal, and sadistic relationships.
Accused of pushing a boy to his death, DCI Doug Stirling is suspended from duty. Attacked in the media and haunted by the boy’s eyes as he let go of Stirling’s hand, he must watch helplessly as an incompetent colleague bent on destroying him investigates the boy’s death.
Weeks later, a burnt-out car containing a savagely murdered, unidentified man leads ACC Steph Tanner to take a professional risk in appointing Stirling to lead the investigation. But with no witnesses, no forensic evidence and more theories than investigators, Stirling’s investigation has too many ‘loose threads’ as a complex, interwoven history of deception, betrayal and sadistic relationships is revealed.
Is the investigation as complex as it appears, or is there a simpler explanation? With time the enemy, and still traumatized by the boy’s death, can Stirling bring the killer, or killers, to justice before his career is ruined?
Things are difficult enough when DC Helen Williams joins the investigation, a determined woman intent on rekindling their past relationship. And could Ayesha, the beautiful lawyer Stirling has grown fond of, be connected to the murder?
By Elaine Emmerick
- Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Key characters leading the investigation:
Doug Stirling is a Detective Chief Inspector.
Bill Edwards is a Detective Inspector.
Dave Pearson is a Detective Superintendent.
John Ballard is a Chief Inspector.
Stephanie Tanner is the Assistant Chief Constable.
Ayesha is the story’s ‘love interest’.2. Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story is set in and around the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester.
DCI Stirling is called to negotiate with a 15 years old boy on the outside edge of a bridge. He arrives at the scene and slowly walks to the bridge. Stirling talks to him and gets the boy to take his hand, but he let’s go of Stirling’s hand and falls to his death.
Stirling is devastated and wonders if there was anything he could have done to prevent it. An investigation of the incident begins with Chief Inspector John Ballard to head the case. Ballard has an axe to grind with Stirling and hopes to discredit him. Meanwhile, Stirling is put on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
A man sits waiting in his car in a remote area, expecting someone, anxious about what the meeting is about and unsure if they will arrive.
Headquarters receives an anonymous call. Even though Doug is on restricted duty, ACC Tanner agrees that Doug must take the case. Still haunted by the death of the teenager at the bridge, Doug attends and when he arrives, he finds a dead man in a Jaguar car that has been set on fire.
What happens next is absolutely thrilling! Does Doug find out who the man in the car was? Why was he murdered? Is the murder as complex as it seems, or is there a simpler explanation? You’ll just have to read it to find out!
3. Writing Structure ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ray has weaved an incredible story of betrayal, deceit, and revenge. Doug is a complicated man; he’s excellent at what he does as a DCI but he’s hesitant in his private life. The characters he’s created are multifaceted, with many perspectives to consider.
4. Ending ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
OMG! OMG! The ending is mind-blowing! You think you know who the killer is….and you’re blindsided when the killer is revealed! Doug and his team finally put the pieces together and solve the crime.
5. Overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is Ray Britain’s debut book! I enjoyed his attention to detail, especially in police procedure. It helps the reader understand the process. I was shocked by the ending; I could not put it down! I just kept reading and reading! This is a SOLID THRILLER and I look forward to a sequel (I hope!). OUTSTANDING, RAY!!
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