#Blogtour The Hangaman’s Hold by Michael Wood @MichaelHWood @KillerReads @HarperCollins

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The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood   Killer Reads September 20th 2018

Your life is in his hands.

In the gripping new serial killer thriller from Michael Wood, Matilda Darke faces a vicious killer pursuing his own brand of lethal justice. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons and Helen Fields.

There’s a killer in your house.
The Hangman waits in the darkness.He knows your darkest secrets.
He’ll make you pay for all the crimes you have tried desperately to forget.And he is closer than you think.
DCI Matilda Darke is running out of time. Fear is spreading throughout the city. As the body count rises, Matilda is targeted and her most trusted colleagues fall under suspicion. But can she keep those closest to her from harm? Or is it already too late?
My Review
This is my first foray into the life of DCI Matilda Darke and it won’t be my last, in fact I’m not sure why it took me so long to discover this brilliant crime series.
What struck me about DCI Darke was not just her skills as a detective but that she wasn’t your typical hardnosed, nothing is going to get me kind of detective. It was so refreshing to read a detective who had feelings, and vulnerabilities and wasn’t afraid to let everyone around her see the real her.
I think what would have helped me understand her better was if I had read the previous three novels but I soon picked up on some of the background and can honestly say that it did not spoil my enjoyment.
The storyline is grim, tense and terrifying, the opening pages lulled me into a false sense of security until suddenly I was engulfed in scenes that were certainly not pleasant and definitely the stuff of nightmares.
All at once characters marched in demanding my attention, some out to catch the killer, others with questionable motives, an aura of suspicion hanging around them.
As DCI Darke investigated I was pulled further and further in, the myriad of possible killers and outcomes swirling around, putting my head in quite a spin at times. It’s definitely one of the best things about this novel, that you never quite know who to trust and just where Wood will take you next.
I loved Wood’s narrative, fast, but never skimming the surface, always going that little bit further, to dig that little bit deeper into the characters, the background into the investigation, before the great unveiling and a satisfying resolution.
I have read a lot of serial killer novels, but I have to say that The Hangman’s Hold is a cut above the rest, it has depth, a great storyline and the writing is fantastic.
Thank you to Killer Reads for a copy fo The Hangman’s Hold to read and review and to the author Michael Wood for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
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Sheffield based crime writer and author of the DCI Matilda Darke novels. Published by Killer Reads at HarperCollins.

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