The Twisted Web by Rebecca Bradley Independently published 17th September 2018
A social media shaming. A killer with a message. A deadly combination.
When the body of a man is left in the city centre set up as a realistic police crime scene, DI Hannah Robbins is forced to enter a world that can break a person, a case and a reputation.
Social media platforms light up and Hannah is pitted against the raging online monster and a killer who has already lost everything.
Can she catch the killer and put him behind bars or will she become part of his sadistic game?
Social media, for good or bad isn’t going to go away. It is ever present in our everyday lives, but how true is it , how well does it reflect what really happens.
For Drew his life was destroyed by a simple tweet, an attached video that didn’t reflect what really happened, a tweet that cost him his career, his marriage, and his relationship with his two children.
Drew was one very mixed up person and Bradley was adept at revealing Drew’s thought’s, and his reasoning. What I particularly liked was that Bradley didn’t take the normal thriller route, this wasn’t a man who wanted to kill just for the sake of it, this was a man who didn’t want revenge, but justice. He wanted people to see the harm social media can do, he wanted to manipulate what people saw, and in some ways I think he was looking for admiration, to be liked.
As we know life doesn’t happen the way we want it to and no one can ever predict how people think and this is where Bradley excelled. Bradley made me, the reader really think hard about the role social media has, not just on my own life but in our wider society. People perceive and interpret words and images in so many ways as many of the characters in the novel discovered and it certainly gave the novel a very unique dimension.
The police themselves fell victim to social media and it was interesting to read how they went out about attempting to alter people views.
DI Hannah Robbins, was somewhat naive about social media and you could sense her frustration and impatience with its impact on her investigation. I got the feeling that she enjoyed traditional detective work, and hated bureaucracy. Her reliance on her sidekick Aaron showed her human side, that she wasn’t a detective who wanted results at whatever cost.
The plot was suitably twisty, and even though you knew who the murder was, Bradley was brilliant at making you guess what would happen next. Threads unraveled at quite a pace with a lovely twist.
An enjoyable thriller with a difference and one I would highly recommend.
I would like to thank Emma Welton at Damp Pebbles Tours for a copy of The Twisted Web to read and review and for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Rebecca is the author of four novels in the DI Hannah Robbins series, Shallow Waters, Made to be Broken, Fighting Monsters and The Twisted Web as well as a standalone thriller, Dead Blind.
She lives with her family in the UK with their two Cockapoos Alfie and Lola, who keep Rebecca company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis.
After 16 years service, Rebecca was medically retired from the police where she finished as a detective constable on a specialist unit.
Rebecca now runs a consulting service where she supports crime writers in making sure their fiction is authentic so they can get on with telling a great story. You can find details of that HERE.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Web-Hannah-Robbins/dp/1723841374/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541017093&sr=8-2&keywords=the+twisted+web&dpID=41JFUJD40EL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch