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DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.
When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.
But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?
One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.
I’m so glad I got to read this crime thriller! It proved to be a real page turner that I was enthralled by and really didn’t want to put down until I’d reached the end. It is a story which starts with a lethal bang resulting in murder, sharing the demented thoughts of the perpetrator and introducing the reader to one of the family at the heart of this investigation. That had me hooked for the very beginning . . . then, to confound issues, that is followed by the mysterious disappearance, from his school, of a twelve year old school boy, leaving a pool of blood behind him.
The detective investigating this is DCI Michael Yorke and I found the whole story an intriguing and excellently written story that kept me guessing right until the twist I never saw coming at the end. The characters are all well developed, with some just unlikeable whilst others are totally insane, counterbalanced by the exemplary members of the police force and a few others. Regardless of their nature, the author brings them all to life in the story, creating connections between them and the reader as the story unfolds, revealing hints and clues along the way. I’ll definitely be looking out for more by this author in future and have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys superb crime thrillers.
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via Rachel’s Random Resources. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.