📚 SYNOPSIS 📚
On the 1st day of June 1988, the residents of south Wales were thrown into a state of panic when a married couple were brutally murdered in their own home. The killer, nicknamed Spartacus by the media, did not flee the scene immediately; instead, he stayed to carve Roman Numerals onto his victims’ chests.
This was the beginning of a month-long killing spree, each murder taking a step closer to home.
Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Allen was to be the final victim, on the final day of the month. Instead, he became the only survivor, and the only real witness. The killings ended as suddenly as they began. Jeffrey relocated to London, changing his name, and his identity, to Marcus Clancy. His past life became merely a dark secret.
On 1st June 2018, 30 years to the day since the first killing, a mysterious figure refers to Marcus by his old name, through closing lift doors.
Is Spartacus back? If so, has he returned to finish what he failed to do thirty years ago?
And so begins 30 days of terror for Marcus Clancy, culminating in dramatic fashion on the final day of June.
30 DAYS IN JUNE is Chris Westlake’s third novel, and his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second crime thriller and is on schedule to have it completed in 2020.
💭 MY THOUGHTS 💭
We are thrown straight into the action in the opening chapter. We are back in 1988 and we are with a couple who have just picked someone up to take home. When we realise what’s going on, with a few shocks in store. That’s when things don’t actually go to plan for the couple, as they end up dead.
What we have is a serial killer who goes by the name of Spartacus. And, he’s targeting those around Cardiff. A month long killing spree ensues, but Jeffrey Allen survives.
In 2018, 30 years after the murders. Jeffrey, who has changed his identity and moved on with his life is suddenly thrown back into his past, when someone calls him by his old name. Is it Spartacus back to finish off what he started?
What then follows is an exciting story of unraveling what is going on. The story is told from 1988 and 2018. This gives us an understanding of what happened and how it affected Jeffrey. We get a better knowledge of his character through these differing timelines and also through his counselling sessions.
30 Days in June is a cracking read that culminates in a gripping stand off that you don’t want to miss.
✍🏻About Chris Westlake✍🏻
After completing a Creative Writing course in 2010, Chris Westlake’s short story, Welsh Lessons, was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Story Award (not bad for the first writing competition he had entered). He followed this up with 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award and 2nd place in the HASSRA Literary Award.
Chris has written three novels. 30 DAYS IN JUNE is his first crime thriller. He is currently writing his second thriller, on schedule to be completed in 2020. He is determined to write many, many more – his main regret is that he didn’t start writing earlier.
Chris considers himself to be a developing author. He is always looking to improve, to make his next novel even better than the last. He is continuously experimenting with different styles, different genres.
You can contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org . He would love to hear from you.