📚 Synopsis 📚
When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts—until a sinister call suggests that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.
Michael Stringer deals in information—and doesn’t care on which side of the law he finds himself. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what Lydia knows. When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world, where money, power and politics intersect, and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.
💭 My Thoughts 💭
Blood Red City is absolutely amazing. It has got everything you need for a crime mystery. A journalist receives a video clip in her email of a man being attacked. Who is he? Who are the attackers? And, who filmed it? Well I’m obviously not going to tell you as it wouldn’t be a mystery anymore would it.
Lydia does what she does best and starts investigating into the mystery of the video clip. But, this puts her on Michael Stringers radar. And, whilst she is doing some digging around. Stringer who knows the victim, digs around to find out what Lydia knows. Yes, you read that bit correct Stringer knows the victim. How? You’ll just have to read the book to find out 😊
This is my first and by no means last book written by Rod Reynolds. What I liked about his writing in Blood Red City, was at times there may have been a lot of information to take in, especially about who was who and how they were linked to each other. But, Reynolds had a knack of writing dialogue between characters and summarising the plot of the mystery to keep us on track.
You can easily tell that Reynolds is a Londoner and holds London dear to his heart. His description of the city, the noises, smells and sounds were superb and it made you feel you were deep in the heart of the city.
I’ll be honest there were times in this story that I didn’t know what was going on, it felt like everyone had a hand in the mysterious attack. But, when it all starts unfolding and we get that bit between our teeth in finding out the truth, there’s no holding back. The tension is racked up to the top and the story flows so well.
Blood Red City is a story that will have you racking your grey matter as to what is going on. If you enjoy fast paced thrillers then this one is definitely for you.
✍🏼 About Rod Reynolds ✍🏼
Rod Reynolds is the author of four novels, including the Charlie Yates series. His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian has called the books ‘pitch-perfect American noir’. A lifelong Londoner, in 2020 Orenda Books will publish Blood Red City, his first novel set in his hometown. Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in novel writing from City University London. He lives with his wife and family and spends most of his time trying to keep up with his two young daughters. Follow him on Twitter @Rod_WR.