Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.

The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago.

DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies.

But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must do more than put aside her demons to crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.

If you like Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Cara Hunter, you will love this.

My Review

With huge thanks to Dylan at Red Dog Press, I was enticed by the book’s synopsis, although by how much I literally underestimated! Thoroughly enjoyable, tense and gripping is just a few words to describe this book!

From the very beginning I was glued, I had started reading quite late and only read a few chapters, I was in a bit of a reading slump beforehand. So, I had started reading again Sunday morning knowing that my blog tour spot was Tuesday, giving me spare time on Monday to finish it, it’s fair to say I started in the morning and finished it just after lunch – telling my Fitbit to get lost when it told me to move!!

The story has hold of you with a gruesome gripping start and continuous moments throughout the story to the very end,  keeping you engrossed with even more gruesome and creative moments.

This story covers other areas such as relationships that are pushed to their limits, colleagues with their own personal problems, along with a haunting past that affects the main character- DI Erika Piper.

Detective Sergeant Liam Sutton is Erika’s partner, they have a strong partnership and work closely supporting each other.

I feel this story was easily relatable, from cold coffee, parking spaces and the descriptions of a chase of a possible suspect, within the busy shopping centre.

The police work is very thorough, from lines of enquiry, the police characters thoughts along with the interviews, brought this investigation to life.

There are a variety of characters within the storyline, some you’ll love, some you’ll despise! I felt that there was a lot of passion from different characters, behind the reasons of their actions. This was very cleverly done, to create the allusion of various characters possibly being the murderer!

Breadcrumb clues that are left for Erika, along with a race to solve this case brings this story to a gripping end.

The whole point of this story,  which is a question many people still ask – “Is the film better than the book!?!”

It was great to read a story that included this question, which involved the author, fans, directors and actresses/actors. Bringing the lies, hate and passion that becomes evident between them all!

An absolute must read! You can purchase it here at Amazon, or you can buy the paperback and hardback editions direct from Red Dog Press here.

Also available in all Libraries and Bookstores – Independent or otherwise!

About the Author

Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.

He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.

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Details: The prize is a signed Hardback edition of A Wash of Black, along with a Go Away I’m Reading Tote Bag and a Luxury Bookmark.

The giveaway runs from 28th Jan to 11th Feb, and we (Red Dog Press) will announce the randomly chosen winner on the evening of the 11th Feb (GMT)

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