Gallows Drop

Written by Mari Hannah

Review written by John Parker

John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.


Gallows Drop
Macmillan
RRP: £16.99
Released: November 17 2016
HBK

This is the sixth book in the Kate Daniels series. It starts with a hanging.

DCI Kate Daniels is set to investigate the murder of a man she had seen less than 24 hours earlier. Daniels has a holiday coming up with a person she loves and is keen to solidify a relationship with. This means that a certain DCI James Atkins is brought in to replace her. Atkins is the last person that Kate wants to see given that he is her nemesis and the perpetrator of some very unpleasant incidents in her past.

But when Kate discovers that Atkins’ daughter is an eyewitness to a fight involving the victim, Atkins is taken off the case and this leads him to expose a secret from Kate’s past.  Although this causes ructions in her life, Kate launches into an investigation which will have repercussions on the lives of many of the main characters.

At almost 500 pages, you would hope for a gripping read and, indeed, author Hannah does not disappoint. It’s a real turning point in the life of Kate Daniels. The murder inquiry plods along nicely but it is the antagonistic relationship between Kate and Atkins that is of most interest.  Atkins’ character is quite repellent, a kind of Gene Hunt from TV series Life on Mars but with no redeeming qualities whatsoever (as Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures are developing a crime series based on Hannah’s novels, might I suggest David Morrissey for the role of Atkins?).

It’s definitely worth looking out for.


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