Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for the latest additions to DI Tanner series of police procedurals written by David Blake.
Four missing children, three murdered men, and the helm of a boat with a blood-red sail, hiding a secret only he can tell.
Returning to the Broads after nearly two years at sea, Tanner moors up next to a boat to find the body of a man whose five-year-old daughter is nowhere to be seen. As a torrent of unwanted memories begins flooding through his mind, an attractive Broads Ranger arrives at the scene with a disturbing tale; one of children being taken by a ghostly figure, standing at the helm of an old wooden boat.
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We are back to the fascinating world of Norfolk Broads with DI Tanner’s latest investigation!
After the tragic events of Horsey Mere, John Tanner did the only thing he could do to preserve his sanity- he went to the sea ( ‘The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea’ Isak Dinesen).
Two years later he is back to the place where he started his journey and bang! in the middle of a new case, as he discovers a dead body and finds out that the victim’s five-year-old daughter is missing. He also discovers that this isn’t an isolated case- three more children have been abducted from their parents’ boats. And Vicky Gilbert (who has become a DI in the meantime) delivers another disturbing piece of news: a criminal family from London has relocated to Norfolk. They say that the head of the family wanted to retire, but in reality, they get into a new business- that of hiring boats to holidaymakers. There’s another very sinister reason to suspect that they might be involved…
The book is as dark and gripping as the previous one. The ‘supernatural’ element (or you might want to call it ‘the superstition element) is the legend of a wherryboat with dark-red, blood-soaked sails and a lonely wherryman who whisks away children left without supervision. Of course, DI Tanner is a down-to-earth person, who believes in evidence collection and solid police work, but this much-feared ghostly apparition may have an unexpected rational explanation.
We see a different side of Tanner, a person who has endured a lot of suffering in his life and hasn’t lost his humanity and compassion. There are some old characters (I was very happy to see more of Vicky and DCI Forrester) and some new characters that you might take to or dislike intensely.
The setting is very atmospheric. I don’t know much about boats and sailing, but the descriptions sounded fascinating and I found myself looking for images online. David’s passion for Norfolk Broads and boats was clearly evident in this book.
Despite the very dark topic (the final scenes were downright shocking, even creepy), this was an entertaining read, I found impossible to put down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series- Storm Force.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.
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