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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Review of Stav Sherez’s The Intrusions

June 9, 2017

Superb characters, topical plot and sizzling with suspense. Sherez mercilessly piles the pressure onto his central characters and expertly tackles the subject of social media used to destroy people. He also has a wonderful writing style which reminds me a bit of Michael Robothom’s novels, in the way he can nail an image so perfectly. Highly recommended.

‘Sherez’s novels are strikingly modern and infused with a passionate belief in justice’ Joan Smith, Sunday Times

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Review of The Mine by Antti Tuomainen (in translation)

April 30, 2017

Finnish author Antti Tuomainen joins me in May in the UK at CrimeFest 2017 to discuss the topic of The Hunter Hunted. Here is a brief review of The Mine.

This is a fantastic thriller and I really enjoyed its eco-thriller angle. Filled with a sense of menace and brilliantly drawn characters, it is beautifully written (and translated). Characters are not what they seem or hold dark secrets. The central character, Janne Vuori, a journalist for Helsinki Today, is beset by personal and work issues, at the same time moving into increasing danger as he gets closer to the truth about The Mine. Emil is woven skilfully into the story and his transformation and rebirth is very poignant. This book has stayed with me long after I finished it.

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Sunday Express – Grip Lit!

February 12, 2017

Jake Kerridge selects the best Grip Lit for S Magazine, Sunday Express, Sunday, 12 Feb 2017, which includes Devour:

The first of a new series featuring investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, a cross between a terrier and a Sherman tank when she’s on to a good story. The book roams across the world but has its heart in Antarctica where ice drilling scientists find something that spells trouble for the human race if it gets into the wrong hands.

Larkin rightly calculates that her readers will be having too good a time to dwell on implausibilities.

Thanks so much Jake. I love your description of Olivia Wolfe. I may use that in a future novel!

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Culture Fly: review of Devour

January 21, 2017

“If you’re only going to read one novel in 2017, I suggest you make it Devour.”

Here is the five star review of Devour in CultureFly, 10 January 2017:

Action books almost always feature a male protagonist, but Devour is different. L.A. Larkin has crafted a strong female lead in the form of investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, a career woman driven by a thirst for knowledge and justice. Trained in Jiu-jitsu and martial arts, Wolfe can hold her own against the terrors that her investigations throw at her.

This is the type of book that once you start reading you just can’t put down. The tale jumps from Afghanistan to London to Antarctica, all forming pieces of an intricate plot. It begins at a research camp in Antarctica as they’re drilling into a frozen lake to find prehistoric microbes. Mysterious things keep happening, equipment is sabotaged and things go missing – then there’s a murder. Which brings us to the question: Why is this expedition so important?

In Afghanistan, while on the case of a story, Wolfe pulls up to the house of one of her informants. Yet it all goes wrong and the informer dies, whilst Wolfe is kidnapped. Thankfully the martial arts skills come out, along with help from a few essentials taken from her trusty backpack, and she escapes with her life, returning home to London. It isn’t long until she’s sent to Antarctica to investigate the murder though.

The characters in the book are so well thought out and described, conjuring a vivid image in the reader’s head. The plot gets deeper and deeper, as more things start going wrong, and Wolfe starts uncovering secrets she shouldn’t know, putting herself and others in danger.

Larkin put a lot of research into Devour, travelling to Antarctica on a Russian Ship: “I was told to stay in my bunk bed and hang on for dear life as the vessel corkscrewed through ten-metre swells. When I tried to get to the bathroom, the ship tilted forty degrees and I was hurled on to the door.” She also visited the British Antarctic Survey to learn about the equipment they would need to go there, as well as trying out martial arts. All this first-hand experience and research really pays off, resulting in a truly gripping action-thriller.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years, and if you’re only going to read one novel in 2017, I suggest you make it Devour.

★★★★★

Devour is published by Constable on 26 January 2017

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