Today I’m really excited to be on the blog tour for Outside Looking In by Michael Wood. If you are a lover of crime fiction then you really need to get yourself a Copy of Outside Looking In, and if you haven’t already read and loved Michaels debut novel For Reasons Unknown then you may want to pop over to Amazon and order both, you won’t be disappointed I promise.
When elderly George Rainsford goes to investigate a suspicious noise one night, the last thing he expects to find is a bloodbath. A man has been killed and a woman brutally beaten, left for dead.
The victims are Lois Craven and Kevin Hardaker – both married, but not to each other. Their spouses swear they knew nothing of the affair and, besides, they both have alibis for the attack. With nothing else to link the victims, the investigation hits a dead end.
The pressure is on for investigating officer, DCI Matilda Darke: there’s a violent killer on the loose, and it looks like her team members are the new targets. With no leads and no suspects, it’s going to take all Matilda’s wits to catch him, before he strikes again.
This is the second book in Michael Wood’s darkly, compelling crime series featuring DCI Matilda Darke. Ever since I read For Reasons Unknown, (which I absolutely loved by the way) I’ve been eagerly awaiting Outside Looking In. Now I don’t know about you but when I really love a book I’m always worried that the follow up book will be a bit of a let down, but I’m thrilled to report this book is just as good, if not better than the previous one. Outside Looking In delivers a chilling first chapter, I’m not going to say to much about the plot as its all in the book description but suffice to say “that first heart stopping Chapter”drew me in and kept me gripped until to the very last page. You could read Outside Looking In as a standalone, but I would recommend reading For Reasons Unknown first, just because it’s so darn good.
As DCI Matilda Darke investigates a man being killed, and a woman being brutally beaten and left for dead, it soon becomes clear to Matilda that she faces her most disturbing case yet, what follows is a well paced, dark, intriguing tale. Matilda Darke is fast becoming a favourite with me, as are her team, characterisation is spot on and natural sounding dialogue make the characters come alive. What I love about the main protagonist Matilda is that although she appears strong, determined and resourceful, she has a vulnerable side to her personality, she is struggling to cope with the death of her husband, and is haunted by a case she never solved, at times her mental health is questionable, but this is what makes Matilda a very credible and likeable character.
Outside Looking In is a very cleverly plotted crime thriller, there are so many threads to the investigation you can only wonder as the novel progresses how they are all going to tie together, but they do tie together in the most shocking way. Fraught with tension throughout, this was certainly “an edge of your seat” read. As the investigation reaches its dramatic conclusion I found my heart racing at the unexpected turn of events. Outside Looking In contains all the ingredients I look for in a crime thriller, a well devised plot, interesting characters, intrigue and a tale so well written it keeps me turning the pages, Michael Wood manages to cover every aspect wth aplomb. Shock, horror! I actually put off reading Peter James new book to read Inside Looking In, and I’m so glad I did, Michael Wood is certainly fast becoming one of my favourite British crime writers He writes with grit, enthusiasm and passion and manages to deliver on all fronts. I am not exaggerating when I say “I really can’t wait for next book in this must read series”.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Killer Reads (28 July 2016)
About Michael Wood
Michael Wood is a proofreader and former journalist in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. His first novel featuring DCI Matilda Darke, For Reasons Unknown, was released in the autumn of 2015. The follow-up, Outside Looking In, was released in May 2016 in ebook format by Killer Reads at HarperCollins.
Links To Michael Wood
In case you are interested I have also included a link to my review for Reasons Unknown and a Q & A I done with Michael in the very early days of The Book Review Café
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