I came across this book whilst participating in a discussion on a Facebook group for readers of crime fiction. When the author contacted me directly offering the opportunity to review The Puppet Master, I was very keen to delve into this new series! Here’s my thoughts:
The Puppet Master (Ellie Shaw #1) – J. Lewis-Thompson
Format – Paperback (341 pages)
Publisher – J. Lewis-Thompson
Release Date – 3rd April 2019
A series of brutal murders terrorises an island community, it seems no-one is safe. As the body count builds, the investigating team, led by an incompetent Senior Investigating Officer, is being pressured for results. When expert profiler, John Prothero accepts a role with the Home Office, he recommends that Ellie Shaw takes over his position in the investigation. No one, least of all Ellie, believes that she has the maturity that taking the lead in the investigation
needs. But she has something that her mentor never possessed…
This book is very well written and left me full of questions and the drive to read on. When reading crime fiction I often I like to get to know the characters in depth (particularly the detective) and the first part of The Puppet Master just didn’t quite give that to me. However, as the events move forward, the writing becomes much more visual.
There are a plethora of characters at points which at times made it difficult to keep up, however it also led me down so many different routes and possibilities as to how this novel would end.
The chapters are fairly short which makes it very easy to devour the pages at pace, however there seemed to be a lack of natural pauses, which at times made the events of the story a little tricky to pick up on again after a break.
However, the final events, shocking twist (that I did not see coming!) has just made me so invested in Ellie Shaw and how her story continues! It was great to be with Ellie on her journey to becoming stronger in her work. The relationships between colleagues, the public and family really kept me on my toes!
A good read for the debut in the Ellie Shaw series. The second installment ‘Box of Lies’ has already caught my attention too! I gave The Puppet Master a four star review on Goodreads, and look forward to seeing what more is to come from this author!
To get in touch with the author, head over to www.jlewis-thompson.com!
**Thank you to Jaki (the author!) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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