Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson #review

Hold Your Tongue

Title: Hold Your Tongue
Author: Deborah Masson
Series: DI Evie Hunter #1
Publisher: Transworld


A brutal murder.
A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing.
A detective with everything to prove.
This is her only chance to redeem herself.
A serial killer with nothing to lose.
He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . .

Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.

[My Review]

Hold Your Tongue is an enjoyable start to this new detective series featuring DI Evie Hunter.

The plot is interesting but fairly easy to follow, with some of Evie’s past revealed and a definitely ‘gritty’ Aberdeen as the backdrop to the spate of killings which are under investigation.

Evie is a detective who has yet to get over the guilt of a previous mistake involving her colleague, and in many ways she’s a typical ‘troubled’ detective. This sometimes felt for a me a bit of a cliche, but I did warm to her as the book continued.

Hold Your Tongue features some other characters who feel realistic and interesting. Although Mearns seems like a difficult character at first, she has her own strengths, and there are plenty of other people on Evie’s team who offer an interesting array of personality traits and quirks. I like Deborah Mason’s character development in this novel and look forward to seeing how Evie and her team develop as the series goes on.

Overall this is a good read but I don’t feel like it would make my list of favourite police series (not from this novel alone yet, anyway). I will be interested to read further releases from this series though.

[Rating: 3/5]

Many thanks to the publisher, Transworld, for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.



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