DI Eve Hunter is back in the edge-of-your-seat new detective thriller from Deborah Masson, winning author of the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year 2020.
A young man, the son of an influential businessman, is discovered dead in his central Aberdeen apartment.
Hours later, a teenaged girl with no identification is found hanged in a suspected suicide.
As DI Eve Hunter and her team investigate the two cases, they find themselves in a tug-of-war between privilege and poverty; between the elite and those on the fringes of society.
Then an unexpected breakthrough leads them to the shocking conclusion: that those in power have been at the top for too long – and now, someone is going to desperate lengths to bring them down…
Can they stop someone who is dead set on revenge, no matter the cost?
For weeks, my Twitter timeline has been FULL of people who have been shouting about how much they’ve loved this book and it’s been hard to keep to my reading schedule and be disciplined as I knew that it was going to be something really special before I even opened it. I absolutely love Deborah Masson’s writing and adored Hold your Tongue And if you haven’t read it you need to add it to your TBR pile without delay as it deserves every single one of its plaudits and more – so when Anne Cater asked me if I’d like to take part in the blog tour for Out for Blood, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
Although I was totally absorbed in the storyline in Out for Blood it is Deborah Masson’s writing itself that makes it such a treat to read. D.I Eve Hunter is so perfectly realised that it was hard at times to remember that she and her team are fictional characters rather than real people who I’ve been working alongside to get to the bottom of what’s happened with these two seemingly disparate crimes D.I. Hunter ends up in a very difficult situation to navigate; caught in a power play between the haves and the have nots of Aberdeen society where every false step puts finding out the truth ever more out of reach. The Scottish setting was something that really appealed to me as I love reading books set in a city that I know. Added to this was the fact that I love a strong female lead and Deborah Masson can really write them – I have really fallen for Eve’s personality and admire the way that her resilience and refusal to let her own challenges get in the way of trying to solve these cases.
D.I Hunter is never presented as just the sum of her challenging experiences or her PTSD, I think that it’s a testament to the strength of the writing that we are rooting for her throughout the novel as we see how determined she is not to let her own personal barriers get in the way of her ability to solve these crimes. Her relationship with the team is convincingly and depicted and the personal insights into their lives gives tiny chinks of relief in what can be at times a dark and unsettling read. The human trafficking angle is never sensationalised and we get drawn into the human impact of this unspeakable trade with sensitivity and insight.
Even though on the surface they are very different, both of these crimes are essentially connected by more than divides them. The novel’s portrayal of their relationship is never formulaic: the rich poor divide feels really vivid and true to life as the team navigate some harrowing and challenging situations. You will definitely find it hard to put this book down as you’ll be so wrapped up in their story that you’ll need to keep reading and find out how it all ends. DI Hunter is a feisty character who gets herself into a fair few unsettling scenarios it’s safe to say that there were parts of this novel that I read with a thudding heart and sweaty palms as I was not sure how it was all going to end. Needless to say, I was not disappointed and I’m really jealous of anyone who’s yet to start reading Out for Blood as they are definitely in for a treat this winter.
I absolutely recommend Out for Blood to people who really like to get their teeth into a story that is as far from formulaic and predictable as it is possible to be. In the present reading climate, many police procedurals can feel interchangeable – but this book certainly stood out a mile amongst the competition. I loved the deft characterisation as much as I enjoyed the plot and I will definitely be recommending it to friends of mine who enjoy a page-turning read with a lead character that you’ll be rooting for. Get yourself a copy of Out For Blood here on Hive and enjoy it whilst relaxing over the festive season or treat someone you love to a copy as a great Christmas gift…
Karen Sullivan has done it again and made me feel like if my TBR pile hasn’t got an Orenda book on it, then it’s somehow incomplete. I’ve already got Deity in my sights as my final read of the month and can’t wait to get it started.
READERS ARE OBSESSED WITH THE DI EVE HUNTER SERIES
‘One of the best books I’ve ever read!’
‘I loved DI Eve Hunter and her team’
‘Without a doubt the best police procedural I have read in a long time’
‘I cannot wait to see what else is to come in the DI Eve Hunter series’
‘You won’t want to stop reading this addictive crime novel’
‘Fantastic characters that you’ll fall in love with – I really couldn’t put this book down!’
‘Can’t wait for the next one . . . and the next one . . . and the next one!’
‘Out For Blood has everything you need in a crime thriller and more’ Rebecca Bradley
‘DI Eve Hunter is truly a force to be reckoned with’ David Jackson
‘This is first-class crime fiction’ Marion Todd
‘Not to be missed, edge-of-the-seat stuff from a genuine rising star’ Denzil Meyrick
Writer On The Shelf
Deborah Masson was born and bred in Aberdeen, Scotland. Always restless and fighting against being a responsible adult, she worked in several jobs including secretarial, marketing, reporting for the city’s freebie newspaper and a stint as a postie – to name but a few.
Through it all, she always read crime fiction and, when motherhood finally
settled her into being an adult (maybe even a responsible one) she turned
her hand to writing what she loved. Deborah started with short stories and flash fiction whilst her daughter napped and, when she later welcomed her son into the world, she decided to challenge her writing further through online courses with Professional Writing Academy and Faber Academy.
Her debut novel, Hold Your Tongue, is the result of those courses.
Hold Your Tongue has been widely well reviewed by readers and authors alike, with many comparing her favourably to Stuart MacBride. It won the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2020 and was longlisted for CWA New Blood Dagger 2020.