Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.
Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.
But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?
Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…
I am delighted to be able to welcome you to the blog tour for an exciting new Bloodhound books release, Those That Remain by Rob Ashman.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books, Rob Ashman and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I’ve read a lot of thrillers over the last few months and i’m begining to get a feel for what works! For me characterisation is important, along with a strong and plausible storyline. Those That Remain fufill’s these criteria and is an exciting start to what is set to be, a must read series of books.
Rob Ashman has created in the Mechanic, a nemisis to his hero Lucas, who easily rivals any of the classic serial killers of literary and television fame. I loved how the writer sets up this game of cat and mouse between two equally matched adversaries, skilfully avoiding making one more prominent than the other. They are eveningly matched and as a result, you as the reader are left on tender hooks, wondering who will win out in the end.
The story itself is your classic page turner. You want and need to know the conclusion and so on you read. Brutal serial killers are nothing new or original, so it takes a strong writer to make a character like Mechanic stand out. Rob Ashman does this by giving him a very distinctive profile and teases the reader throughout with tit bits of information around the reasons for his shocking killing spree. He makes you understand the tortured mind that seeks to find release by destroying the lives of others. It seems wrong, but though you are repulsed by his actions, getting an insight into a killer driven by urges he can’t control, makes you begin to understand that some people are born killers while others are made so by events we can’t comprehend. He is without a doubt a character that both repulses and fascinates me and that’s the mark of excellent characterisation. I wanted the Mechanic, to be intelligent enough to outwit Lucas! By making him so fascinating, Rob Ashman, gave me a compulsive and addictive read.
I look forward to reading the other books in the series that are due to be published this year. Will Lucas be faced with a new enemy or will Mechanic live on? If you want to know if he does, your going to have to read Those That Remain!
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
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Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.