This is a story about a city. As with all others, it’s a place of violence. There are murderers, and they live among us.
This is also a tale about a couple — sometimes friends, occasionally lovers, but always partners. Dan and Olivia are fighting modern battles; the ones parents have over a lack of money, time or peace.
An escalating serial killer terrifies the streets and homes. The body count rises as their relationship crumbles. Society reveals its dark side, and no one is safe. Dan and Olivia experience this first-hand as danger closes in.
Will Abel’s reign of terror ever end?
Who will live and who will die?
I would like to thank the author Ross Greenwood and blog tour organiser Caroline Vincent for the ARC in return for an honest review.
So what were my favorite elements of Abel’s Revenge?
The strong central characters in Abel, Dan and Olivia, all of whom were well crafted by the author, have to feature at the top of that list. I like a great thriller, but I also need characters whom I enjoy reading about. Now it might seem strange to say I enjoyed reading about a serial killer, but I did, because Abel is damaged and fascinating at the same time. He is egoistical and deranged, yet it’s these very elements that keep you reading, especially when the author teases you about his identity within the novel. He is also not one dimensional, their are layers that are not lost in the madness, but highlighted by the writer. Then there is Olivia and Dan an everyday couple struggling with parenthood and work, caught up in the nightmare Abel has created. They are used with huge affect to show how a crimes never occur in isolation, the nervous hysteria draws many people into the whirlwind of fear, feeding Abel’s already deranged state of mind.
Another reason I loved this book, was the humour! You might not expect it in a story about a self declared agent of retribution and egoistical serial killer. But it’s there and I giggled more than once. Even some of Abel’s more bizarre moments had moments of dark hu mour and gave this fantastic thriller an edge missing from many other similar books.
The story itself is highly enjoyable, especially the effortless way the writing flows between Abel’s manic episodes and Dan and Olivia’s reaction to events and family issues. It has the edginess of a thriller with the added benefit of the human drama behind the murderous events holding a city in its thrall.
You can purchase Abel’s Revenge from Amazon.
About the author.
Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
Ross found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually, so he says “when things had gone wrong.” It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. And, according to Ross, he is “still a little stunned by the pace of it now.”
Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave the author the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep he completed it in the early morning hours.
Ross Greenwood’s second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and in September 2017, Fifty Years of Fear was published. All his books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour.
Ross Greenwood hopes you enjoy reading them.