When Hazel disappears, the police are convinced that her husband, Alex, has killed her. Three years after his conviction for murder, Alex and his sister, Alice, are devastated when their last appeal is rejected by the courts. With nowhere left to turn, Alice must start to put her life back together. Living in limbo herself, Alice has a chance encounter with Steve, an ex-solider turned PI who offers to look at the case files. Steve is convinced that the prosecution’s case is shaky at best, but can he find out the truth before it’s too late for Alex?
I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC of Psychosis in return for and honest review.
My absolute favourite thing about this book was the superb way the storyline was built up by the author Roger Bray. This top notch thriller is like a jigsaw puzzle, in that he feeds you the pieces of the story and builds it up into a completed picture. If fast based thrillers are your cup of tea, then this book will feel different, its about the investigation and the building of a case to free a wrongly convicted man. Evidence used to convict him is slowly pulled apart and a new picture built up of the actual events leading to Hazels disappearance. It’s fascinating and exciting and utterly compelling. I read on because I needed to see how the final events that freed Alex or left him in jail. Its quite masterly in how it all works and your left feeling very satisfied at the end!
The characterisation works perfectly. Steve, ex-solider was by far my favourite of the two main characters. Sometimes Pi’s can come across as a bit gruff and unbelievable! But he is warm, funny and caring and I rapidly came to like him. I wish he would feature in more books, because his background and skills need more stories built around him.
Definitely one of my favourite thrillers so far this year. It’s solid, fascinating and a very rewarding read.
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About the author- Roger Bray.
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops. My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing. Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school. So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.