My review of The Last Thread by Ray Britain

Accused of pushing a boy to his death in a failed suicide intervention, DCI Doug Stirling is suspended from duty. Attacked in the media and haunted by the boy’s smile as he let go of Stirling’s hand, he must look on helplessly as the incompetent Chief Inspector Ballard who is intent on destroying him investigates the boy’s death, supported by the vindictive Deputy Chief Constable, McDonald.

Weeks later, an anonymous call leads the police to a remote location and the discovery of a burnt-out car containing the body of an unidentified man who has been savagely murdered. Short of experienced senior investigators, ACC Steph Tanner has no choice but to take a professional risk. Throwing Stirling the lifeline he needs to restore his reputation, Tanner appoints him as SIO to lead the investigation.

But with no witnesses, no forensic evidence and more theories than investigators, Stirling’s investigation has far too many ‘loose threads’ as he uncovers a complex, interwoven history of deception, betrayal and sadistic relationships. Was the victim connected to the crime scene? Is the murder as complex as it appears? Or is there a simpler explanation? Still traumatised by the boy’s death and with time the enemy, does Stirling still have what it takes to bring the killer, or killers, to justice before McDonald intervenes?

Things are already difficult enough when DC Helen Williams joins the investigation, a determined woman who seems intent on rekindling their past relationship. And is Ayesha, the beautiful lawyer Stirling has grown fond of, connected to the murder somehow?


I was contacted by the author asking if I wanted to read the book in exchange for an honest review and after reading the blurb for the book I knew that this was definitely a book for me as it really did grab my attention.  I started the book with an open mind as I do for all new authors to me and I was gripped by the story within a few pages.

The writing style was brilliant and it really drew me in to the story which is quite hard hitting and gritty at times, dealing with some tough subjects but they are handled very well and boy did the story take me on a roller coaster of a ride!!  I really do recommend this book and am so pleased that I was contacted about reading it – no hesitation in giving the book a 5 star rating – I loved it!!



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